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Let’s look at some Pros and Cons of Getting Botox
Con: Botox Changes Your Face
This is one of the things I’m most afraid of. When I had my blephoraplasty (eye bag and droopy eye lid removal), my face changed. I suddenly had these great big eyes I never had before, even in my younger years.
My friends didn’t recognize me. I went back to our big work convention and people I’ve known for years didn’t know me. Of course, this was a drastic change.
Would I do it again? Yes. For sure. I love the result and I’ve gotten used to my new face.
With botox, however, I don’t know if my forhead wrinkles bother me enough to take the risk. Maybe just not yet.
Nobody wants to wake up and Look like the Joker from Bat Man!
Pro: When Done Right, Nobody Knows You Had Work Done
OK, so when done right, nobody might realize you had anything done. That’s when you know cosmetic improvements are a job well done. You should look rested, more youthful, but not like you had plastic surgery.
When someone looks at me today, they wouldn’t know I had my eyes lids/bags done. They look natural. That’s what I would hope for with botox.
Con: Eyebrows May Droop
OK, we ‘ve all seen it. That woman that looks like her eyebrows are glued on and maybe not even in the right spot. They are frozen.
This is one of my fears. In the video above, the woman talks about her experience prior with botox where her brows and forehead were pushed down.
Botox injections cause muscle to not move and if the muscles that pull up are not strong enough, the eyebrows can droop.
In a week or two, this look may return to a more natural look by springing back up. Additional botox may be necessary to bring the brows back up.
Someone with droopy lids or excess skin like I had before my eye surgery is not a great candidate for botox in this area as the eye may droop further.
Con: Bruising Can Occur
I think with the right professional and the right needle, this can be preventative. I think for me, I’d want just a little bit of time before a big event to allow this to heal.
If there is bruising, many doctors suggest the use of Arnica Cream or Vitamin K Cream.
Icing before and after, I’m told, to constrict the blood cells, can often reduce bruising as well.
Con: Can Cause Headaches or Flu Systems
Temporary after affects from botox can be headaches and
Pro: Can Improve Headaches
I don’t really have a problem with headaches myself, but I’m told that people with migraines can see a significant improvement in their headaches after receiving their botox injections.
Cons: Feels Weird
So video after video of women having botox, I hear them say how freaky it is to not be able to move their forehead. Yeah, that just sounds weird. That being said, most of these women look great and said they would do it again.
Pros: Looking Better
Well, let’s be real. This is the reason we entertain it in the first place. Fewer wrinkles lead us to looking younger and more rested. If the desired results are there, I think botox could be a wonderful solution for many midlife women (and men too!).