I first came across Botox in the early nineties when a fellow friend and salon owner volunteered to have her frown lines Botoxed for a feature that was being done in a glossy magazine. She informed me that the idea was that if by paralysing the muscle it could stop you frowning then, when the Botox wears off, you have now trained your muscles to stop frowning and hey pesto no more frown lines! However since those early days, Botox has become so popular with people trotting off in their droves and having it done with the same triviality as having a manicure. Today Botox can be used in other parts of the face and now the body.
Stars on the red carpet had Botox on their armpits to prevent them from sweating. Botox is also used in the treatment of migraines and to stop teeth grinding and now you can even get a breast lift from it, now being dubbed as “breastox”.
With so many people having it done the question that begs is “should I have Botox?” Before you embark on this I believe that first it would be wise to research it and there are many things to consider.
1. The side effects are rare and in most cases temporary. The most common are headaches, respiratory infections and bruising at the injection site. In some cases if the site is injected inaccurately you could get eyelid droop and the Botox spreading to the muscles nearby. Botox only stays in your body for a maximum of six months so any side effects will disappear after that time. In general however if the injections are administered by a trained physician you should be safe.
2. Go to a trained physician ideally one that has been highly recommended. The results you get from your treatment will very much depend on this. It is very easy to get carried away with it and a good physician will under do rather than over do which could leave you looking more like a wax work doll than a person who looks good for their age.
3. Don’t overdo it, just focus on the area that bothers you the most. Be very careful of the temptation to get more done than you need. Also think to yourself does this suit my face? I saw a lady once that had her eyebrows so lifted they were almost touching her hairline and although she had no wrinkles she actually looked older.
4. Grow old gracefully. None of us wants to age. We all cringe when the fine wrinkles turn into deeper wrinkles and when our jowls start to look more like that of your pet dog. But do whatever you need to feel good about yourself but do it with grace. Make sure your hands match your face, after all there is no point having your face stretched to oblivion and then hold out your hand that looks its age.
I myself have not given in to the Botox stampede, preferring rather to stick to more natural methods of holding back the years. Aging is a very complex subject with aging being influenced by so many factors, and although paralysing your facial muscles can leave you looking wrinkle free it will not stop you aging.So my advice would be if you want to have it done then fine, just remember to also look at other more natural methods of holding back the years as well. There is so much new technology out there and scientists are ever closer to finding that ever elusive fountain of youth.
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