Have you had or will you ever have fillers, injections, etc?

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A ton of you have wanted me to pose this question to the group, and I have to admit I’m pretty curious too, and will own up to having Botox injections years ago when I thought they might help my migraines (sadly, they didn’t). But I’m all for doing whatever feels right in the name of feeling good about yourself and your appearance. Share your thoughts in the comments, which you can access by clicking on this post.

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30 Thoughts on Have you had or will you ever have fillers, injections, etc?
    jbro
    17 Jul 2018
    3:50pm

    I have gotten Botox injections in my 11s four times now…. and I wish I had started sooner, since my lines are so deep that even botox cannot flatten them. It took me forever to admit to myself that I should just do it, seeing as I am scared of needles (Xanax helps here) and years ago, when I was a young lass, swore up and down that I would NEVER inject botulism into my face. I like the results and will do it again.

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      Lolabelle
      18 Jul 2018
      12:52pm

      Mine too can never be totally flat but the lines have improved noticeably and my makeup no longer gets trapped in the creases. I wish I had started sooner as well. Now if I can just find something for my neck…

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        readyforsummer
        18 Jul 2018
        1:50pm

        You could read Norah Ephon’s I Feel Bad About My Neck for your neck 🤣

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      jenny r
      19 Jul 2018
      3:20am

      jbro, ask your plastic surgeon to put a bit of filler into your 11s to fill them out. It works great and also lasts a lot longer than botox alone!!

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    amyinstl
    17 Jul 2018
    5:28pm

    I did Botox once about 10 years ago for my 11s. It worked but only for two months and was so expensive that I decided I could spend that same money on new shoes or makeup and make myself happier. I’ve since switched up my skin care and exfoliation routine and the results are good enough that I’m glad I don’t do Botox anymore.

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    Mary Alice
    17 Jul 2018
    5:35pm

    I have done filler in my “marionette” lines – those little lines that run vertically from your nose down to the outside of your mouth – for a few years. I have a naturally thin face, so I like the way it ever so slightly plumps things up. The best part is no one has ever noticed and no one in my family even knows I do it. I tried Botox once and hated the way I couldn’t move my forehead, so I never did it again.

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    themis
    17 Jul 2018
    6:32pm

    Not yet to fillers or Botox; although since, so far, I’d rather have more laugh lines than less, wrinkliness is a lower priority to improving my skin in general. I do have a trusted and highly trained tech do a conservative microneedling session on my face, neck, and decollete every other month. It kind of picks everything up off the floor and plumps it up, as it were, and has been evening out my skin texture and tone, as well. I alternate those with dermabrasion and gentle lactic peels.

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    Lauren R
    17 Jul 2018
    8:23pm

    I have, but the slightest amount, in the lines on my forehead. They weren’t super deep and I could still move my forehead afterward; you’d never guess I had it done and when I told a couple of close friends they were absolutely shocked as they consider themselves savvy in spotting ‘work’ and couldnt tell at all. I mostly just didn’t want them to get deeper and was happy with the results. I’ve only done it twice so tbd if I’ll do it again.

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    Francine
    17 Jul 2018
    10:13pm

    Are ya kidding me? I’ve been doing this since 1997. Yep, first adopter status. Back then it was $99 for the whole shebang. It was about 7 years into it when I finally told my husband (he never noticed). I still go every 4 months or so. I ask for the complete freeze frame…it’s probably about 70 units or so. I’m super expressive with my hands, etc, so no one has ever noticed.

    I credit botox, sunscreen and retin A for my nearly wrinkle free complexion. I’ll tell anyone who’ll listen that it’s a necessity!

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      readyforsummer
      18 Jul 2018
      11:33am

      You’ll never go wrong with sunscreen & retin A/tretinoin!

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    Hannah
    17 Jul 2018
    11:00pm

    I’ve had Botox and also laser for dark spots. I keep doing the Botox in my 11s because it actually does help my migraines, but I quit doing it on my forehead because it limits my ability to raise one eyebrow. No matter what, I need that level of sarcasm to be able to show up on my face. I’ll definitely do the laser again when I can afford it.

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    slou117
    17 Jul 2018
    11:48pm

    I’ve regularly gotten 10-20 (increased over the years) units of Botox to soften the “11” lines between my eyes for a number of years now. Just added another 20 years to soften the lines around my eyes and it makes a huge difference!

    I’ve tried fillers but never shelled out for enough to make a noticeable difference. Might eventually get a touch to enhance the lips–nothing Kylie Jenner though!

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    Gables girl
    18 Jul 2018
    1:19am

    That’s my picture, Kim! I’ll be 53 in two months. Lotsa sunscreen and a little Botox.

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    amanda
    18 Jul 2018
    6:16am

    I had gotten Botox injections for years before one time, with the same amount injected in the same places by the same very qualified doctor, I experienced the most excruciating headaches and dizziness in that lasted the entire 3-4 months until it wore off. I always share this story bc I never thought it could happen to me!

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    readyforsummer
    18 Jul 2018
    11:31am

    I have been doing Dysport for about 8 years. This is interesting, Botox didn’t work for me. I tried it for a year (getting injected every 3 months) between my eyebrows and the full effect, which didn’t truly stop me from being able to squeeze my eyebrows together, would only last for about 10 days. She switched me to Dysport after a year and it works perfectly. I get injected every 4 – 5 months now. Two years ago I started getting lip and cheek fillers, Dysport in my crows feet, and in my chin to alleviate my naturally frowns mouth. Amazing!! If you go to a good injector you’ll get just enough to look better, not overdone, and no one will know unless you tell them. People often ask me how I have such good skin(a lot is good genes) and say I don’t look my age (51). I tell people I do it so they will know you can get fillers and look fantastic and not weird. I have been using tretinoin for 20 years, religious about sunscreen (neutragena products are the best drugstore brand), and have good Italian skin genetically. Once a year I get a good chemical peel, usually a Vitalize. I also get a vascular laser treatment for my diffuse redness & broken capillaries every 2 years at a minimum and plan ahead for that financially since it’s at least $750. The thing with injections is you should start when you’re ready to be committed to sticking with it. There’s no point in spending all that money and only doing it once. You’re doing nothing to prevent wrinkling if you do it once. You have to keep up with it, like coloring your hair. The other thing I love is dermablading to get rid of the peach fuzz on my face and a layer of skin — excellent exfoliator!!

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      Francine
      18 Jul 2018
      1:27pm

      Oh gosh, you’re my long lost twin. Where do you live? Always curious to know if skin care & maintenance fanatics extend beyond the coastal states (I’m in SoCal).

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        readyforsummer
        18 Jul 2018
        1:49pm

        I’m in the upper Midwest

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        tily
        18 Jul 2018
        2:50pm

        I’m in SoCal!

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    Susan
    18 Jul 2018
    11:48am

    I do the botox 2 x’s a year on the 11’s ever since I looked in the mirror and saw “the Donald glare” staring back at me. Scary.

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    Lolabelle
    18 Jul 2018
    12:48pm

    I swore I would never inject anything into my face. Then, at 46, I stopped working in the corporate world and went to makeup school for a career change. For the next 2 months I was in a room that was covered in mirrors and filled with 17 year olds who just got out of high school (no joke – some of them still watched Nickelodeon). Anyway, I never felt that I looked “old” until then. I never noticed the deep horizontal lines in my forehead or the deep “11” between my brows (one 1 deeper than the other). I noticed them on my mother but never on me. I also started using a 5x magnifying mirror to do my makeup (old eyes) and suddenly realized my foundation was getting stuck in the creases on my brow. At the same time I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Knowing my husband would do anything to make me feel better I told him that I wanted to get Botox with a portion of our tax check that year. It cost $250 and it was the best investment in myself that I’ve ever made. While working at a very low paying job at a well known makeup store, I literally SCROUNGED my pennies, sold my designer stuff that I no longer needed on Poshmark, took any freelance job I could get and bought anything and everything through eBates in order to get a quarterly rebate check – in order to continue. I’ve been to 3 different practitioners – 2 dermatologists and 1 botox “expert”. All came very highly recommended and all did a great job. Conservative yet noticeable by myself and my husband. Others think I just look refreshed and not my age (recently turned 50). I have tried Dysport twice – the first time it produced the same results as Botox but took longer to take effect. The second time it held my lines at bay but didn’t improve the appearance. So for me, Botox is better. If you are thinking about it – do it. But as one of the other commenter’s said – don’t do it unless you are ready for the financial commitment. Sometimes I can go 4 months, sometimes 5 – sometimes it costs 200 and sometimes 300 (I get about 30 units – my lines are deep and I have started having a little done around my eyes). I get a headache usually the first and/or second day after and then I am totally fine. I am now back in the corporate world and it is no longer something that I have to scrounge to pay for, but if I had to, I would. I’d like to try getting my lips done because I have little tiny lines that look like smoker’s lines but are not (thanks again, Mom) but I’m afraid I will like it so much and then I will have to get a second job!

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    Francine
    18 Jul 2018
    1:49pm

    Forgot to add that I also do a bit of Juvaderm filler in my temples. Sounds weird, I know. But you’d be surprised at the difference it makes. Sort of pulls everything up (not really, but that’s how it appears).

    By the age of 40, you have to choose between your face or your ass. I chose my face (and my ass has kept some of the the extra lbs too)!

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    alexa11221
    18 Jul 2018
    1:57pm

    No–I look young for my age (57) and am usually told I look around 40–people ask me if I’ve had anything done, but it’s mostly genetics, oily skin, and sunblock. I do have a lot of small blotchy sunspots, but others seem to interpret those as freckles. I would actually love to start doing something for the discolorations and for the fine horizontal lines on my forehead and slight “11s” between my brows, but I need my money for other things at the moment. And I am baffled about finding the best practitioner. So it’s a ways down the road. I also have a white streak but don’t color my hair–I am bad at maintenence so decided not to start. Though I think if my apparent age were closer to my chronological age I would reconsider. (aka joannawnyc)

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      Maureen
      19 Jul 2018
      2:24pm

      Some folks have used vitamin C to diminsh sun spots. You could do some research on that. I’m trying it myself using The ordinary’s Vitamin C product and seeing a slight reduction in darkness.

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        keirele
        19 Jul 2018
        6:00pm

        IPL is the only thing that has worked for my sunspots! Scottish skin plus childhood summers spent ‘down the shore’ with no sunscreen meant I had them in my 30s.

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    tily
    18 Jul 2018
    2:49pm

    I’m of Asian descent, 46 y/o and just got botox and Juvederm for the first time and I LOVE IT! I hadn’t noticed my lines much until my mom mentioned it. I filtered all of my selfies so I actually had myself convinced that I looked line-less and fold- less naturally!! Then I asked my other Asian gfs who are my age about botox and found out that all of them had it done already!

    That did it– marched right down to a medical spa nearby, after doing some research. I got botox in my forehead and 11s and the lines that were only barely there went away completely. I don’t know how many units i had, but it was $300 well spent. I told myself that I wasn’t going to be one of “those” women who constantly pick out “flaws” in their face to fix, but that went out the door completely after I did more research into what else was possible.

    My nasolabial lines were pronounced to me “all of the sudden” so 2 weeks after I got botox, I went back and got Juvederm, 1 syringe for $500. The NP said that I would have an 80% correction and that’s pretty much the results I got– it looks VERY natural. My husband, who is 13 yrs older than me, said I look better than when I met him. He actually went to the same med spa and got botox too!

    In a few weeks or a month, I’ll get Voluma in my cheek area to lift my face a little bit more. It also lasts longer than Juvederm– about 2 yrs as compared to Juvederm’s 4-6 mos– so I might not need to get Juvederm as much. The NP told me Voluma would cost $700. The last thing I’ll do– I promise– is I might get a bit of filler in my upper lip. My lips are naturally plump, but it has always bothered me a bit that my upper lip flattens out “too” much when I smile.

    Turning 46 was bit of a bummer, but I’m so happy that I finally “discovered” all of the maintenance tools out there so I can age “gracefully.” 😉

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    tily
    18 Jul 2018
    2:49pm

    I’m of Asian descent, 46 y/o and just got botox and Juvederm for the first time and I LOVE IT! I hadn’t noticed my lines much until my mom mentioned it. I filtered all of my selfies so I actually had myself convinced that I looked line-less and fold- less naturally!! Then I asked my other Asian gfs who are my age about botox and found out that all of them had it done already!

    That did it– marched right down to a medical spa nearby, after doing some research. I got botox in my forehead and 11s and the lines that were only barely there went away completely. I don’t know how many units i had, but it was $300 well spent. I told myself that I wasn’t going to be one of “those” women who constantly pick out “flaws” in their face to fix, but that went out the door completely after I did more research into what else was possible.

    My nasolabial lines were pronounced to me “all of the sudden” so 2 weeks after I got botox, I went back and got Juvederm, 1 syringe for $500. The NP said that I would have an 80% correction and that’s pretty much the results I got– it looks VERY natural. My husband, who is 13 yrs older than me, said I look better than when I met him. He actually went to the same med spa and got botox too!

    In a few weeks or a month, I’ll get Voluma in my cheek area to lift my face a little bit more. It also lasts longer than Juvederm– about 2 yrs as compared to Juvederm’s 4-6 mos– so I might not need to get Juvederm as much. The NP told me Voluma would cost $700. The last thing I’ll do– I promise– is I might get a bit of filler in my upper lip. My lips are naturally plump, but it has always bothered me a bit that my upper lip flattens out “too” much when I smile.

    Turning 46 was bit of a bummer, but I’m so happy that I finally “discovered” all of the maintenance tools out there so I can age “gracefully.” 😉

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    LMc
    18 Jul 2018
    3:49pm

    I had Restylane injections a few years ago, and wouldn’t do it again. Whatever very subtle effects they might have had were completely overshadowed by the HUGE black eye I sported for several weeks. “Oh, that’s very common,” said the (administering) nurse blithely when I squawked. But yet it wasn’t common enough for her to mention beforehand.

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    Kathleen
    18 Jul 2018
    11:00pm

    After looking at a picture of me and my friend who is one year older than me, I asked her why she had no wrinkles. She confessed she had been using Dysport or Botox since she was 32. I’m 49 and have been using Dysport, which is like Botox, but uses milk protein. If you’re allergic to milk, you can’t use it. It’s less expensive and works so well for me. I wish I started using it more than five years ago because the results are amazing. I’m very expressive and had a deep furrow between my brows, not to mention several lines in my forehead, some creases in the bridge of my nose (bunny lines) and was also developing deeper lines at the corners of my eyes. The forehead lines and furrow in my brow are gone. Wrinkles elsewhere are much better and haven’t gotten any worse since I began using Dysport. People always guess that I’m in my 30s. I’ll take it. Just make sure you go to someone who has loads of experience and has an artistic touch. I go to a renowned plastic surgeon’s office. He doesn’t do it. He’s actually worse at injections than his staff, but his facelifts are stupid amazing. Women look 20+ years younger. I’d consider this someday, too.

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    Kara Beer
    24 Jul 2018
    4:31pm

    I’ve been getting fillers in my tear-trough area for about a year now and it’s made a huge difference. I have hereditary eye bags and hereditary dark circles. As I’ve aged, I’ve lost volume there and I felt like I looked perpetually tired. For a while I went to an RN who refused to do tear troughs because she had a lot of horror stories of correcting filler in that area. She did Botox for my “111” (in my case) and filler in my laugh lines but honestly I didn’t think the results were worth the investment when it was really my eye bags that I couldn’t stand. I did a lot of research and found a doctor with that expertise and my experience has been wonderful. One tip is to find someone who uses a cannula when putting filler in that area. I have had no bruising whatsoever and the effects last at least six months. I have just “topped off” with one syringe (total between both eyes) since.

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    Imastounded
    26 Jul 2018
    5:19pm

    Have surgery, injections or whatever if that’s what you want.

    I don’t want confrontation from virtual strangers about my appearance. Mean-mom school circles spread rumors about plastic surgery and procedures that I haven’t had. Yes peeps, this is all me at my age. Don’t project.

    Boundaries would be nice.

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