Savin' Face: Injectables

Jayme Jackson


Wrinkled was not one of the things that I wanted to be when I grew up. Now don’t get me wrong, I will keep my smile lines that I earned from years of laughter with my family and friends, but I literally draw the line there.

Botox is the first weapon in my arsenal. I started Botox treatments when I was 27 years old. Back then, people thought that I had lost my mind. My theory was pretty simple: if I can’t make the expression then I can’t get the line. So, every 4-6 months for the last 13 years, I have gone for my Botox injections.  They have managed to keep the lines from forming on my forehead, in between my eyebrows (the dreaded 11!) and beside my eyes (the feared crow’s feet).

Just about everyone has heard about Botox by now. But just in case you have been living under a rock, Botox, short for Botulinum toxin, is used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles by paralyzing the underlying muscles. I will leave it to the medical professionals to answer any technical uestions. I’ll just cover the 3 questions that I am asked almost every day.

How often do you have to get it? 

That’s up to you. I prefer to get mine every 4 months before I can see that it’s time to get my next injections. Can’t let my face unfreeze! Some people can go up to 6 months in between appointments. 

How much does it cost?

Also, somewhat up to you. Your medical professional will discuss with you what your game plan will be. Botox is sold by unit. Younger patients wanting to start out using Botox for prevention can start with about 30 unites per treatment. I prefer the completely frozen, motionless look and that requires approximately 75 units. The cost per unit varies between $10 to $13, so you can eastimate your treatment budget once you determine the number of unites needed to get the desired result. 

Does it hurt?

No darlin', Spanx hurts. This is a series of injections using the tiniest needles. I can have this done at lunch and be back at my desk in under an hour and no one is the wiser. 

Dr. Erika Music, board certified physician who practices general, surgical and cosmetic dermatology at Skin Secrets shared her words of wisdom on the subject: “The most important thing to remember about Botox is to start early! It’s much easier to prevent wrinkles than to treat existing wrinkles. Also, maintenance is key. You have to be consistent if you want the best results possible. ” So, you may not be able to buy happiness, but you can buy Botox and it’s kinda the same thing.