It’s been 3 months since my foray into the world of cosmetic enhancement (Botox for me). I have to say that I have felt happier when I look in the mirror – so dreadful when you start noticing the feathery wrinkles and how they affect you eeeewwwww!! It seems also that if you are happier and more filled with the joys of life as it were, then you take more interest in how you dress, you want to wear nicer things, and you have more confidence in yourself. I have also felt that I look less tired and grouchy and I think this has been a great thing with the boys – 4, 7 and 37!!!
To be honest there hasn’t been much chat about the word “Botox”, but if I bring it up in conversation it is surprising how many friends and clients are genuinely interested (and pleased) to talk to someone about it quietly! It seems to be a bit of a forbidden topic that women are not wanting to talk about unless they know you have been down that track.
This brings me to the question “Why we are so secretive and funny about it – or admitting we have had it done?”
Initially my own thoughts on the subject were, “it’s really expensive and why would you spend money on it?” (And if I’m really honest I worried what everyone would think. )
I wonder why we feel this way and are so worried to talk about Botox? How come if you have had your teeth whitened or straightened, your feet pampered and toes painted, or your hair cut and dyed we are generally supportive and excited about the new look, but we tend to be very judgemental of people having Botox – which is surely another avenue to looking your best?
I have to say it’s definitely something you need to budget for, but thinking about it it’s the price of a couple of pairs of nice shoes and definitely cheaper than surgery down the track! It also takes effect within a couple of days which is more or less immediate. There’s no waiting years and saving for that facelift, eyebrow lift or whatever it is they can do (“Botched” blows my mind some nights with what they do do!!) I can look my best now… and without being put under the knife and out of action in bed for a week or 2 with a face that looks like it’s seen the wrong end of a bus!
Admittedly I didn’t start my family until later (it took a while to find someone brave enough to take me on!), so also I do think about being the “older mum” in the playground. I don’t want my kids to have to think about that, I want them to be pleased to see me not hiding from the old crone waiting after class!!!
My experience has been a softening of the face and although my frown does still move – it’s a powerful muscle and hard to extinguish, I look more relaxed. I thought I would like total eradication of any line at all, but honestly I think it’s better to still have movement and not be a wax doll! I can smile or get annoyed and there’s no confusion about what I’m thinking (surely imperative as a parent!) I feel my face has softened, and get this – if you have regular Botox then the muscle forgets how to work as it did and the lines get less and less – Gotta love that!!!!
Will this be something I will continue? Surprising myself I will say a definite Yes! It’s non invasive, immediate and makes me feel good about myself. If I can look good with a minimum of fuss then I’m in!! There are also payment plans so you can pay off your treatments weekly, fortnightly or monthly which makes it much easier to budget for too.
As far as I can see anything that makes you feel better about yourself and more confident is a positive in my book.
If anyone wants to ask me anything about it please email, firstname.lastname@example.org I’d be happy to answer questions about what it’s like!