I have reached an age of wisdom, circumspection, and appreciation for so many things in life that I used to take for granted. I have also reached an age where I’m getting more interested in Botox and fillers. Having a fairly olive complexion, I’ve not thought much about wrinkles until recently when I caught a glimpse of myself in full sunlight. I was surprised (a nice way of putting it) by the small lines around my mouth that I don’t remember having before.
I’m very cognitive of preventative measures; foods that can help slow the aging process, using sun screen, antioxidant facial products and so on, but I haven’t always been as careful as I am now. Some of my carelessness has obviously caught up with me.
I did some research online about the safety of some of these procedures. Choosing the right technician seems to be the most important thing. Most of the horror stories you read about were a result of errors on the part of the doctor or aesthetician and not inherent in the procedure itself.
Although Botox is a toxin, and you know how I feel about toxins, there is such a small amount being used that apparently it’s not a danger. The problem with Botox seems to be in overuse. I think these procedures can be addicting and if started too young and used too often, Botox can atrophy the muscles it’s injected into for good. Maybe some women would see that as a perk, but I think it would be a little disconcerting not to be able to make certain facial expressions ever again. Apparently this is a problem for some Hollywood directors. The acting crowd is becoming less and less expressive.
Speaking of the frozen chosen, I read about a new procedure called cryoneuromodulation that uses ice to freeze the offending muscles creating temporary tissue damage. This has a similar effect to Botox injections. For people who really don’t like the idea of injecting poison, this could be an alternative.
Finally, Botox is not the answer to all wrinkle issues. In fact, it could make some situations worse. Talk with a professional who comes highly recommended and who is well versed in a variety of procedures before subjecting yourself to anything. I’ll do some research on fillers for you in an upcoming post but meanwhile my advice is: it’s best to be wise and circumspect before letting anyone at your face with needles. Hey, there’s another perk about growing older, I’m better prepared to make a good decision about wrinkle proofing my face.