Do you ever catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and think to yourself “Eh, I wish I could change that”. Well guess what? Thanks to a lot of advancements in medical cosmetic treatments, there are a whole slew of modern non-surgical options for people who want to turn the clock back. They’re a lot more affordable than you may think, too.
I recently had the opportunity to have a consultation with Dr. Anna Petropoulos at the New England Facial & Cosmetic Surgery Center in Danvers and I am excited to tell you about my experience.
*Disclosure: I was provided with complimentary services in exchange for sharing them here. All opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.
Dr. Anna Petropoulos offers the latest techniques at her Boston area practice for facial plastic surgery and non-surgical facial rejuvenation. During my consultation, she evaluated my specific needs and suggested the best treatment for me based on my skin type and bone structure.. I was also impressed by the fact that she didn’t make any false promises, so my expectations were realistic.
The ancient Greek Goddess of Beauty, Aphrodite, is Dr. Petropoulos’ inspiration. Her philosophy is that classic beauty arises from natural, symmetrical proportions. Dr. Petopoulos has over decade of experience using natural facial fillers in facial volume restoration. Harvard-trained Dr. Petropoulos is actually one of the few physicians in the United States named as a National Education Faculty member for artistry in the use of BOTOX Cosmetic treatments and for facial volume restoration using the three main natural facial filler substances – JUVÉDERM® XC, RADIESSE®, and Sculptra®.
During my consultation, Dr. Petropoulos and I talked about Botox. She explained to me how our eyelids droop a little each year and that a Botox injection would help lift them up a little bit & make me look more youthful.
You might be thinking “Why would anyone get Botox so young”? The answer is simple – as a preventive measure. As for me, I tend to scrunch up my forehead/eyebrow a lot and started developing lines across my forehead at a young age. Getting Botox made it physically impossible for me to scrunch my forehead, which stopped the wrinkles from forming.
The Botox also served to help train the muscles in my forehead to keep me from scrunching, so even when the Botox wears off, I’m less likely to frown, which will keep me from getting wrinkles in the future.
Here’s what you need to know about getting your first Botox injection.
1. Go au naturel!
The doctor will clean your skin with rubbing alcohol before you get your Botox shot (s), so feel free to show up to your appointment with nothing on your face. If you wear makeup, they will end up taking it off anyway.
2. It only takes a few minutes.
I got a total of seven shots and it took about 10 minutes total from the time she wiped my face with the rubbing alcohol until the time she was done with the last injection.
3. It hurts, but just a little.
Of course, it depends on the person administering it, but it’s pretty easy. Dr. Petropoulos is one of the industry leaders when it comes to Botox, so she knows exactly how to inject it quickly and efficiently. A single injection feels like somebody is pinching your skin with a pair of tweezers and it literally only lasts for about a second. Dr. Petropoulos uses needles that she imports from Germany & they are as thin as a strand of hair, so you will feel the injection, but as far as injections go – it’s really not that bad at all.
4. Avoid exercise and touching the injection sites the day of your injection.
Patients who get Botox injections are advised not to touch or massage the areas that were injected
5. Yes, your face will feel “tighter” in the places where you had the injections.
The weirdest part for me is that I can’t frown. I literally can’t frown (and that’s not a bad thing I suppose). The area may be sensitive for a day or two after you get injected as well.
6. It doesn’t kick in immediately!
It depends on the person, but it usually takes about two to four days for the Botox to “take”, so don’t worry.
While I was at the office they took some “before” photos and then when I went back two weeks later for a different procedure (which I will tell you about soon), they took more photos so that we could look side by side and see the difference. The photos were taken from different angles & they had me make certain expressions as well. No comment please about my Sasquatch eyebrows in the before pictures – I had an appointment to get them waxed the following day.
In the before picture on the left, you can see that my eyelids were drooping and you can clearly see the wrinkles on my forehead when I lifted my eyebrows. It’s subtle, but you can see the difference that the Botox made in the photo on the right.
In these next photos, you can see the droopy eyelids from a different angle.
And finally, take a look at the crows feet on the left. The Botox smoothed a lot of them out, which you can see on the right.
I know that was a lot of information and if you’re anything like me, you probably still have questions. Here is some more information to help you make an informed decision.
How often do you get it? Three to four times a year. A Botox injection lasts for roughly three months and it does wear off gradually. Once that happens, you will need to go back for another injection.
How much does it cost?
It depends on where you go. Most places charge by the “unit,” but the prices can vary. Some places are as cheap as $10 or $15 per unit, but some charge even more. Dr. Petropoulos is different when it comes to pricing. She charges per dose, not per unit, so you are paying only for what you need when you see her for your Botox.
Dr. Petropoulos was able to tell just by looking at my face for a few minutes how much Botox I needed in each area. She has a unique way to diagram each patient, so she will know the dose for future injections.
Do I need a consultation first?
If you know for sure you want Botox, I am sure you can make an appointment somewhere and go get it, but when it comes to your face I think it’s a good idea to consult with a reputable physician like Dr. Petropoulos. Dr. Petropoulos actually trains people on how to give Botox injections, so it’s pretty obvious she knows a thing or two about Botox. When it came to my face, I wanted to make sure I got my Botox from someone like Dr. Petropoulos really understands and knows all the muscles in the face – not someone who took a weekend course on how to give a Botox injection.
If you’re not sure about Botox, you should schedule a consultation.
Will people notice that I look different after I get Botox?
Nope. It’s not conspicuous at all. You’ll notice it on yourself, but it’s very slight and you definitely will not look like one of the Real Housewives.
Yes, Botox is safe!
It’s an FDA-approved treatment for the area between your eyes, forehead, the side of your eyes where you crow’s feet are and your cheeks. Fun fact: Botox is used to treat migraines, neck and shoulder pain and excess sweating.
Professionals should be certified.
Guys, it’s your face – go to a reputable, trained physician like Dr. Petropoulos. Again, it’s your face! It’s the first thing someone is going to see when they look at you. You can go where you want to get your Botox, but I am not taking any chances with my face.
Most importantly, Don’t be afraid to ask questions! You should definitely feel comfortable with your decision and the person who is going to be doing the injection. Choosing a cosmetic surgeon is one of the most important decisions you have to make, so don’t settle for just anyone. Do your research, consider their experience and certifications and make sure you find the doctor that’s right for you. Dr. Anna Petropoulos has over a decade of experience developing and refining both surgical and non-surgical treatments & they are all customized to the unique needs of the individual. Plus she is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery. She has completed residencies in Head and Neck Surgery with two additional formal fellowships in Facial Plastic Surgery at Harvard and Ottawa Universities.
No matter what areas of your body that you’re looking to improve, the New England Facial and Cosmetic Surgery Center offers a wide variety of services to help you look your best. They offer many surgical & non-surgical procedures as well as skin care and anti-aging treatments. Dr. Petropoulos can even help with your snoring & sleep apnea. Many of the procedures they offer likely won’t be found elsewhere.
If you follow me over on Instagram, you probably saw this photo that I posted right after I walked out of the office the day of my Botox.
Again, I am not a doctor. I am just sharing my own personal experience and yours may differ. If you are considering having a procedure done and you live in Massachusetts, or even northern New England, consider giving Dr. Petropoulos a call. She has a great deal of experience and she is extremely knowledgeable in her field, which is exactly what made her one of Boston’s best. Not to mention her staff is all lovely. Everyone in the office is friendly and extremely helpful.