Botox & Fillers 101

24 04
botox and filler 101

Hey there, babes! I have received SO many questions about skin as well as botox and fillers. I’m V open about what I’ve gotten done and I’m here to keep it 100! Y’all have been requesting this for months, so I hope this helps!! See below for a breakdown of each.

I am 33 and I began my journey with the “needle” when I turned 30. 😉 I know many of you in your 20’s want to know when you should start. Botox is preventative but it’s really up to you. I’d consult with your nurse/doc that you are seeing.

The first thing I ever did was botox to soften my fine lines in my forehead and crows feet. When I went in to see the nurse, I also told her that my under eye area always bothers me. I constantly look tired and puffy regardless of what I ate/drank/slept the day before. She suggested a tiny bit of filler in the tear trough under my eyes. Let me tell ya, I was very nervous about doing it. I didn’t want to look “different” or have her f*ck up my under eye area as it’s SO sensitive!! It’s definitely normal to be nervous, so a consultation before hand eased my anxiety. I finally went ahead and did my under eyes and for me, it was a GAME CHANGER. The third and final thing I did was filler in my top lip. I wasn’t looking for a big pout. My goal was to fill out my cupids bow and hydrate my lips. A little filler did the trick! There is a specific technique when inserting the filler to make it not look like a duck… I’ll explain below 😉

I want to look soft and natural like I know the majority of women do. Remember boos, we are enhancing what we already have! I truly believe everyone has the right to do what they chose, so NO judgement over here. If you’re not about this, it’s ok, don’t read this post.

Alright, let’s get into each in a bit more detail…

What the difference between Botox and Filler?

Botox reduces the activity of muscles in the face that cause wrinkles. Facial fillers, however, fill the trouble areas with collagen, which helps to stimulate collagen growth in the face as well as plump and lift the skin to replace collagen loss.


Botox {average cost $10-$15/unit}

[1] Forehead {horizontal lines} – The forehead is where I needed it the most as I’m very expressive. Botox is used in this area to freeze the muscles and soften lines. You will receive multiple injections spaced throughout the top of the forehead to evenly dispense the treatment. For many people they find getting botox in their forehead also helps to lift their eye lids. I personally didn’t want to have a completely frozen forehead, keeping some movement, so I opted for less botox. As far as pain, I think there is little to none. Essentially it feels like a little pinch. It will leave little red marks after injected but should go down pretty much immediately. Most people do not bruise.

[2] Frown {vertical lines} – The frown area is also called the 11. I don’t have an issue with this area, meaning it doesn’t bother me. Maybe I just SMILE too much 🙂 lol I did get a small amount just to soften the area.

[3] Crows Feet {eye smile lines} – I didn’t do this area until I was 31. At first I didn’t know you could treat crows feet with Botox. My nurse told me it is very safe and really helps with fine lines around the eyes, appearing much smoother. I LOVE it!! I would NOT recommend using botox UNDER the eyes. Remember botox and filler are different things!

Amount used – mine varies every time.

Average amount used – forehead 6-20 units, frown 20-35 units and crows feet 6-15.

Time treatment lasts – average 3-4 months


Fillers {average cost $350-800/syringe)

[1] Under Eye {tear trough} – Alright, y’all… this is a game changer!! Once I hit my late 20’s my under eye area really started to bother me. I was hollowed out and looked tired ALL THE TIME. Until going in for my first Botox sesh, I didn’t realize there was anything I could do. I’m SO thankful my nurse told me about Restylane. Just a little bit of filler in my tear trough made all the difference. This area was a bit more sensitive around the injection site than Botox as the eye skin is fairly thin. Trust me, y’all can handle it! 😉 You can bruise in this area but it is not common.

Product usedRestylane

Amount used – .6 syringe

Average amount used – 1 syringe

Time treatment lasts – average is 6 to 9 months, mine lasted over a year

[2] Lips {upper lip} – This was the one area I didn’t even know I wanted done until I added a little something, something. I had a friend convince me to try just a baby bit in my top lip to help lift my cupids bow and add hydration. NO regrets ova here!! I have gotten it done 3 times in the past 3 years – adding just a little bit each time. This past visit I tried Vera, a new FDA approved product, that has hyaluronic acid in it. This means, it not only lifts and plumps, but gives you an extra dose of hydration! I’m LOVING it. When injecting lips, it’s very important that your nurse inserts the needle at the top of you lip, facing down. This allows your lips to lift up as they naturally would. Another technique is to inject horizontally but that will cause more of a duck/tube look – NOT for me! I will be honest with you babes, the lips are the most sensitive and painful area. I suggest putting ice on the area to help numb before your nurse injects.

Product usedVersa

Amount used – .2 syringe

Average amount used – 1 syringe

Time treatment lasts – average is 6 to 18 months

As always, comment below with any questions!! If you’re interested to see where I went in LA to get my work done, click here!

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  1. Hey!! I’m a fellow Idahoan just wondering if you have found anyone great in the area or if you always see your gal in LA!

    Thanks for the post and your rawness!

    • Hi Alyssa! I have found a great place here in Idaho, Pure Medical Spa. They have a location in Boise and Hailey. I have done my BBL laser with them and dysport. Let me know if you have any more questions! xo

      • I was inspired by your blog posts and IG highlights with your daytime/nighttime skin care routine AND your Botox/fillers procedures that I wanted to start giving both a try, yikes! LOL I’m not getting any younger and I want to take better care of my skin/face.
        What do you recommend I do, advice please?
        In order to determine my skin type, etc. should I get a facial first? I wanted to try out some of your skin care products as well. Or set up a consultation with a cosmetic surgeon and start the process for Botox/fillers?

        • Hi Shanelle! Glad I could help 🙂
          Yes, girl… you got to take care of yourself!
          I would suggest getting a facial – that’s a great start. I have combo/oily skin and live in a dry climate so I am hydration heavy! I’d pair getting your skin routine down with botox to help smooth lines.
          xo

          • Ok I’ll give both a try. I’ve never had a facial, what type of facial should I try for my first time?

  2. Thanks for this was helpful!
    I have been debating the under eyes for a while now…I should probably just do it 🙂

  3. I have always wanted to plumb my upper lip as long as I can remember!! I do not want to look different. Do you have a before and after pic?