My first introduction to botox was, as for many women my age and slightly older, through snippy remarks of the legendary Samantha Jones from SATC.
As shallow that show may seem from the contemporary standing (so shallow they had to do a remake to redeem it), Samantha’s character did more than sex education for a sixteen year old me. Fast forward to 2017 and at the ripe age of twenty five I have gotten my first Botox injection.
What is the big deal ?
To be honest, there is none. If you are a woman, there is so much nuisances and mental load that comes with age, so I personally put all the judgements aside regardless of who wants to do what behind the closed cabinet doors of the dermatologist. There is a common misconception that anti-ageing treatments are reserved for older women. This is not entirely true for Botox, with which some areas can be tackled as a preventative care. Its most basic action is to block nerve transmission to muscles causing temporary weakness.
In my case, the treatment was for the frown lines, or otherwise known as glabellar. Being a confused expat for most of my life started to show (prematurely adding to my mean look). Some of my friends did not wait for long to tackle crows feet (due to accumulative effects of smiling or squinting, which was not my case). Botox can also be used for the extensive forehead creases, smokers lines, facial contouring, eyebrow lift, teeth grinding (bruxism) and excessive sweating. All of the above are more than fine, but speaking from experience, it did feel unfair to have the infamous ‘number II’ right after my pimples cleared out.
A few things to know
Botox injections is an aesthetic treatment which does not last very long, three to six months maximum and can be a strain on the budget. I suggest staying away from saunas, excessive fitness and alcohol for the first week to prolong the effect. There are potential side effects, which include bruising, swelling and even a droopy eyebrow, so choose your certified dermatologist wisely. Make sure your batch is opened right in front of you, if you like me, have trust issues.
Chemical peel is another medical procedure which can go hand in hand with botox, or otherwise on its own. Light and laser treatments can also be alternatives to botox, if things like pigmentation and redness are more a concern along with some premature creasing.
There are creams, gels and serums that claim miracles, and in some cases regardless of the placebo effect, these too work. Opt for Retinoids (always at night), the only topical agent that repeatedly demonstrated anti-ageing effects in scientific studies. Antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, Resveratrol, green tea, silymarin (milk thistle) and coffeeberry largely prevent oxidative damage, so I have made friends with them too.
And for the love of gods you believe in, use SPF or shall it all be in vain.
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