Botox Changed Everything!
How did Tris Anderson Photography change because of Botox?
“B-B-Botox?!” A look of shock and disbelief over combs their face as they learn that my 20-something-year-old forehead has been injected with almost 32 units of Botulinum (Botox for short). “B-B-Botox?!” is usually followed closely by, “You don’t need that!” P.S.A.: What you think I need is none of my concern. However, I did choose to sit down and think about why… why is it that I think of Botox as a very routine act of self-care, almost like brushing your teeth or washing your hair. I uncovered that not only is Botox synonymous with self-care acts of hygiene for me, but it has transformed the way I retouch my client’s faces. Let’s talk…
OH, if you find that you are interested in knowing whom I use for Botox, Fillers, etc. click the link at the end of the post and I’ll send you their info and some of my Before and After’s.
I feel the need offer this disclaimer because Botox and the act of freezing one’s forehead muscles can be very controversial:
I am NOT suggesting that anyone get Botox injected into his or her forehead because of anything that I might say in this blog post. My experiences have been fantastic and I would be more than happy to refer you to the Registered Nurse (R.N.) that I have been using for my last three treatments. However, this post is entirely about my personal views on the treatment and how it has changed the way I retouch my clients’ images. Your experience may differ wildly from mine.
The idea of Botox causing a fake, plastic or frozen look has more to do with the injector than it has to do with the substance itself. Why? Well, because Botox is truly an art and it allows the injector to relax, or freeze, a muscle for about 3 to 4 months. This act, this tool for that matter, can smooth (or remove) unwanted lines and wrinkles… it can also render your face incapable of making the most rudimentary expressions. An expression is everything in Tris Anderson Photography. Actually, this brings me to my next point…
When guiding a client through a portrait session, I look for 5 things:
If the expression is not there, the photo is no good to me and would never make it through the retouching process. However, there are some things that I have noticed Botox when used correctly, has in common with a perfectly retouched portrait of a mature woman. Would you like to know what that is? Of course, you would… otherwise, you would not be here.
Vertical lines and horizontal lines, most commonly known as:
• Worry Lines
• Frown Lines
• Crows Feet
All terms for things that most women think they can live without. Believe it or not, just like Botox, you can go too far with retouching these lines out. It was through using Botox to prevent lines from forming and correcting some that had already formed that I found the PERFECT formula for retouching these lines. A formula, that ALL my clients love because it’s the perfect balance of I look well rested & I have never looked this good before.
Now, I remove 30% to 45% of horizontal lines on the forehead and 100% of vertical lines. I choose to remove all vertical lines (frown lines in between eyebrows) because these are the lines that are formed during anger and confusion… not something I want to have represented my portraits. Interestingly enough, this is the same formula that I gave to the R.N. that I use for my Botox. It works for me because no one ever knows I had anything done, until now, but it helps prevent some of the aging processes has begun a little prematurely.
Like I said above, Botox is not for everyone. If enough of you are interested in my experience I will write more about that in a future blog post so feel free to reach out. If you are interested in learning whom I use for my injectables like Filler, Botox, and chemical Peels, CLICK HERE. I will also include a before and after because… well, who does not like to see a transformation?