I am confident every single one of you reading this knows what Botox is. You either get it, want it, are afraid of it, or need it. I wanted it and needed it. I knew just who to see. The charming and well sense of humored Dr. Frank Madda. Dr Madda, a board certified plastic surgeon, is considered one of the best plastic surgeons in the Chicagoland area. He has been chosen as one of the best plastic surgeons by Chicago Magazine 14 years in a row! His credentials are mind blowing. Impressive is an absolute understatemnt. Let’s just say this, he teaches doctors. Yeah, I know. Super crazy talented and brilliant. Look at my docs endless list of degrees and certifications here. He’s notorious for making beautiful boobies. That’s his thing. He is also super popular and known for his “Mommy Makeovers”. You will definitely hear more about this in the future.
Getting frozen in time was pretty cool, actually. Dr. Madda began the appointment by educating me on what Botox is exactly. From there, he explained the procedure, what to expect, how long it will last etc. My favorite part of the whole experience? I call getting Botox “Getting frozen in time”. Like, “Hey doc, do you think I need to get frozen in time?” and “Awe, man. I have been wanting to get frozen in time forever!” Right after his last injection he ever so perfectly whispered “frozen in time” in my ear. Best doctor moment ever. Cool Ass Doctor Award! My least favorite part? Having to wait 5 frigging days to actually get frozen in time! It was torture! And then… it was heavenly.
Here are my before and after pictures.
Does it hurt?
On a scale of 1-10 getting botox injections is a 1. It is not painful. The “pain” is equivalent to a mosquito bite. If anything it is kind of a strange. I heard like a little pop inside my head when the needle penetrated the muscle. That’s the worst of it. If someone tells you it hurts tell them, I said they are a big, huge wimp. Listen. When it comes to beauty sometimes stuff doesn’t feel so good, ya know? But no pain no gain, sisters. A Brazilian bikini wax hurts WAY more than getting botox. Way more. I know there are people who are afraid of needles. The syringe used to inject botox is miniscule. It’s like being afraid of bugs and screaming bloody murder and peeing your pants because you see an ant. Honestly, the results and the emotional boosts from botox are so good I would continue to get it religiously even if it were excruciatingly painful. It’s that good. Oh, and the entire process takes 10 minutes. Therefore, if you have a low pain tolerance/afraid of needles, suck it up and get frigging botox. I’ll even go with you and hold your scaredy cat hand throughout the procedure. No one should miss out on looking and feeling beautiful and rejuvenated for something like fear of a needle or a little pain. I didn’t even flinch.
How long does it last?
Botox lasts about 3-4 months. It is temporary. Therefore, you will get the procedure done about 3 times a year. And believe me. You will get it done again because botox is where it’s at. It is like being injected with “a few extra hours of sleep, a spa day, Prozac, a sex life, and self love”. You literally look like you experience all of those things everyday. Botox has changed my life. And I am not saying this to sell it. I don’t need to sell it. Botox sells itself. Anyone who gets it knows what I am talking about. You just feel better. You feel good. Alive. Beautiful. Younger. Going to see Dr. Madda every few months is going to be a delight!
How long did it take to notice a difference?
I woke up and felt tingling in my forehead the next day. I noticed slight changes within a few days. But then six days past and there she was… my forehead. Paralyzed. And frigging beautiful as ever. I was and still am frozen in time and couldn’t be happier. Does it feel weird? Nope. I still have some mobility. I can raise my brows enough to show emotion. That is all I need and all other people need to see to know that I am in fact still alive and well.
Where did I receive injections?
Dr. Madda injected me across my forehead (I received the most injections here, look at my before and afters. I needed it), in between my eyebrows, my crows feet, and on the sides of my nose near my eyes. I received nearly 50 units of Botox. I got a lot of expression, what can I say? Not no mo, honey! Now I have expression only when I need it.
Who should get Botox?
In my opinion anyone who wants it. Also botox is not only administered for cosmetic reasons. People get this stuff injected in their pits to stop from sweating as well as injections to prevent migraine headaches. Who knew?!? Brides-to-be should consider this. There is nothing cute about having bologna pits in your wedding gown.
Did getting Botox make me look different?
Botox did not, at all, alter my appearance. It didn’t make me look worked on or recognizably different. Peoples comments afterwards were “You look great, Nicole” and “you look so good/happy!”. I got a lot of people saying I looked well rested, too. And guess what. I feel that way! I love looking in the mirror and noticing other things about myself I love other than focusing on the wrinkles and creases I HATED so much and obsessed over. I felt like I looked older than I was and I felt like the stress of these past couple of years was written all over my face in the form of fine lines and wrinkles.
What am I most happy with after getting Botox?
I don’t have to Photoshop ever picture now because my forehead looks beautiful! I swear on my life I did not retouch any of these pictures. Also, my eyebrows were uneven. Look up top at picture no. 1. It didn’t necessarily bother me but now they are symmetrical and I LOVE it! Let’s talk crows feet. They weren’t terrible. I had them, though. The results are insane! The difference Botox made is huge. Take a look (I am squinting):
I just couldn’t be happier overall with my results. It is such a simple procedure. An enhancement. And I encourage everyone with a GD line, wrinkle, or crease to get those nerves blocked!
Will I get Botox again?
Dumb question, Nicole. YES! YES! YES! I will never be without botox again. I will be 80 years old getting shot up with botox in a nursing home. Homegirl is going to look good, girl.
Who should administer your botox?
Duh?! Dr. Madda! Check him out. He is educated up the wazoo. I mean, how did he have time for all of it? I can’t even get to the Apple store for a free class! Dr. Madda is professional, kind, honest (which, to me, is major because if you don’t need something he will tell you but if you do he will tell you that, too), he is a renown surgeon, he is a family man, he’s sort of funny, he laughs at my jokes, and he is now a part of our TSP family.
Here is some super interesting stuff I learned from my wrinkle whisperer.
-If you don’t have fine lines and wrinkles you don’t need to get botox
-Don’t wait until you have deep furrows; Botox can’t fix those creases. Check out the crease in between my brows. Pretty deep. Botox has definitely softened it but certainly did not erase it.
-Don’t get botox injected around the mouth
-Getting Botox in the armpits to prevent sweating began at the Oscars. Designers didn’t want their $25,000 borrowed gown to get pitted out. Solution? Shoot them up in the underarm with botox!
-Botox comes from one place and one place only in the whole entire world. West Port, Ireland
-1 in every 6 doctors who calls him/herself a plastic surgeon is actually a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. Dr. Madda insists to ask for credentials.
-Don’t ever feel bad or uncomfortable to ask a doctor for their credentials. A doctor, such as Dr. Madda, with stellar credentials will proudly share them with you.
-Botox has been around since the early 90’s
-If you get botox every few months it will eventually last longer in between injections
-Don’t be someones guinea pig. Make sure the person administering the stuff knows what they are doing. Drooping lids and Captain Spock brows aren’t the look you are going for.
I asked Dr Madda what he considers “beautiful”. His answer? Proportionality.
I am going to put his knocker skills to the test! Stay tuned in Tokyo for it!
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