is botox for you

Forgive this similar re-post of one from today, but I realized that I made a couple of typos that affected what I meant to say. Sorry for any confusion. Here’s my corrected post:

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Rachel Zoe looks pretty amazing 

Last night I was out with a group of girlfriends, but before everyone else had arrived, I got involved in a discussion with one girlfriend in particular who follows my blog (thank you!) and we got to talking about Botox. While she’s interested in trying it, she admitted that she’s really nervous to do so, given the not-so-appealing effects she sees on certain celebrities. I would assume she’s referring to abnormally raised eyebrows a la Jack Nicholson or the frozen look of a deer caught in headlights! My friend was also worried about becoming addicted to Botox and if I’m not mistaken, whether there were any longterm side effects from injecting a deadly toxin in your skin. Sounds horrible when put like that!

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Hilary Clinton looks refreshed

From the MedlinePlus website:

Botox is a drug made from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It’s the same toxin that causes a life-threatening type of food poisoning called botulism. Doctors use it in small doses to treat health problems, including:

Temporary smoothing of facial wrinkles and improving your appearance
Severe underarm sweating
Cervical dystonia – a neurological disorder that causes severe neck and shoulder muscle contractions
Blepharospasm – uncontrollable blinking
Strabismus – misaligned eyes
Chronic migraine
Overactive bladder

Botox injections work by weakening or paralyzing certain muscles or by blocking certain nerves. The effects last about three to twelve months, depending on what you are treating. The most common side effects are pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site. You could also have flu-like symptoms, headache, and upset stomach. Injections in the face may also cause temporary drooping eyelids. You should not use Botox if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Having embarked on the Botox path nearly four years ago (and I don’t plan to deviate from it), not one person has ever asked me if I do Botox and seem to be genuinely surprised to hear that I do. I’ve always gone to doctors (plastic surgeons in my case) who tend not to be overzealous with a needle and do fewer injections, but still in critical locations that eliminate the look of wrinkles. This means that while I can’t crinkle the space just above and between my eyes, my forehead does move when I open my eyes wide. Does that make any sense? I started doing Botox before having wrinkles and I think this is key in wrinkle prevention.

What I will admit to you is that I have come away from a couple of Botox appointments feeling ill for about 24 hours- very achy and nauseous- and if I ponder why that may have happened, I realise it’s because I had had more injections that day than usual due to trying out a new doctor. But the flu-like symptoms always subside with no lingering effects; however, when you first start having injections and subsequently thereafter, you may always feel a sensation as though there’s something gently floating on the surface of your skin, applying slight pressure, but absolutely no pain.

Here’s the thing: you could always try Botox once, decide it’s not for you, and never do it again. It will take around five months for the effects to go away completely, but on the other hand should you decide that you like what Botox does for your appearance, try as best you can to wait at least four months until your next appointment.

One of the main reasons you should wait a minimum of four months is that you can build up a resistance to Botox and will then need to do it more often, which creates a vicious cycle of more frequent visits to your doctor, the necessity to shell out even more money to maintain your desired look, and more importantly, this could increase the likelihood of perpetual anxiety resulting from your own internal debate of, “is this all worth it??”, especially if you’re stretching your savings to accommodate your doctor’s bills.

From Dr. Oz’s website:

Risks and Side Effects of Botox

Although Botox has so many positive benefits, both cosmetically and medically, there are also risks associated with it. Botulinum toxin in very large doses can cause botulism, which is a rare and paralyzing illness that most commonly stems from food poisoning. There are cases where a Botox procedure has gone bad because the toxic component was too high or the drug was administered incorrectly. It is very important that only a trained medical doctor, such as a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, handle your Botox injections. It is equally important to use a certified brand such as Botox and not an unknown form of the toxin that may not meet the same quality standards.

The main cause of concern is the repeated exposure to Botox. The effects of Botox last several weeks but then require repeated treatment in order for the results to continue. As your muscles begin to get trained from the Botox injections, the recurrence of the condition lessens. However, some people become aesthetically addicted to Botox and end up repeating the treatments so often that their faces actually become frozen in appearance. Since the repeated use of Botox does limit your facial animation, it is important to understand the consequences of repeated use of this treatment. This is especially true of actors or anyone who relies on facial expressions for their livelihood.

There are other possible side effects from Botox such as bruising at the injection site, headache, indigestion, and nausea. However, if you are looking to treat a specific condition and you don’t abuse the Botox treatment by overusing it, you may find relief from various cosmetic and medical conditions. Your doctor can help you determine if Botox is a viable option for you.

Couldn’t have said it better myself! What I want to assure you is that the cosmetic effects of Botox can truly aid in wrinkle prevention and anti-aging and I myself am hopeful that Botox could replace any need for invasive cosmetic surgery. Unless you want to, you will not emerge looking like a freshly ironed sheet with too much starch in it unless you choose a doctor who’s heavy-handed with the number of injections. You can always request less Botox and your doctor should offer a follow-up appointment for more if necessary, but have the discussion before being injected.

Do your research by asking your friends who they go to and if there’s a doctor they wouldn’t recommend. Consider the fact that once you start Botox, though it itself is not addictive, it’s both a maintenance and financial commitment. Unless your doctor is your husband or a great friend, beware of doctors who advertise discounted prices for Botox and please don’t confuse someone’s garage for a doctor’s office!

To illustrate my point; have you ever seen a show about plastic surgery nightmares that included a woman who was promised low cost collagen injections by some aesthetician she met through her hair salon (I think) and so she found herself at the woman’s house, sitting on a chair in her garage while receiving injections of what she thought would plump up her tired lips. She was instead injected with motor oil and her once beautiful face would forever be obscured by her decision to cut corners in cost.

Do your research, consult your friends, consult a medical practitioner, make an appointment for a consultation before committing to Botox (it’s not cheap, no matter where you go), but don’t embark on this journey unless you’re prepared for it. The aesthetic rewards can be amazing, but try not to make it a risky process.

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