Hello my fashion disciples! Recently I started to notice some very faint fine lines popping up around my forehead and I dived deep into the world of anti-aging in a pure panic to prevent them from getting worse. The older I get the more I have began to worry about my skin and its appearance, I mean I won’t be 25 forever people! Amongst the countless serums and creams I found to help me on my quest to a flawless face, the option to get Botox appeared again and again. Botox seemed like a drastic measure to take at such a young age and surely I didn’t want to look “frozen” so I decided to get some answers about Botox and how even at my age, it can be a step in the right direction for a wrinkle-free complexion. I had the chance to sit down with Danielle Smith NP-C, co-founder of Miami’s own BotoxLABB, during Miami Swim Week and have all my questions answered. Labb was created by beauty guru Joey Chancis, founder of Joey New York, together with her partner Danielle Smith. See below for the full interview! xx
T: So Danielle, what exactly is Botox?
D: BOTOX® Cosmetic is designed to reduce the repetitive muscle contractions that cause frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. Lines and wrinkles caused by active movements or expressions are what we call dynamic wrinkles. As the BOTOX® Cosmetic takes effect (about 5 to 7 days) you will notice a visible smoothing of your crow’s feet lines and frown lines between your brows.
T: Okay perfect because you see these forehead lines, they are not cute! I feel that Botox is usually for someone older than myself though. At what age should someone start doing Botox?
Well first let me start by saying that everyone is different. There are a lot of factors that play into facial aging and premature aging, including sun exposure, environment, diet, hydration, skin care and good ol’ genetics. The best time to start is when you are looking in a mirror and you make an expression to see the lines, then relax. Are the lines still there? Even faintly, can you see an impression of it? If you answer yes, then it’s time for some Botox! Those lines you see will only continue to increase with continued muscle use and exposure. It is much easier to do BOTOX® Cosmetic once a year on a preventative front, rather than coming in a few years down the road and having to do much more to correct those deeper lines. Similar to a healthy diet and exercise routine, it is never too late to start but the sooner you start, the better the results will be.
T: Well my lines definitely stay there after I do my a thousand and one expressions. I have seen so many people with this horrible “frozen” look to their face from Botox though, I’m terrified I’ll come out looking like a statue. Is there any way to avoid this “frozen” look?
D: I know the look you’re talking about and rest assured there are ways to avoid it. First off, go light – if you go light though, expect it not to hold as long and may require you to come in more frequently. You can also rotate the areas you inject instead of doing all three at once. For example, do the crows feet then move onto the forehead next appointment.Even though the frozen look isn’t for you, some people do enjoy this look. At The Labb we are very conservative and always prefer to provide a natural look. We focus on smoothing out the wrinkles but allow movement so it doesn’t look like you have had Botox. It simply looks as if you look youthful and refreshed. We do get some requests from our clients who want to have a “frozen” tighter and smoother look. Some other effects we can achieve with Botox include a subtle brow lift. After we spend time discussing the options we always work together to get the results our clients are looking for.
T: Yeah, no frozen look for me. I love my expressions too much! So if I take the plunge and get botox, what’s my maintenance plan looking like for touch ups and such?
D: When first starting with a patient, I tell them to expect to come in for a touch up. It takes building a relationship with the patient to get to know what they like and to see how the products work for them. I much prefer to be conservative to start and then add on whatever additional is needed for a touch up. For maintenance, it depends on how far along you are in the aging cycle to determine how often you would need to come in to re-do your BOTOX® Cosmetic. If you have moderate to severe wrinkles I would recommend staying on top of your BOTOX® Cosmetic cycle with consistency at every 3 to 4 months. If you are more of a preventative case, you can get away with doing BOTOX® Cosmetic once every 6 months to a year.
Well, it’s looking like I might have you set up an appointment sooner than later to get these wrinkles in check before I hit 30! Thanks so much for your time and explaining it all to me! I feel much more comfortable now and have a better understanding of Botox and what it can do for me.
D: You’re welcome! Hopefully, we will see you at the LABB soon!
For appointments or more info on the LABB please visit botoxLABB.com, or call (305) 783 – 7001. Trust me, you won’t regret contacting them