BeautyHack special correspondent Moore Soboleva underwent botulinum therapy for the first time in her life three weeks ago. Well, how is it?
I am 34 years old, of which at least 7 I live with wrinkles on my forehead. I remember so precisely because they appeared during the terrible Moscow smog of 2010. Wrinkles have happened to me before, because I have thin dry skin, but here they have not gone anywhere either after a moisturizing mask or after a change of care. And all these seven years my forehead infuriated me. I am calm about wrinkles in general and my own in particular - nasolabial folds, for example, accompany me about as long as I can remember - but these nasty creases, into which the foundation began to clog disgustingly over time, annoyed me terribly.
At some point, I realized that invasions could not be avoided - but I pulled with them to the last. I am terribly afraid of pain, I hate injections, and the idea of suffering in the name of beauty, to put it mildly, is not close to me: I need cosmetics not to decorate myself, but for self-expression, but what kind of self-expression is there? The years, meanwhile, passed, for some reason the wrinkles did not become less. But here in my life some real serious troubles happened, and, in general, I had something to do besides thinking about aging of the skin, so I pushed this story aside.
When I met Dr. Marina Ryabus, after the interview, looking down, I asked her to consult me personally - what, they say, can be done with my face? I asked to deal with the forehead - I am terribly afraid to get hooked on the procedures, to stop being myself and see Donatella Versace in the mirror. But Marina's approach is complex: she does not work with any particular problem, but looks at the whole person. Therefore, when I lay down on her table, it turned out that not only the forehead, but almost everyone would be pricked.
Dysport, one of the mildest variations of Botox, was chosen as the drug. At first, I was given an anesthetic cream - botulinum toxin injections are usually carried out without anesthesia, but I painted in paints how afraid of pain I was, so they decided to give me anesthesia. I was asked to curl and marked with a white pencil the points where they will be pricked. Then it turned out that this is not only the forehead and the bridge of the nose, but also the area above the upper lip (so, the doctors explained, the lip will rise slightly and stop tucking inward when talking), and the chin, and the line of the lower jaw (this should make the oval clearer). Marina and her assistants assured that my invaluable facial expressions (her examples in the picture above) will stay with me, that the doses will be minimal, and that it is best for me to close my eyes and relax now.
The last thing I can do when a syringe is brought up to my face is to relax, but okay. Everything turned out to be much faster and less painful than I thought: each injection is carried out so rapidly that you do not even have time to yell. The most unpleasant thing is to prick the area above the lip - here I did manage to squeak rather humiliatingly - but in general, all these years, planning Botox, I was preparing for more tangible suffering. When they washed me, it turned out that there were no papules on my face, and I can put on makeup right now and go to the meeting. The marks from the injections remained again above the lip, but minimal and such that in no time were hidden by the tonal agent. The anesthesia was gone within an hour.
Then it was amazing. After about five days, getting up in the morning, I realized that I could not brush my teeth and rinse my mouth in the usual way - the lower lip is not that not puffed out, but puffed out somehow not as usual. This was the only inconvenience I encountered as a side effect of botulinum therapy. In all other respects, the drug 'stood up' very gently.
The changes were gradual. My face never felt that it was frozen, but after about a week I realized that I look much better in the morning - yes, tired, sleepy, whatever, but not as if I died the day before yesterday (and that is how I looked last months at any time of the day). And after a week and a half, I finally saw in the mirror something that I did not even expect, but, of course, wanted to see. Yourself. My face became what it was about four years ago - before all the worries and sorrows of recent years fell on me.
The oval of the face was tightened, the lips became more symmetrical, the puffiness went away, the forehead was smoothed (but not to the state of a mannequin, as can be seen from this small video), the nasolabial folds softened. Even the area around the eyes, which has been avoided injections, is smoother and smoother. But the main thing is that this expression of grief and exhaustion, which was noticed by all my friends, even those who were not aware of the latest events in my life, is gone.
Opponents of invasions often say that cosmetology makes us different people, but aesthetic medicine has returned itself to me - without the imprint of the suffering that I got. I was able to survive them - and now my face also survived them. My experience has stayed with me, but my appearance finally adequately reflects my inner state. I won.
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