I like to think that I have a pretty good face. I also used to think that I wasn’t vain. Then half my face was paralyzed. After 2 years of facial exercises and trying everything in my power to get my face back, it still just wasn’t the same. And it doesn’t matter how many people tell you that they think you’re beautiful and they can’t see the difference, I COULD SEE IT AND FEEL IT. Any time I moved my mouth, my left eye would slightly close. It felt tight ALL THE TIME. If I yawned, forget it my left eye would absolutely close. On my birthday I had a terrible time trying to take pictures because allergies and stress make the eye tightness worse and I finally just took a picture closing my eye to blow out my candles because nothing else would work. That was my breaking point.
So the problem solver that I am, I scheduled an appointment with my facial paralysis specialist.
Let me pause here to tell you about how I was always shocked when my girlfriends (we were in our 20s) started getting botox. I didn’t understand it. I wasn’t interested in it. I sat smugly with my clear face scoffing at the botox my friends were having injected into their faces.
Fast forward to sitting in my doctor’s office and we began talking about botox, I almost cried at the idea that I could walk out of his office with my left eye feeling and looking normal again. I 100% got emotional. On that day I got my first 5 units of botox. This is a teeny tiny amount compared to what most people get for wrinkle. But it gave me some semblance of my face back. I don’t even remember what “normal” felt or looked like before GBS anymore, but this was certainly a step in that direction.
Now that I’ve received my second treatment, I thought I might share some tips with anyone else that’s thinking of getting botox treatment after having facial paralysis.
- I cannot stress this enough, ONLY go to a doctor that specializes in facial paralysis. My doctor sticks a needle into my upper and lower eyelid. NO WAY am I trusting any Joe blow that does botox to stick a needle in my eyelid and not blind me.
- On that note, you can’t be freaked out by needles. It’s important that you stay completely still.
- But it only needs to be done every 3-4 months, so in the grand scheme of things, it’s not that bad.
- ice ice baby! The first time I did it I didn’t take the ice seriously (because I hate icing) but my eyelid ended up being bruised for 2 weeks. So the second time around I iced extensively in the room before the treatment and then I walked out of the building holding the ice over my eye as well. So do the ice before and after.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I’m more than happy to help anyone else that’s considering having this done.