‘My experience of Botox’
KATE HOLMQUIST has gone under the needle
I’ve had Botox injections – more than once. And I’d have them again, although it’s been a few years since I’ve pampered myself with a treatment, and ageing gracefully is cheaper.
The irony of Botox – Allergan’s tradename for Botulinum Toxin A – is that it’s the most lethal poison known to man, but when injected into muscle its effect is completely benign. I wanted a natural look – not the frozen face of a Nicole Kidman or a Desperate Housewife – and that’s exactly what I got.
The doctor had an artistic eye and effectively re-shaped my eyebrows subtly to make my eyes look more open.
People told me that I looked “very calm”, even under pressure, but I still had movement and expression around my eyes.
It was a bit of a power trip, actually, being better able to hide concern or anger with a veneer of prepossession.
Yes, the injections hurt – but only for a few seconds. There was the tiniest amount of blood – just a few specks where the needle went in. And within three minutes, there was no evidence at all that I’d been injected.
A few hours later, I went out for dinner with friends who didn’t notice anything different about my face. It took five days for the Botox to take effect and when it did, people said I looked well, but no one ever copped on as to the reason why . . . until now.