botox for beginners

August 27, 2018

Let's talk Botox. I recently tried it at Concept Medical and I am IN LOVE. Once upon a time I was dismissive of Botox, fillers, and medical esthetics in general: I thought they were super obvious and made everybody look the same. But that just ain't the case anymore. 

Dr. Sam Hetz is the owner & medical director at Concept Medical, and I met he and his team last summer at a charity event. I was immediately impressed by how easy they were to chat with, by their knowledge and expertise, and... this is a big one... none of them looked "done". Did they have Botox or fillers? I didn’t know… and couldn’t tell!


That got me thinking. 


I use sunscreen daily to prevent sun damage and wrinkles, but as I tiptoe toward 40 I've noticed little lines around my eyes and between my brows. Probably doesn't help that I spend 16 hours a day squinting into a backlit screen...


So after pondering Botox for a whole year, I finally freaking did it. You guys, I GOT BOTOX. 

botox at concept medical


At Concept Medical, Dr. Hetz fully customizes Botox treatments to each client's unique needs. This isn't a one-size-fits-all approach where everyone comes out looking the same.


Dr. Hetz works with a light hand and a conservative approach so that you'll look well rested and refreshed, not frozen or "done".

my botox consultation


First, you'll meet with Dr. Hetz for a Botox consultation. This is where you'll discuss your needs and wishes, and ask any questions. This helps Dr. Hetz understand your expectations, and he'll then examine your skin and ensure the treatment is safe for you. He'll explain a few treatment options and respective costs, and then you'll head home to mull things over -- unless you feel sure you'd like treatment the same day.


The consultation is $70+HST, and it's a one-time fee. You won't have any further consultation costs if you decide to go back and discuss a new treatment in the future. 


At my consultation I mentioned the lines between my brows and around both eyes. Since I was new to all this, Dr. Hetz said I was welcome to start with just the lines between my brows, or if I was comfortable, he could also treat the area around my eyes. He answered all my questions and never made me feel rushed. I wish I had this much time with my GP!

my botox treatment


About a week later, I went back for my Botox treatment. We started by taking "before" photos so I could compare after treatment. I headed into the treatment room and settled into the chair. Woohoo!


Dr. Hetz used 35 units of Botox on me, which he says is on the lighter side. He performed injections between my eyes and above my brows to nix the frown lines, and below my eyes to knix the crows feet. Wanna see my before and after pics? Click here!


your botox questions answered


How much does it cost?

The cost for my botox treatment was $430+ tax. If you just wanna tackle one area, say horizontal forehead lines, that costs $100-$150. Note: Concept Medical provided my Botox service in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, because you folks know I will always be honest with you.


Does it kick in right away?

Nope. You'll see full results about 1-2 weeks after your injections. However, wrinkles typically start looking better within the first 3 days.


How long does it last? 

Botox treatments performed at Concept Medical last 3-4 months on average.


Does it hurt?

Not at all. I had no discomfort before, during or after the injections -- there is absolutely zero downtime with Botox at Concept Medical. You could seriously go on your lunch break and go right back to work.


Any side effects? 

Nope! On the plus side: I noticed I'm getting far fewer headaches since my Botox treatment. I have a bad habit of squinting while I'm at my computer... and that often causes headaches. Maybe I'm not squinting as much because the muscles around my eyes are relaxed? I'll take it.


Why Concept Medical?

I chose Concept Medical after spending nearly 2 full years researching Botox in Ottawa. I chose Concept because they're warm, welcoming, and never made me feel pressured -- even while I took a year to decide. Unlike some clinics, the physicians themselves perform all the cosmetic injectable treatments such as Botox. Also: the whole team looks natural. No frozen faces!


Where is Concept Medical?

You'll find Concept Medical at 11 Holland Avenue, Suite 40, inside Holland Cross. They're 5 minute drive from downtown and easily accessible by transit -- the new Tunney's Pasture LRT station is right across the street!


How do I book a consultation?

Give them a shout and the Concept team will set you up!


Phone: 613.829.1266

Instagram: @conceptmedicalottawa

Hours: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm


What are your thoughts on Botox? Have you tried it? Or do you want to? Tell me in the comments!

Photos: Hello Lovely Studio

Hair: Society Salon & Blowdry Bar

Makeup: Tahmina at Dior, Hudson's Bay Rideau

Gucci bag: Valamode Luxury Consignment

Dress: Eliza J, Hudson's Bay Rideau

Earrings: BaubleBar, Nordstrom Rideau

Nails: The Ten Spot Westboro


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