When I was 28 Master 6 celebrated his first birthday, it was a happy day and one we celebrated well – taking hundreds of photos.
After his party I scrolled through the photos proudly looking at my big boy. I marveled at how clever Mr Tink and I had been, getting him to the ripe old age of 1. We had made it through all the sleepless nights and we were now in the fun toddler stage (little did I know about the terrible two’s).
I was high fiving myself until suddenly something not so cute popped up…. A close up of me. Now let me explain, I’m not frightened of a camera (those that have seen my countless selfies will vouch for that!) but this close up was not good. I was smiling and happy but my face was someone I didn’t recognize. I thought perhaps it was a bad shot and kept scrolling and saw that they were also the same! I looked old, worn out and tired – given that I had a one year old and was running a busy business, I probably was but the stress and lack of sleep was written all over my face like lines of punishment.
I went racing into Mr Tink yelling at him, “how long have I looked like this?” Mr Tink knew there was no right answer to this question and said, “You look happy babe”. Upset and depressed I went to bed. The next day I woke up determined to fix the problem and have my face display how happy I felt on the inside. So, I bounded off to the department store and went to one of the skincare counters and begged for the best of the best. I left $500 lighter and feeling as though the stress and frown lines were starting to disappear. After 4 months of using the uber expensive potions my skin looked no different and I started to feel extremely conscious. It was all I could focus on and my makeup started to melt into my frown line dragging my self-esteem down further. I felt resentful about all the stress that my business was giving me and upset at the lack of sleep I had been getting.
Things hit rock bottom one day when we were at a BBQ with new friends. I explained to one of the friends that there was 10 years difference between Mr Tink and I. She then asked, “Who’s the older one?” I felt like I may cry meanwhile ‘Mr Young and Funky’ danced home feeling 29 again.
The next day, like a sign from above, I received an email from a company with a discount voucher for Botox. I opened and closed the email 100’s of times and then finally plucked up the courage to call and ask about making a booking. Now let me clarify I am needle phobic. Completely totally needle phobic to the point I cry at blood tests and have to bring my husband with me. So here I was, Mrs Needle Phobic booking in a consult to have needles willingly put in her head….. I’d reached a point of crazy.
That night I spilled my guts to Mr Tink who was not thrilled that I’d booked an appointment without talking to him first. After an hour of ranting he calmed down and said, “You don’t need it, you’re being ridiculous but if you want to do it, go for it.” I took that and ran with it.
I was in at 9 am the next day and when I arrived I was horrified by the nurse who was going to give me the consult. She looked like she was permanently surprised and had had multiple procedures… I suddenly understood the discount. Too frightened to back out I saddled up, had my injections and left. The whole way home I swore that was me done and I would not be back. The next morning I woke up, nothing looked different. Day two nothing, day 3 nothing and finally 9 days later I could feel my skin tightening, I started to see it working! 2 weeks in and I was so impressed it had actually worked! I felt confident, my makeup sat well I felt less tired and my skin looked great. No one could quite put their finger on what was different about me. I had friends ask if I had changed my skin care. They said I was glowing and wanted to know what I was doing! I giggled to myself not revealing my secret.
3 months later to the day my skin started changing back and I could feel the tightness lessening, and I realized it was wearing off. I couldn’t face going back to ‘Frankenfine’! The thought of going back to visit my constantly surprised nurse made me feel sick, so I jumped online and found a business called Clinic One. It wasn’t a plastic surgery clinic, it was a professional medical dermatology clinic that had a long list of doctors and specialists onboard. I immediately called them and booked in to see the nurse Nicollete. On arrival I felt instantly at ease, the clinic was gorgeous and it smelt sterile plus the staff were lovely. I sat and waited for Nicollette and smiled to myself as I knew I was in safe hands. Nicollette was extremely helpful, taking before and after photos for me. She also took the time to explain the procedure and how Botox worked, what I could and couldn’t do (basically all things that had not been explained to me the first time round). She got me comfortable and gave me ice to numb the area and within in what felt like minutes, I was done. I couldn’t believe how different the experience was, I felt reassured knowing the process and understanding how it actually worked. Most importantly I left feeling safe and confident in my decision to get Botox.
Now, that was many years ago and 5 years on I see Nicollete and her gorgeous assistant Jess every 3 to 4 months, I no longer spend hundreds of dollars on anti-wrinkle treatments that don’t work and I’ve never felt better. Being a mummy and business woman is a tough gig and it brings along lots of stress trying to get through the daily juggle but now I don’t feel like my face shows the signs.
Most people would never know I’ve had it done, I don’t go overboard and I have just enough to make a difference without looking like Nicole Kidman.
Going to Clinic One was one of the best decisions I have ever made. They are professional, discreet (although after this blog you all know my secret) and they make the whole process easy. They send you on your way looking like you’ve just had a long relaxing holiday. The pain of the needles is reasonably low and only stings for a small second and the results are something I could now not live without. It’s as much a part of my maintenance routine as getting my hair done.
For anyone thinking of getting it done I would strongly suggest that you do your research and think about the results you want. Make sure you only go to a reputable clinic, don’t shop around based on price because ultimately you could pay the price long term.
So my name is Mrs Tink and I am proud to say I have Botox and no, I don’t look like an extra from off the Real Housewives Of Orange County. It’s not something I’m embarrassed to admit it, it’s my little treat which allows me to get up to Miss One twice a night without my face showing it!
Have you been thinking about trying Botox? Ready to feel fresh for 2016? The beautiful team at Clinic One are giving one lucky reader the chance to WIN their ‘freshen up’ with the wonder duo Jess and Nicollette . For a chance to win simply share with me why you would like to win?
The judges will choose their favourite answer and announce a winner on the 10th of December at 9pm
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Botox contain a naturally derived muscle relaxant made by a leading cosmetic pharmaceutical company (Botox is made by Allergan based in the USA).
Injectable treatments work by relaxing the activity of treated facial muscles for an average of three months after which its effects will fully wear off. Botox’s full effect will take about 4 days to become obvious. It softens the facial lines caused by frowning but will not soften the facial lines present when the face is relaxed.
To get the best possible results from Botox
· You do not lie down flat within 4 hours of your treatment
· You deliberately frown firmly with your eyes open a few times an hour within the first two days of treatment.
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