A fresher face that looks less haggard with lighter wrinkles appeals to me. I also won’t pretend that Botox, which can give me exactly that, isn’t appealing.
For background, I started proper skincare later in life. For most of my teens, I was a pure soap and water girl. It was only in my mid-twenties that I performed my day and night skincare routines of ‘cleanse, tone and moisturise’ religiously. However (to my credit), I have not stopped since I learnt the importance of establishing good skin. Still, some things from my lack of care in my youth haunt me, such as the expression lines on my forehead and recently crow’s feet.
Getting older is part and parcel of life. Given the million and one ways there are to die, its a blessing that I even wake up alive and healthy every day. But, let’s be real – I still want to look good while I’m alive and luckily, there are so many options today.
I’m admittedly no stranger to Botox and have had tried injections for my forehead lines before as part of my quest for a no-surgery V-shape face. Each time the procedure lasts for only three months, so the key is to plan in advance if you have any significant event that you need to look fresh for before getting your appointment. I have gone for many months or even years in between a Botox treatment, so it is not something you feel compelled to maintain regularly. You choose when you want it.
What is Botox?
For Botox newbies, Botox is an FDA approved neuromodulator that is injected into the skin to weaken or stop your muscle movement. It will smoothen out your face and remove or reduce the appearance of fine lines (especially the dynamic ones). One of the reasons Botox is so popular is that even if you don’t have many existing wrinkles, it can be used as a preventive treatment, so you don’t start getting those wrinkles in the first place.
Pick a good doctor
Always choose an excellent board-certified doctor specialising in aesthetic and dermatology with lots of references and good word-of-mouth reviews. My trusted doctor is Dr Gerade Ee from The Clifford Clinic in Singapore. He implements the Botox so well that there is no fear at all of looking ‘frozen’. The result I get at the end of treatment with him is always a natural, well-rested and relaxed version of me. My only gripe would be that this better version isn’t permanent.
Pain scares me, but in my personal opinion, Botox treatment is not as painful as it sounds. As a precaution, I do go to my appointment much earlier to get numbing cream slathered on all the key areas.
Before the procedure, Dr Ee makes me do some expressions to mark and evaluate my lines.
My first area of concern is the ‘LL line’ or the deep forehead lines which appear every time I look up or even just widen my eyes in shock. As someone who has squinted at her screen since I was in my teens, my Botox areas of injection also includes the glabella complex, which is the muscle group that makes the frown lines between the brows. Lastly, for the very first time, Dr Ee will also be applying botox for my crows’ feet.
The injection itself barely takes five minutes, and there might be little ant bite lumps at the needle entry points, but it goes away quickly. A gold facial massager is placed on my face to distract me during the injection. Botox is safe and effective.
Here are videos of me doing all the expressions before and after Botox so you can see the differences. The videos are uploaded straight from my phone with no edits at all.
Before Botox (taken while having the numbing cream on)
A few weeks after Botox
I look more rested and am happier that my unwanted lines are gone. A fitter skin does wonders for my mental health as well.
If you want to make a consult at The Clifford Clinic, here’s the contact.
24 Raffles Place
#01-03 Clifford Centre
(Exit A from Raffles MRT)
Mon to Fri: 10 am to 8 pm
Sat: 10 am to 5 pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays