So it’s now been a couple of weeks since I’ve had my Botox treatment at One Stop Doctors, and as promised, I’m coming back to you to let you know how I got on. I’ve also been back to have a microneedling treatment, which, as you’ll read below is quite strange, but wow, the results are really amazing. So let’s crack on, then. Here’s a Botox update and microneedling report – with pictures!
A Botox update
While I was in Barbados, I felt like I could see things happening before my very eyes, and I’m so pleased with how it’s going. The biggest difference, actually, has been from the treatment on my forehead between my eyebrows. Apart from not being able to furrow my brow anymore (how empowering!), I’ve still got lots of movement in my forehead, but I really feel like it’s lifted my whole face (maybe you can even see it from the photo – top?) and, combined with the fact that most of the smile lines at the outer corners of my eyes have disappeared, I just feel fresher and smoother. Of course, my eyes still crinkle a little underneath when I smile, but not anywhere near as much as they did. I’m also really chuffed with the treatment to my neck. It doesn’t look any different, but it seems more toned, which is nice (especially when you accidentally open your phone to the front camera and 17 chins).
Warning 1: Can I just warn you before you read on that there are uncensored photos of me with no make up on down below? Feel free to run away now.
Warning 2: I feel like this goes on a bit, but I wanted to really give you an in-depth look at what microneedling is like. Feel free to skim read:
A couple of weeks ago, I returned to One Stop Doctors to have my first session of microneedling – possibly one of the weirdest experiences I’ve had for a while. I kept a little treatment diary, but first, I asked Callie to explain the process to me:
During the automated microneedling procedure, tiny needles are used to create superficial micro injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. New collagen and elastin produces younger, healthier, plumper and firmer skin, effectively reducing the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars for an overall better tone and texture. Automated microneedling also creates micro-channels which allow topical serums, and creams to be absorbed more effectively into the skin.
Prior to your treatment a topical numbing agent is applied for 30-60 minutes. A sterile needle tip is applied to the collagen pin device: this contains 36 micro needles. A medium is applied to the area and then the device will be gently glided across the skin in a circular motion until the entire area has been covered.
After quite a lot of questions about my general health, any medication I’m on, etc, and signing a few forms, I was given the all-clear to start the treatment with my lovely therapist, Bron.
Microneedling: day one
Firstly, and this is the boring bit – there’s the thick application of anaesthetic cream, which needs to stay put until your face starts to tingle, and then feel quite tight, before becoming completely numb. The sensation of Bron wiping the cream off my face was really strange – I knew she was touching me but couldn’t really feel it.
The actual treatment isn’t painful, particularly, but I’m not going to say it’s relaxing or anything either. Bron applied a layer of oil, and then I could feel the kind of rumble of the microneedles against my face, without obviously feeling needles. There are some slightly tender bits: mainly the more bony areas like your forehead, where it feels quite jarring. It’s also pretty uncomfortable around the eye socket (the treatment only reaches the outer areas of your eyes), but it’s unpleasant rather than painful. It also feels really weird around your nose, and actually made me laugh as it’s a bit tickly.
After the treatment
The skin is cleaned with a saline solution and I also had a 20 minute session of Dermalux LED light (I think the one I had was called ‘near infrared’, which is great for healing, and relieving redness and irritation). Bron then gave my skin a generous application of SPF50. There’s a lot of post-treatment advice to take in, and it’s really quite important. Bron gave me a leaflet listing all the instructions and told me to expect to have a very red face, possibly with some bruising and feel like I have sunburn for at least the rest of the day and maybe tomorrow (everyone reacts differently).
After microneedling, it’s important to stay completely out of the sun, avoid make up and heat for at least 24 hours and use a good UVA/UVB SPF50. I walked out of the hospital feeling very embarrassed of my bright red face and drove home with the air conditioning blasting cold air. Once at home, I naturally took a picture of my beetrootness and sent it to all my friends and family. See Exhibit A, below. Woah!
Microneedling: day two
My face still feels a bit tight, but isn’t sore, and I have a rather odd, but faint, checkerboard pattern on my forehead. It feels a bit rough to the touch, and there’s a tiny bit of bruising across the bridge of my nose, but otherwise it’s completely fine. Bron has given me some products to use post-treatment, and the Epionce Priming Oil in particular is really lovely on the skin. I’m also loving the Epionce cleanser too – I was watching Nadine Baggott’s #Thebeautyknowitall YouTube channel and she actually mentioned that she loves Epionce products. I’m covering up with a hat and generous applications of SPF. Brace yourself for second unattractive, slightly shiny picture of the day – not flattering, but then there’s no point in writing about this if I’m not actually showing you the results! Also, if you can wrench your eyes away from the car crash that is me with no make up and a bruised nose, can I draw your attention to my eye lines which have considerably softened. There’s now just a small crinkle under the eye when I smile, which I’m mega pleased with (and for which Nadine Baggott recommends The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid):
Microneedling: day three
I’m still a bit red, but I’m allowed to put make up on now, which is a relief as I need to go food shopping and could do without scaring everyone. With an application of the Epionce oil and then the SPF50, I add just a bit of powder, and some mascara and look quite human! One other lovely thing is that Callie from One Stop Doctors rang me to see how I’m getting on and to offer any advice that I might need, which I think is so kind and reassuring. I love the customer service provided at One Stop Doctors.
Microneedling day four:
I feel fine, and although you can still see the darker patches from the microneedling, they’re now starting to flake off (you can see that quite clearly on the left of my forehead). It looks a bit weird, but underneath is lovely, fresh glowy skin! (No, I’ve no idea what this expression is about either – I hate taking selfies). This is with tinted SPF and a bit of powder, and wow, my eyebrows really need doing. You can also really see the effect of the Botox here, I think. I’m so chuffed with it!
Two weeks down the line and my skin still feels amazing: soft and a bit plumper. If you want to get the full effect, I’d suggest you follow me on Instagram stories, where I’ll often be found chatting away to the camera. That way, you can see my face move properly and get a sense of the results for yourself. But honestly? The best result is the fact that I’m absolutely delighted. I feel so much more confident and – yes – younger. My make up seems to go on really well, and I still feel like me, but a glowy, slightly less crinkly, slightly more fresh version of me, and that’s the best recommendation you can possibly get, isn’t it? I’m definitely going back for more of these – and apparently the result keeps improving over the next few weeks. Yay!
Microneedling treatment at One Stop Doctors costs from £200, with a three course package from £595. Coming soon: a post about beauty honesty.