Dr. Reath recently sat down to talk with one of our patients after his very first Botox treatment at our Knoxville, TN, practice. He was kind enough to share his experience. He took some great before and after pictures documenting his results 24 hours and 72 hours after his treatment. To see them, scroll down to the end of the interview with Dr. Reath.
So, Brad. You have been in our office for some Botox and that is the first thing you have ever done?
First thing I have ever done.
Well, why in the world would you do something like that, right?
Well, I am not as young as I used to be. Forty I think for everybody is kind of a milestone in life.
Forty. You know it’s like “Wow, okay, 40.”
And then there is 50 and 60, but we don’t need to go there.
Yeah. You look at pictures of yourself and see how you used to look, and you see you’re kind of shifting and changing. There is a line where there wasn’t a line and things just look different. I think I am luckier than most guys in that my best friend is an aesthetician, and she has always told me it is never too late to start taking care of your skin but the sooner you start the better. Do things before you see things basically.
Yes, that is great advice. I think when you start earlier relatively speaking, it makes a difference.
Your face is your business card.
It’s the first thing people see no matter what. So when I was thinking about altering or doing something, I liked the idea that it was temporary.
Yes, so if it is not for you, you’re not stuck with it. There is a lot of fear of the unknown when you have not had Botox before. It doesn’t matter how many times our nurse injector has injected people, it is going to be their first time.
She is really good about analyzing your face and walked me through it. She asked me what my concerns were and what I was wanting done, and then she said “Well, this is how I would approach that.” She was super calming and dissuaded a lot of my fears.
So it sounds like the experience was relatively easy for you.
I didn’t know what to expect, but it really only took about 5 minutes. You know, there was no pain. I am not really scared of needles anyway, but I was like, “That’s it? It’s over?” I think I had one ice cube. That was it. She said, “Sit, you might want this ice cube right here, other than that, you are good.”
So how do you like it?
I love it. It was funny because I took a week off of work to do other things, and I just sort of incorporated my Botox appointment into my week of vacation. When I came in after vacation, everybody was just like “Wow, you look really good. Did you have a good vacation?” They all said “You look really well-rested.”
This is ideal because I think so often people are concerned that they are going to come out not looking like themselves, and that is not the goal.
Exactly. She went over that with me. She said, “We could make your face not move, but most people don’t want that.” She assured me that I was still going to have expressions and the show of emotion on my face.
It doesn’t make you into a blank palate, you know.
Is it something you think you would do again?
You know, you make a commitment and you want to keep this up. (Editor’s note: For those of you wondering about starting and stopping Botox and dermal filler injections, we answer all of your questions in a related blog post.)
Yeah, now we gotcha.
Good one. Like I said it was noninvasive and it was easy. Everybody I have met at your office is really super nice. I decided to go through with it probably nine months after I went for a consultation. It took some time before I was okay, and like I said, if I am going to commit to this, I need to think it through and budget it and yada, yada, yada.
One thing that is key is that it has to be the right timing. Because it doesn’t matter how good it is, if the timing is not right, then it’s not going to be the right thing.
Right. Like I said, I had been thinking about it for the last three years, and when I turned 40, and I thought okay here we are.
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