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Let's Talk Botox

by Kristin Leitch |

I am pretty sure the days of Botox shaming are over.

It seems that women and men have moved on from images of frozen smiles and expressionless eyes when thinking about Botox.

If you are still apprehensive on the benefits and stigma of Botox injections, let me shine some light on this remarkable drug.

Clostridium botulinum prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon endings at the neuromuscular junction and thus cause paralysis in a desired area.

As one of the most popular non surgical treatments, it is used to relax the muscles causing fine lines and wrinkles. It can also help treat migraines, excessive sweating and TMJ disfunction.

Used for cosmetic reasons, Botox injections are generally well-tolerated and have very few side effects. The drug takes 2-5 days to work its magic, and may need up to 2 weeks to see full effect in the injection area. It can be effective anywhere from 4-6 months. The procedure itself takes very little time and it's relatively painless – even without a topical anesthetic.

I started getting Botox injections in my forehead and frown lines last year. For the record, I am 35 years old. People are often very surprised when I tell them (considering my age).

In the cosmetics world, we class wrinkles in two categories; static and dynamic. Static wrinkles are lines that we have at rest. They are harder to treat and often require dermal fillers. Dynamic wrinkles are lines that we have when we move our face. They eventually turn into static wrinkles – costing more money and time to fix. The theory is, if we treat dynamic wrinkles with Botox, the timeline to more complicated lines is lengthened by a great deal.

Botox is cheaper, has less complications and generally more tolerated than fillers. Although, fillers have their benefits, too.

I am totally down with owning my age. I have experience, life skills and knowledge that I would not have had any idea how to handle in my 20's. But I love the thought of keeping up with my best appearance for life – on my terms – including getting rid of my sideways mid brow line that was driving me crazy!

The other reason I will continue my Botox injections, is that I have a very (almost comically) expressive face. I often look more irritable and angry than I actually am. I have often found myself misunderstood by an over expressive frown, and since getting Botox, my expressions have softened. Even my husband remarked on it, and I feel that in tense situations I seem more approachable.

xo, Kris