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Fittingly Mad: Express Yourself with Botox?

There’s been a lot of talk this week, in light of National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, about being comfortable in your skin. My buddy Dear even did a great poll on the topic. I’ve been taking stock in how I unconsciously view my body and my face – essentially ME.

So when I read the text in a Botox ad while flipping though a healthy life style magazine (how ironic), I got a little fumed. “It’s all about freedom of expression” read the text of the ad for Botox Cosmetic Botulinum Toxin Type A. I had to type the whole name out because I find it crazy that folks willingly shoot a toxin into their face.

“Freedoms of expression"…yeah, right. I can have my face paralyzed so it doesn’t move and doesn’t express any emotion. Got to stay wrinkle free to be beautiful. I had a facial recently (such a wonderful luxury I wish I could indulge in more often) and the esthetician an older woman with glowing skin, kept telling me that wrinkles were a normal part of aging, but exfoliation is to help the cell regenerate (your ability to exfoliate naturally slows down as you age – who knew??). It was so wonderful to hear from a “beauty expert” how wrinkles are normal, because they are. Look at Academy Award winning actress Helen Mirren. She is 62 and totally gorgeous and she looks her age. I doubt she would trade her ability to express herself (after all that is her craft) to delay, cover up, or numb a few wrinkles away.

So yes, Botox Cosmetic Botulinum Toxic Type A, I will express myself. I will keep my face mobile and my emotions visible. Helen is my role model for aging gracefully. We all age and we shouldn’t work so hard to cover it up.


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Scarlett-Hara Scarlett-Hara 8 years
Botox is a temporary solution to wrinkles, but it is a lot less expensive than plastic surgery. It is advisable to seek help from a dermatologist or qualified medical professional about its usages. For more information visit here or consult Dr. J. Shah of Amari Medical Spa
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I wouldn't condemn anyone who surgically changed themselves...if that's what it takes to make you like yourself, then go for it. However, silicone implants, PLASTIC surgery, botulism injections...NOT NATURAL. And that's rather dramatic to compare protecting your skin with sunscreen to opting for cosmetic surgery. I don't think Fit is a hypocrite at all. Seriously, how can you compare wearing mascara to having FAKE breasts surgically INSTALLED in your body?
wasabigizmobunny wasabigizmobunny 10 years
This aging "naturally" idea is a lot of hypocrisy on your part FitSugar. If you really wanted to age "naturally" why would you go for a facial? Or use any creams / make-up? As "nature" intended, we would all be leathery with sunspots and age spots. Why even bother using sun screen or going to the gym? Botox is a choice, just as fake breasts, lash extensions, yoga classes and everyday make-up is a choice. There's not need to try and categorize it as "unnatural" just because you disagree with its usage. It's true that many people are obsessed with the way they look and blotched plastic surgery can be mighty amusing but we should integrate ourselves with new scientific development and not justify our choices and right to choose with some arbitrary "it's unnatural" justification. It's dangerous territory.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
My little brother has cerebal palsey and walked "on his tip toes". Before Botox was "cool", his doctor suggested that they use injections to stop the muscles in his ankles that he was using - his idea was that he would have to build up the other muscles in order to walk, which would have left him basically an invalid for a while. Anyway, they talked my mom into doing it, but it hurt my brother so much she didn't take him back. He's had physical therapy and braces since then that worked wonders. Way better than painful injections and not being able to walk! But this ad wasn't about the other medical uses for was to try to make it seem like you are doing something original by getting cosmetic botox. Which is just funny in itself.
redegg redegg 10 years
My neurologist recommended Botox injections to me for my chronic headaches, which I have yet to take her up on. I am supposed to get them injected into the back of my neck. But it is supposed to aid chronic pain. :fogey:
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
I have known some people that had Botox treatment for back pain. The Botox numbs the muscles that cause the pain. Pretty cool.
Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
LOL, ..ixie! You know, I'm not one to be shooting toxins into my I spend so much time trying to GET THEM OUT. If it will give someone what they are looking for, good for them, but I definitely think that tagline is inappropriate. ixie girl called the best punchline on it.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Botox makes it impossible for any expressions. Everybody knows that :makeup:
Beautifulbarbie Beautifulbarbie 10 years
Some would look better without the botox.
steviasweet steviasweet 10 years
There are plenty of examples of celebs that overdo it with the botox.(ahem*NicoleKidman*ahem) While I believe in aging gracefully, and appropriately, I have, at age 33, had botox treatments. People have always remarked on my range of facial expressions, and they still do, however, I have two deep vertical lines between my eyebrows that give me an "angry" look that I feel doesn't suit my personality. I can still raise my eyebrows, wrinkle my forehead etc., just that small area is treated, and I am very happy with the results. I know it is not for everyone though!
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