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Botox/fillers - À la recherche de ma jeunesse perdue, innit

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QueenofCuntybollocks Wed 19-Jul-17 08:54:56

I'm scraping together a stack of pennies towards my first foray into facial aesthetics. I used to have uncontrollable hair and smooth, hassle-free skin. Now I've got the hair under control but, frankly, I could tie the bastard skin in bunches. I look like a bloodhound crossed with an old shoe. Advice, please: I'm a poverty-stricken writer in a squalid garret. What procedures will cost least and make the most difference?

Arealhumanbeing Wed 19-Jul-17 12:59:44

None of it is cheap. I would like a bit of guidance too.

Interested to see what others suggest.

FlindersKeepers Wed 19-Jul-17 13:44:06

Botox can help delay the landslip as it works on the supporting muscles, but it can only do so much. At a certain point, too much volume under the skin is lost and botox can't fill the gap - that's where fillers come in (or of course surgery).
So the whole cost/benefit thing really depends on how your skin is now.

Sure people can give you an idea from what they have experienced, but getting a consultation from a Dr, preferably one who has been personally recommended to you and whose work you can see, will give you the best guide.
OK, so there's the base advice. Also: sleep, sunscreen, excluding any medical issues, dental work, avoiding stress, blah blah.

Any injectable will depend on your own metabolism and generally appointments can be further apart over the years of use. To start with, botox or similar is done about 3 times a year, more or less, so multiply any quote by the repeats. Fillers can last anything from 6 to 18 months, depending on placement and product.
Neither should be done on the cheap, they are still procedures so a small amount done well by someone who knows what they are doing will always be better than shit tons by someone with little clue or qualifications. And neither might be right for you (with loose

For cheaper results, consider microneedling? It's not terribly pleasurable apparently, think the rollers are cheap from amazon though.

FlindersKeepers Wed 19-Jul-17 13:51:52

Sorry, clicked post too quickly:
"And neither might be right for you (with loose skin, there may be limited options)."

BTW also try a hydrating serum like the Superdrug one to make sure that the looseness isn't due to dehydrated skin.
And microneedling info.
Botox and fillers have their place, make an informed decision before you invest.

QueenofCuntybollocks Wed 19-Jul-17 14:16:33

Thanks: that's helpful! I'm exaggerating the state of my skin. It's still pretty good, but time is beginning to leave a trail of lines - glabellar, mouth brackets - and I'm determined to go down fighting.
I'm going to talk to some local professionals . I'm slightly wary because of the discrepancy in prices. One (a dentist) seems to charge less (around £250 for two areas) than the other - a (possibly self-styled) doctor in a beauty place, where it costs £350 for two areas. I really do want to get the biggest bang for my buck, as I suspect I'll want botox for my forehead, and fillers for around the mouth.

QueenofCuntybollocks Wed 19-Jul-17 14:20:22

...Hmmm. Missed the bit about microneedling. If I'm going to be effectively walloped in the face with a hedgehog, I'd need proof that the results were going to be amazing.

QueenofCuntybollocks Wed 19-Jul-17 14:21:29

"...it turbocharges your body's natural ability to produce collagen and elastin..." Ah.

PollyPerky Wed 19-Jul-17 14:23:50

Where do you live?
One of the best- voted by Tatler is Dr Tracy Mountford. Cosmetic Skin Clinic- 'queen of fillers'. London and Bucks.

Any good dr won't allow YOU to decide what you need in terms of products- they will advise on what they'd do.

She isn't cheap- £700 ish for fillers depending on how much is needed. But she's an artist and previously an anaesthetist so she knows her stuff. The business motto is 'underdone' not overblown.

InigoTaran Wed 19-Jul-17 14:33:31

Ooh I hope you find a good place and describe your experiences in great detail as your writing is hilarious! I've never had it done as too much of a wuss, but find it fascinating.smile

UndomesticBlonde Wed 19-Jul-17 14:41:28

I've not got round to having this done but I would rather choose a dentist - who would be used to using very small amounts of potentially lethal anaesthetic on a daily basis than a beautician!

runningyogabooze Thu 20-Jul-17 17:40:41

Go and see a good dermatologist and see what they recommend.

A good one won't recommend stuff you don't need.

Botox for me is £400 twice a year. Not extortionate.

QueenofCuntybollocks Sun 24-Sep-17 13:25:17

Update: I've made an appointment for a consultation on Wednesday. I chose the clinic where procedures are done by a doctor - ex army, ex GP. If it all goes wrong and I end up with my tits over my ears or an extra nose, or something, I'll move to number 2 on the list.

PollyPerky Sun 24-Sep-17 14:48:03

I'd not go to an ex GP, Id' choose a dermo or someone more highly qualified.

QueenofCuntybollocks Sun 24-Sep-17 17:10:05

Hmmm... I thought at least a doc should have some idea of maxillofacial muscle structures, especially as she's been able to leave the NHS and set up her own clinic. But we'll see...

QueenofCuntybollocks Mon 02-Oct-17 13:28:53

I had the consultation, and Botox in my frown lines and forehead - I'm going back for a top-up (if necessary) and some fillers round my mouth on the 13th. Five days after the first injections, and I am really seeing a difference. It's fabulous - I can't drag myself away from the mirror, which is doing bollocks-all for my work productivity.
For the first two days there was no difference. Since then, there's been a new and wonderful change in the mirrow r every morning. It's like being given a pony that goes on to develop a unicorn horn, then wings, then farts golden bees.
Can't wait to get the fillers, too. I'm hooked.

QueenofCuntybollocks Mon 02-Oct-17 13:29:39

'mirror', not 'mirrow r'. I'm over-excited.

HappyGirlNow Mon 02-Oct-17 13:38:49

Your posts have really made me laugh cunty grin

Yes, Botox and fillers make the world of difference, like scaffolding for the face.

I've had dermaroller in the past and thought it was great but that's old hat now, ive just had Derma Pen and it's even better (more effective and less painful and traumatic to the skin). Really tightens and brightens the skin and improves texture. I'm paying £500 for a course of 3. You do get rollers etc for home use but you need a certain length of needle for effective anti-aging, can't remember if it's 1mm or 1.5mm (shorter needles will just brighten the skin a bit) and I'd really not recommend trying it with that length of needle at home - painful and probably damaging to the skin in the hands of an amateur!

SelmaAndJubjub Mon 02-Oct-17 13:51:00

I'd not go to an ex GP, Id' choose a dermo or someone more highly qualified.

Such as who? Dermatologists aren't trained in aesthetic procedures, they are not part of any doctor's normal training.

The important thing is not what speciality the doctor is, but whether she does a lot of procedures, audits her results and has happy clients. A good GP may be much better than a mediocre dermatologist.

OP ask a lot of questions about how long the doctor has been doing the work, how many procedures she does per year and how she knows her results are of a high standard. Anyone reputable will be happy to tell you.

QueenofCuntybollocks Thu 30-Nov-17 18:03:39

It's nine weeks after the first treatment, and I i look ludicrously gorgeous. I'm in danger of being ID-ed at the supermarket as I bulk-buy my Merlot. I had fillers along my cheekbones today, supposedly to hoik my whole mouth up and vanquish those naso-labial wossnames. It hurt a bit but, as my grandmother always told me, 'Pride never felt pain.'
My husband admits he can see the difference. 'But only because you seem so much happier and more confident,' he says: 'You were always beautiful.' Bless. Pants on fire, frankly.

VivienneEastwood Thu 30-Nov-17 18:11:36

Sounds brill! Which area are you in OP?

QueenofCuntybollocks Fri 01-Dec-17 16:34:44

North Devon - out in the sticks.

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