The Botox Follow Up Edition

I’ve been on a bit of a beauty journey over the last couple of months.

A journey to improve the appearance of my ageing skin – just for ME.

Here is a link to my first post  B is for Botox where I told you beautiful lot of my intentions to get my wrinkles sorted, once and for all.

I was so fed up of buying creams that promised to turn back the ticking clock of time. When in reality, at best they just offered me lasting hydration…which is something my sandpaper dry skin desperately craves, but unfortunately my poor deepening wrinkles  laughter lines were always left wanting.

One thing is for sure though, I am a realist. I know that as a 50-year-old woman, I need a little more intervention than even the finest cream can offer.

Botox was definitely the next step for me.

The first time I tried Botox it worked a treat but I didn’t go back for more.

Looking back, I truly believe, I expected a miracle. I thought having Botox once would fix my face for good. WRONG.

In reality, Botox is no different to booking your regular hair appointments – you need to keep making those regular appointments to maintain the desired effect.

For my second round of Botox I decided to book my appointment with Dr Alison Jamieson at Cozmedics  Cotton Tree.

Alison was recommended by a friend – a friend whose skin looks very natural for her age.

Then something spooky happened… another friend approached me to ask if I was interested in having some fillers done. She had read my first blog post B is for Botox  where I mentioned that I was also interested in sorting out the deep lines that run from the side of the nose (nasolabial folds) to the chin with dermal fillers.

Her friend was a qualified nurse transferring into the cosmetic field. She was looking for patients to practice the art of  injecting dermal fillers.

Now, before you think I’m crazy, you need to know I checked her and the clinic she works at, thoroughly before I decided to go ahead.

Of course, I was intrigued (and super excited) to meet her and discuss my options further. I know it was a risk, but I  always trust my intuition.

She was so lovely, the clinic was professional (and very busy) which filled me with confidence.

I was informed at my first consultation that she would have a trainer with her at all times, guiding and advising her.

Also because she had been a nurse for many years this meant she was competent in administering injections.

We decided that I was the perfect candidate for Juvederm in my Nasolabial Folds

An appointment was booked for two days later.  Gosh I was so excited.

Anyway, just to prepare you, there is a scary pic on its way…

This is me on the morning of my dermal filler appointment without make-up and not a filter in sight:

The Botox Follow-Up Edition

Filler Appointment

I can honestly say I wasn’t frightened or anxious at all.

At my appointment, I met the trainer who explained the procedure and we both agreed on a  desired outcome.

He recommended that to achieve the best natural result, I would be better having filler injected into my cheeks and my chin, rather than in to the folds. This would add more depth and structure to my cheeks and give more definition to my chin which in-turn lifts the folds giving a more natural result. Which doesn’t look so fake.

By the end of the session I had 3ml of Juvederm filler injected. The clinic ( Vie Institute at Cotton Tree) charges $800 per 1ml of filler.

Pain and aftercare.

An anaesthetic is injected at the same time as the filler. You can feel a sharp scratch when the needle goes in but it wasn’t too bad.

On a pain scale of 1-10 (10 being the worse) the injections into my cheeks raised between a 1/2 on the pain scale. I’m not needle-phobic at all and I have a very high pain threshold.

The injections in my chin on the other-hand were about an 8 – it was very uncomfortable, but quickly over.

On the evening my face was sore, so I decided to take a couple of Panadol before bed. I was also told to massage the filler several times over the next week or so.

I was left with a couple of bruises and a few needle marks but they quickly disappeared within a few days.

**As the nurse that administered my filler was in training I was not charged for this procedure**

I explained to both the nurse and the trainer that I intended to blog about my experience – the only thing that was asked of me in return was that I wait one month for the full results to show.

Finally, with filler you can expect the results to last anywhere between 10 – 14 months depending on the individual.

For me personally, I would do it again. I love the subtlety of the results BUT it is expensive.

Botox Appointment

My Botox appointment with Alison at Cozmedics was booked for 3 days later.

Before I even started this journey I was already aware that the biggest ageing issue on my face that can’t be fixed without surgery is my heavy eyelids. Trust me as soon as I can afford this – I will have no hesitation in getting it done.

In the meantime, Botox injections under and above my brow-line will offer a slight lifting effect.

Initially I only intended to have my crows feet injected but Alison explained that she felt I would get a better overall result if I  had my frown line addressed at the same time. This would obviously cost more but she felt the result would be better.

The total cost of my Botox visit was $600.00  – for this I was injected in my frown lines, above and below my eyebrows (to help with my baggy eyelids) and in my crows-feet.

Botox injections are not pain-free, but if administered by a seasoned professional, you really don’t feel a thing.

As you can see from the picture below I still have wrinkles directly under my eyes. This area is not suitable for Botox. These lines need a fine filler which I will go back for in a couple of weeks.

Alison if you are reading this, expect to see me in the clinic as a regular visitor.

The Botox Follow-Up Edition

I am wearing make-up in the above images.

Before my Fillers & Botox, foundation had a tendency to sit in my wrinkles, which emphasised them ten-fold.  I have full make-up on in all three pics ( the bottom two have no filters).

In Summary

I am delighted with the outcome.

Alison from Cozmedics did say that for my age, my skin is in pretty darn good condition. So I’m more than happy with that.

Yes, I now need a helping hand every three to six months  – but that’s ok with me!

My priorities will be completely different to yours  – that’s fine too.

Because we’re all different.

Tell me your thoughts lovelies?

Would you give your skin a helping hand? Do you know anyone that has had fillers or Botox? Or do you prefer to let nature take its course?




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  • I have a couple of deep lines, one between my brows, and one across my forehead. The probably need fillers rather than Botox … it’s not in my budget at the moment however. I wouldn’t mind trying it just for the heck of it one day though …

    • I have been watching my lines appear on for a while now Janet. So rather than have birthday/christmas presents I decided to combine them and make myself happy! xx

  • Bravo, gorgeous! Good on you for doing what you knew would make you happy – and clearly, it is! More power to you. x

  • Oh Bev you do whatever makes you smile the way you do. You look awesome for your age. Mwah xx

  • Petra

    Well, I actually think you look great in the au natural “before” photo! However, you look great in the “after” photos too – but then you’re photogenic! Good on you, and congrats for blogging/sharing about it all 🙂

    • I was giggling at the au natural pic before I put it on the blog. It looks hilarious!
      Thank-you so much for the very kind comments though, they are much appreciated by this 51 yr old! Mwah xx

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    Thanks Bev I think you look gorgeous and so glad you are happy with the results and that is the MOST important part,I’m not saying I won’t ever get Botox or fillers but for the moment I don’t want to,not that I’m not vain I so am .I have just had so many “other” procedures that I put these on the back burner Xx

    • Thank you my friend. I’m so happy with the outcome. I was totally realistic regarding the outcome this time. I know it won’t last forever but for the time being, its made me more comfortable in my own skin (pun intended) 😉
      You on the otherhand, have so much on your plate at the moment that I totally understand why Botox is the last thing on your mind. Mwah xx

  • Thank you so much for sharing your experience. Not sure I would be brave enough. You are looking fabulous, but I think you look great always. Looking after ourselves and making ourselves feel better is so important. V x

    • Aww thanks gorgeous girl. I totally agree with you…whatever makes us feel good is worth doing! Mwah xx

  • katypotaty

    Do you know my fave part of this story? How happy you are!

    You look amazing for your age (which is fabulous, because you certainly don’t act your age)! Mwaah xox

    • Hee hee – thank you darling girl! I’m so happy with the result 😉
      Guess what? I promise to always be totally immature when I’m around you! Mwah right back at ya x

  • Kathryn

    You are braver than me, I have thought about botox a few times but still not sure. I had laser surgery on my eyes a few years ago, I thought that was brave enough lol! Your skin is beautiful Bev!

    • Kathryn you’ve made me giggle with your laser surgery…so funny!
      It did take me a while to pluck up the courage to have Botox but I’m so delighted that I did now. This is the first time in ages that I’ve felt this happy with my skin.
      Thanks so much for the lovely compliment xx