Thursday, May 13, 2010

Botox in the Name of Research? You Bet!

I was writing a scene in my current novel and had to describe a woman getting Botox injections on her forehead and on the sides of her mouth. I researched the procedure, possible side effects, and results, but still didn’t have enough of a feel for what it would be like to be the recipient of this particular wrinkle obliterator.

I know women who’ve gotten Botox, but I didn’t feel comfortable strolling up to them and saying, “You’ve never admitted to getting this done, but since it’s physically impossible for you to scowl, I know you’ve had Botox. Can you tell me what it feels like?”

I think my Friends list on Facebook would decrease by one or two names.

Luckily, I brought up my dilemma to a nurse working at a dermatologist’s office. She told me I was just in time to take advantage of an open house and that I could get Botox for $50.

I weighed my options for about 5 seconds (in which I glanced in the mirror at the horizontal trench on my forehead) and thought, “What the heck.” I made an appointment.

Now, like most folks, I am not fond of needles. Botox is injected via a tiny syringe. At least, that’s what doctors always say. “Oh, this is a tiny needle.” Never looks tiny to me.

The doc explained that my “tiny” shot to the forehead wouldn’t produce results for 3-5 days and would last about 3 months. He gently slid the needle in and pumped my tissue with the filler. I immediately felt dizzy. It was unpleasant – like someone had injected a pint of water beneath my skin and there just wasn’t room for it. That feeling of pressure continued for five days and I had headaches when I never get headaches.

“I’ll never have Botox again!” I exclaimed to anyone who’d listen.

My husband has enjoyed teasing me. “Come on, give me one of your big-time frowns. Lemme see it. Lemme see.”

Of course I couldn’t.

My kids also loved my frozen forehead.

“Mom! You don’t look mad any more!”

“Oh, yeah?” I’d reply. “It’s all in the eyes, kids. Do my eyes look happy to you?”

So there you have it. Thank goodness I only had it done in the one spot. Now my book scene is realistic and my forehead looks like a sheet of glass. By this time next month my scowl will be back.

Maybe my character should have liposuction next….

What cosmetic procedures have you wanted to try (especially if no one knew about them)?

25 comments:

tonya kappes said...

You're brave. I haven't had any. My best friend had botox and she had pigment color change and was puffy for weeks. She looked TERRIBLE and has now scared me.

Kathryn Magendie said...

(here from twitter!) ....

I've always been curious about getting botox on my "forehead butt" but I know I won't do it - now I now for danged sure I won't do it - sounds unpleasant - erk.

Makes me laugh what your kids said! *haw!*

Sidney Ayers said...

Wow! When I heard what Botox was made of I swore I would never do it. Like Tonya says, you are BRAVE. As for procedures, I'm partial to a little nip and tuck. I lost an incredible amount of weight and most of it was in the stomach area so there's a lot of excess skin there.

Chris V. said...

Ow! I wondered what it was like, and doesn't sound good at all. Well a headache is not worth the pain of beauty. See? those Hollywood stars never 'fess up to the realities! Oh well; guess that line between my eyes has to stay.

Rural View said...

I just keep telling myself my face shows character - and obviously a hard life. :)

Julie Hyzy said...

I love hearing the truth from a real person about what it feels like to have a procedure. Like Sidney, I'm afraid of Botox, but that doesn't mean I'm not fascinated. I adore reading about all things cosmetic. The most exciting thing I've tried to date, though, is probably that Patricia Wexler overnight cream. Fun research! Thanks for sharing.

Julie

Krista said...

Very interesting (but I am sorry!) about the headaches. Makes a person wonder. You're braver than I am, JB!

I found a clip from a great documentary on the subject. If this doesn't stop anyone -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gveXb1nTdBo

However, if they're having a $50 special on eye-lifts, let me know!

~ Krista

Dru said...

you are very brave. I don't mind needles, but botox, not going to happen.

signlady217 said...

I think that the only procedure I would have done would be Necessary Reconstrutive Face Surgery (became necessary because of some type of accident). Other than that, I don't think it's gonna happen! Too scary for me. I think people like Heidi Montague (sp.?} who have some many surgeries so often must have some terrible self-image/self-esteem/emotional issues, and they don't understand that the surgery won't fix that. And that's really kind of sad.

Lover of Books said...

Nothing I am curious. I hate surgeries, needles, etc. So yeah, glad some one else did it for me. :)

Krista

Ladybear said...

You sure were brave. Now I know I won't be having botox for sure.
MaryC

jbstanley said...

I don't think Botox shareholders are going to like me for this blog, do you? LOL!

I should add that only 2% of patients experience headaches. Lucky me!

Kate Collins said...

Yeah, that pretty much does it for me and Botox, but like Krista, if there's a sale on eye lifts, I am SO there!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Sounds really uncomfortable...and then to have headaches on top of that? Ugh. Thanks for letting us all know.

Julie Hyzy said...

Hey... do you think Krista, Kate, and I could get a group discount on those eye lifts?
If so, I'm in!

Julie

Lindy said...

Oh the lengths we will go for the sake of our art! I'm glad you did it for us, JB, so there is authenticity in your books! It wouldn't do me any good to get any nips and tucks--I need more than a nip and what I've got won't "tuck."

Debra said...

I would not mind some help with varicose veins in my legs,if I could go under for the procedure. But Botox,a needle in my face?!! No thanks. If I did not have lines in my forehead how would anyone know I am the mom of a teenager?

Vicki said...

I'm with Debra..I'd do the spider veins in my legs, but nothing on my face please. And I am headache prone to begin with...I'm sure I'd end up in the 2%.

Heather Webber said...

You are brave, JB! I've had Lasik, which is considered cosmetic, and I'm having some broken capillaries zapped off my face this summer--really looking forward to that. I can't imagine getting Botox, esp. after your report.

Helen Kiker said...

There is no way that I would ever have cosmetic surgery. I do not like the look of the frozen face that many movie stars have.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks for your inspiring contribution to our well-being, Jennifer. You caused me to add to my own wrinkle collection from laughing (It's all in the eyes, kids. Do my eyes look happy?) but that's well worth it for this entertaining piece!

mj

Chèli said...

I'm so glad that you can be so candid about it so those of us who had it in the back of minds as a possibility can now make a logical and honest decision...not for me!

Chèli
Cheli's Shelves

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Mary Kennedy said...

I think it's really exciting (and brave!) that you did it! A fun experiment for 50 dollars, hey, count me in. Wish I could find something up here.

booklover said...

an eye lift would be the perfect birthday gift for me!! Saying goodbye to the varicose veins courtesy of my darling children would be the next...as far as my wrinkles...I have earned them all!! Just wish I could remember the stories that go with each one :-)