Before diving into this article, I would like to disclose and mention that Botox® is a registered trademark/name for a neurotoxin owned by Allergan.
I’m often at the receiving end of getting chuckled at over the phone when I take phone calls with clients. It could be that when I usually share my personal experience following their slew of questions regarding neurotoxin and dermal filler procedures, they ask me how old I am, and I’ll outright tell them I’m only 38. Keep in mind that most of the gals that call us are usually older, looking for solutions to make them feel and appear at least a handful of years younger.
They always say: “But you’re so young! Why start so early?” – I’ll be honest, I started relatively late compared to my friends who began getting Botox in their mid 20’s. At the time, I, too, thought that it was a pre-mature move on their part, but it turns out I was wrong.
My relationship with Botox alone is pretty moderate, and I believe it is because I started just at the right time. At the age of 33, I noticed layers of small wrinkling happening over the corners above my eyebrows, and those unforgiving “11’s” between my brows began to form. I suppose I’m one of those who can’t seem to hide my facial expressions when it comes to facing perplexing situations, which often led to my infamous “WTF” expressions. But, let’s be honest, we all have those expressions – Am I right?
Since I began my regular visits to the doctor’s office for Botox, my wrinkles have been out of sight. Because I started treatment at the first signs of wrinkling, it has undoubtedly benefitted me in the long run. This solution prevented those creases from deepening, even preventing them from permanent damages and pronounced wrinkles. In addition, it has improved my overall look and positioned my eyebrows, giving my face a fighting chance of not scaring the general public daily.
In most recent experiences, I’ve had conversations with women who are now turning to medical aesthetics for a variety of solutions now being in their late 40’s to 50’s, in which most of them are looking to start with a bit of Botox and going forward from there. But most of them have shown concerns that they feel they’ve acted too late to prevent the very wrinkles that worry them this present day. I can almost feel the pain in their voice when they express how unhappy they currently are with the state of their appearance. And I can never usually bring myself to tell them that those wrinkles won’t disappear with just Botox.
I usually leave it for the Doctor to break the bad news. However – with bad news comes some good news – the Doctor will recommend the best options to minimize the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of the skin.
The bottom line is that Botox is indeed a preventative, along with a few other benefits I’ll list shortly. Receiving neurotoxin treatments early on is recommended – it ultimately does prevent current wrinkles from cracking deeper over time and prevent future wrinkles from forming. This may be why my friends who have all started Botox treatments early in their 20’s seemingly have frozen (just their faces) in time.
I genuinely believe that Botox is the minimum maintenance of all medical aesthetics that you can do for yourself. Now, I’ll be honest – I have slowly graduated up to dermal fillers and PDO threads in addition to getting my Botox religiously on the mark every 3-4 months. However, I do feel that most women (and men) are hindered by the idea that it can add up to become a costly maintenance every few months – I totally understand. However, suppose your concerns of aesthetics are not addressed or maintained from earlier on. In that case, it can result in more costly procedures down the line, such as surgical face and/or brow lifts, which, even then, most may not be happy with the results of surgical outcomes in the long run.
Personally, I have absolutely zero regrets about starting treatments when I did. Although, I’m not going to lie – I get a little giddy when I’m asked to show my I.D. A part of me wonders if I should have started sooner, but I honestly can’t complain about my progress one bit. I’m going 5 years strong, consistent with Botox, and I wouldn’t give it up for anything.
While I don’t usually like to push people into starting treatments if they are not ready or comfortable with the idea, I encourage anyone to do their research and look into various options, such as Botox.
Now, as I’ve mentioned before, here are just a few other things Botox can actually do for you aside from just being a solution for wrinkles: Helping with migraines, prevent sweaty palms and armpits, slimming the jawline and giving lips the perfect pout (“lip flip”) just to name a few. There are so many different benefits that neurotoxins can provide that, generally, many people are unaware of. But it’s worth asking a physician about these options. In conclusion, go as far as you’re comfortable going when it comes to medical aesthetics. Medical aesthetics is only here as an option, but it is not for everyone.
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