Botox Me Up

Heidi on Good Morning America. Photo: GMA

We all know Heidi Montag went way, way to far in her Botox and plastic surgery escapade. But I must admit Botox and I became friends at the “ripe old age” of just 21. I was training for a new position at a med spa and I was very curious to learn and try all of these new things! I will never forget that first time trying to pretend that the needle being poked into my skin in multiple places didn’t bother me. Well it did, just not enough to never do it again!

I have been a regular Botox client for 7 years now, and I am proud of it! Most people are entirely shocked and perplexed when I tell them, and I think the reaction is entertaining. With that said, I want to make very clear that I do not need Botox to feel better about myself, it hasn’t changed my life, and it doesn’t give me more self worth. But it is part of my job to do consults with people about their face, and I won’t suggest things I have never tried. You may associate Botox with a frozen forehead, I think of it as the softening of fine lines and wrinkles, or potential ones at my age.

Truth? Botox is more common than you think. Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a correspondent for CBS news said “Of the 5 million people in the U.S. who got Botox last year, almost 30 percent were under the age of 30.” Most people are not going to talk about it because it’s personal, they don’t want to be judged, and they want you to think its “just good genetics!” Botox is extremely effective on the forehead, around your eyes, and in between your brows otherwise knows as the “11’s”. It can also be used above the lip to give you a tiny pout which I love. I personally don’t think it should be such a quiet topic, but I also realize that people’s opinions differ and I am definitely not suggesting it for everyone.

There are pro’s and con’s to Botox, just like there is with any medication you take. For more information see Botoxcosmetic.com. Botox is usually between $9-$14 dollars a unit, and usually a minimum of 15 units depending on the severity of your fine lines or wrinkles. It is not permanent and lasts around 3-6 months. If you have severe wrinkles, they will be softened, but you may need to use fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane to finish the job.

 

 

 

 

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  • Brandy Maddox

    While I don’t personally think Botox is necessary for young people, I think it is a personal decision to get it or not. With that said, after doing some research on what it actually is, I have to wonder if it is safe? It seems like we might want to think about what we are injecting into our skin, maybe the short term effects aren’t dangerous, but long term? Seems a little scary to me. Just an opinion though:)

  • Rebecca Pickrel

    I didn’t know you could use it to make your lip do the little pout?!? I am not sure I would be down with the Botox, but I do think you made a really good point with how this and other beauty treatments are so taboo to talk about. I wish we could have no shame for “enhancing” ourselves for the right reasons, not always having it assumed that we do it to be vain.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks you guys your thoughts and opinions! They are all wonderful and you each have such good insite on the subject!