Say the word Botox and most of us think of the frown lines between our eyebrows or crows feet. Others envision weird looking people with expressionless, frozen faces. Botox has been FDA approved for cosmetic use since 2002 and there are various treatment options. I will share a Botox map, typical uses, some off label uses and my experience going to see Shea Kaplan, the Beverly Hills Sculptress.
It is important that I am always transparent with you on this blog. When Shea Kaplan and I talked about doing a joint project for The Evolista and Shea Aesthetics, I was excited because I knew she had a great reputation with a loyal following. I really wanted to see for myself. She graciously donated her time and materials to this undertaking and I’m here to tell you about it. No strings attached.
My Appointment with Shea
At the beginning of my appointment we talked about my goals. She really listened and we discussed options. For this appointment, I did more than I have ever done in the past. Why? Because Shea was willing to indulge me and I just wanted to see if I could get results. Here’s what we did:
- Frown lines between eyebrows. So glad I do this. It’s such a small thing to avoid deep wrinkles there.
- A little for the horizontal lines on my forehead. Mine aren’t terrible and I really don’t want to have anything increase drooping of my eyebrows.
- Botox eyebrow lift or Botox brow lift (very important to me). The result is a subtle change but it is night and day to me.
- Masseter Botox for Teeth Grinding – no aesthetic difference but amazing relief for me. I clench my teeth when I sleep and an injection in this muscle diminishes the constant ache in my jaw.
- My chin – I apparently have an overactive chin muscle that was definitely subdued by the Botox. I’m going to keep doing this.
- The bands below my neck – it made a small difference but not enough that I want to continue getting it here. The result is truly impressive for some people though.
How to Choose a Practitioner
If you live in Los Angeles and are looking for someone trustworthy, I highly recommend Shea Kaplan. If you live elsewhere, here are some things you need to take into consideration before you choose a practioner:
- I prefer someone with tons of experience. The good ones have a delicate touch. Get recommendations from people you trust. Shea was the most delicate injector I have ever had. I would stay away from advertised deals at a salon you don’t know.
- Diluting the Botox – the person you go to has to properly dilute the botox. Some unethical people don’t do it by the standard ratios and give you weaker botox because they can make more money. It can also be older botox if they are not busy enough which will give you results that don’t last very long. Be cautious about cheap Botox from someone you don’t know. Shea does this by herself and she is the only one who has hands on her Botox.
I love this. It shows the standard areas treated and where the injections go. Shea Aesthetics has an amazing before and after photo gallery for reference. The gummy smile change is crazy amazing.
Off Label Uses of Botox
These go beyond removing wrinkles. Some are FDA approved and others are not.
- Botox for TMJ
- Botox for Migraines
- Excessive sweating
For me, Botox is the most conservative approach to deal with wrinkles and more serious issues like TMJ. My goal here is to give you the 411 on the various uses so you can look into further if you are interested. I plan to continue my limited use and stick to my motto that less is more.
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