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Life Experiment: Botox v. Restylane

March 1st, 2010 7 Comments

You know I’ve had both Botox and Restylane injected by Dr. Bobby (in NYC),but I’ve never brought you into the room during the procedure.

As I’ve stated in the past, I have the procedure for two reasons:

  1. The lines in my forehead are very deep for someone my age.
  2. I want to prevent wrinkles around my eyes and mouth from intensifying.

In this episode, I introduce Dr. Patronella (in Houston) to explain the difference between the various injectables.  Then we record the actual process, which (per usual) causes me to get a little nauseous.

You’ll notice the purple spots all over my face.  Dr. Patronella marked each site so you could see where he was going to inject.  This is not standard procedure so you won’t look like a spotted monster when you leave the office.

My Doctor’s Info:

Dr. Chistopher Patronella

12727 Kimberley, Suite 300
Houston, TX 77024


(Full Disclosure: Products and services were comped for Life Experiment episode.)

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  • Theodora

    I think I jumped a little bit every time I watched him put the needle in! How often do you get this done?

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  • I get botox twice a year. Perlane/Restylane around my mouth only once a year. The botox wears off quickly and the wrinkles are really noticeable on my forehead.

    The injections really are not that painful. I just HATE needles, so it’s more of a mental anxiety for me.

  • Lizzie

    You look great! very fresh faced. Just wondering — how much do these procedures usually cost in nyc?

    • It depends what areas you have done and which products you use. Plus, just being in NYC and LA make the price higher.

      To botox the forehead and scowel, I believe Dr. Bobby charges $500. I would get a media discounted rate, which helped, but it was still expensive. I think the cheapest way to do it is to have a “botox” party where you round up a bunch of girls who want to have it done and invite the person over to your house. It really is a simple procedure, and if you don’t like the results, it will wear off in 6 months.

      Cremes can be just as expensive and not as effective as injections. I used StriVectin on my forehead for a while with no sign of change. In the HBO documentary “Youth Knows No Pain” that featured Julia and I, Mitch McCabe discovered that the injections were cheaper than her regimen. The nighttime moisturizer I use by Dr. Zelens (that was sent via PR) costs $250 a bottle! I LOVE the stuff, but there is no way I would shell out that much cash for lotion when I KNOW injections work.

      At the end of the day, I would rather prevent the wrinkles now than have them pulled back later.

  • Megan

    Hi Mary,

    I sincerely appreciate some of the changes you’ve made as you transition to this new platform. For example, the Blueprint Cleanse deal is nearly too great to pass up… I’m not sure I’ll be able to resist!

    However, blogging is still (mostly) a written word platform. You REALLY should try to spell-check. It’s one thing for people to use acronyms, creative terms, etc. to express their voice, but when I saw the word “naucious” in the above post, it is so far from the actual spelling of the word “nauseous” that I had to conscientiously evaluate the context to figure out what you meant. That’s tedious for a reader and such a quick error to correct, I can’t imagine you’d want it to impact the effect you could have.

    Of course, just my two cents. I wish you the best of luck with your new venture.

    • Love the email address you’ve used Megan! And I mean that seriously.

      You’re totally right on this one. First of all I’m not sure WHY the spell check didn’t catch it. But that is certainly no excuse. Maybe I should post a list of words I have trouble with…. Anyway, the reason the word is spelled incorrectly is due to the fact I didn’t see underlined on my spell check.

      As always, I will try to be more meticulous. But I’m human, so I often make mistakes.

      Thanks for your continues support.