I know this is not my normal fashion post and if this topic does not interest you at all, feel free to just X out. I realize this type of material can be controversial so here is my two cents… I am all for whatever anyone wants to do to that makes them happy and makes them feel good about themselves. Whether that’s a little Botox, a little yoga, a little retail therapy, whatever. I am not here to judge anyone.
I have always taken an interest in cosmetic procedures. I remember as a teenager watching Dr. 90210 and just being SO captivated. I also remember watching Trauma: Life in the ER and just being so intrigued and interested in healthcare. I always used to tell my dad I wanted to be a plastic surgeon- over the years that dream morphed into becoming a nurse but the interest in cosmetic procedures still stands.
After having my second baby and being in my early 30’s- things with my body just are not what they used to be. Sleepless nights really show up on my face in the form of dark circles and wrinkles unlike in my college days when all I needed was a waffle from the cafeteria to feel like myself again after a night out. I would be looking at pictures of myself and really not like what I was seeing- the lines on my forehead especially. I have a pretty prominent resting scowl-especially when I am thinking or concentrating and I wanted it gone ASAP. Long story short, I made an appointment with Dr. Burke- a well-known aesthetic physician at Maine Laser Skin Care-to get a couple procedures done in hopes of making myself feel like ‘me’ again. Botox and fillers were on the agenda.
I had a million questions for Dr Burke- many of which I accumulated over time from my friends that were curious about one or both of the procedures. This was not my first time getting Botox so I more or less knew what to expect but I had no idea what to expect from the fillers. Let me also just say- being pro-cosmetic procedures, I never hated my lips but I am always curious to try new things, especially when I know they are not permanent.
My Botox had long since worn off from before being pregnant with Elliott so I basically had to start fresh again. The appointment started off with me putting numbing cream on my face in the places that I thought I would like the Botox and a different numbing cream on my lips. Fast-forward a second to the procedures- I don’t think the facial numbing cream really did anything but I also don’t think Botox really hurts (except between the brows where the majority of the medication goes). The numbing cream for your lips though- DAMN. That stuff is intense. I couldn’t feel my lips for a couple hours.
When Dr. Burke came in we discussed the plan and my ‘problem’ areas. The Botox was the first procedure we did and like I remembered, it takes maybe 5 minutes TOPS and really does not hurt except between the brows- there is the most pain/pressure there due to the volume being injected. In total I believe I got about 40 units- 20 between the brows, and the rest sprinkled across my forehead, above the outer part of my brows to give them a little lift and in the area of my crows feet. It really wasn’t that bad and the results make what little pain you feel WELL WORTH IT.
Next up- lips. I was actually pretty nervous for this. Dr. Burke told me most people are surprised and say it hurts much less than they were expecting and I will say, I also found that to be the case. He used Juviderm Vobella XC which is the softest of the fillers and lasts up to a year. He used one syringe total, mostly on my top lip and a little on my bottom lip. All I could feel was a slight prick of the needle but that is really it. I would rate it a 2-3 out of 10 on the pain scale. The lip injections do take a little longer than the Botox and after he sort of molds your lips with his fingers. The part that I wasn’t expecting is after getting your lips done, you should not drink anything hot for a few days. I had my procedures done on a Thursday and he told me to wait until Monday to start drinking hot coffee again. Smoking is also a big no-no because your lips can remold and you will have some not-so-pretty results.
So that was it. I was done and survived. I will say though, I did get a little woozy for a minute when everything was all said and done. I think it was because I was thinking about how many needle pricks I had just gotten to my face-for real. I used to put IVs in people and give shots all day long but when it comes to me as the patient, it’s a whole different story. I was fine after just a couple of minutes and a sip of water though. I was able to go home, pick up lunch, pick up Emmy at school, etc. I had one small bruise from one of the Botox injections but that was it. My lips never bruised or got sore either. I have heard horror stories of people’s lips bruising or being incredibly sore after injections but I didn’t find that to be the case at all.
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of having the right provider with the right experience doing the injections. I can very easily see how some people can have a negative experience and be upset with their results. Thankfully, Dr Burke is amazing and with him I immediately knew I was in good hands.
Now that I am about 3 weeks out, the Botox has set in and I am truly impressed and obsessed with the results. Even my husband told me my skin looks much smoother. I am able to raise my brows and make facial expressions but I am not able to scowl, which I am happy about. I noticed in recent pictures that I don’t see the crows feet that I was seeing around my eyes either. As for my lips, they look and feel great. They are very soft and natural-looking.
I will definitely be going back to Dr. Burke in the future. I had such a great experience. You can tell he loves what he does and has a lot of patience for someone like me who comes in with a million questions and wants to take pictures every step of the way. He and his staff were super warm, inviting and professional. Dr. Burke is located in Augusta Maine at Maine Laser Skin Care. He is the leading Botox provider for the state. Trust me when I saw you will be in very good hands should you choose to go see him! You can also check out his Facebook Page here.
Stay tuned for my Q & A with him about everything Botox and Fillers related….