When (ever?) are girls’ and women’s appearances acceptable to the culture at large? I found this article at a fashion and beauty site for young women: What Is Preventative Botox?
Seriously, women in their twenties, and as young as 19, are requesting and receiving Botox injections to forestall those dreaded forehead lines and “crow’s feet” (aka “world ending”). Isn’t that the age of conventionally smooth, glowing skin? I had plenty of worries in my 20’s, but I am certain my “elevens” (the lines between your eyebrows that develop around your 40’s) were not among them. School, money, career, relationships, housing, travel and sex. That accounts for most of what I worried about in that eventful decade.
The article explains:
If you watch enough Bravo reality shows or wait for a table at enough popular brunch spots, you’re bound to hear twentysomethings make mention of “preventative botox.” The procedure entails getting botox (a popular brand name of the drug Botulinum toxin type A) injections before wrinkles have formed on your face to prevent them from forming, versus trying to correct them later.
And goes on to warn of the cost of maintaining your botulism habit:
Like what you see? Get ready to shell out more dough just a few months from now… and a few months after that, for as long as you want your results to be maintained. So, the question is: Is potentially being forever wrinkle-free worth getting needles stuck in your face a few times a year for the next several decades?
And then adds this creepy caveat: “For anyone under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian would have to consent, unless the youth is emancipated and doesn’t legally require adult consent.”
More scary material: medical professionals (cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists?) are backing up the practice with enthusiasm.
In late 2013, the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Dermatology sector published an opinion article by two Massachusetts-based skincare physicians claiming it was “rarely too early” to begin getting injections, fillers, and other noninvasive treatments . . . . However, “We’re not advocating treating infants, children and people in their teens,” co-author of the piece Dr. Kenneth Arndt tells TODAY. [emphasis mine].
I make no judgements about cosmetic procedures any grown woman wants to undertake. We’re free to decide. As I have said before, I’ve had my teeth straightened and whitened, colored my hair for decades, use Retin-A, and had some Botox shots in my 50’s.
As I have entered my 60’s I believe, for me, less intervention is more. And more important, I am fighting the belief that physical beauty is what we bring to the party, a fleeting and ephemeral asset. Or that physical beauty in youth is superior to the beauty we have as mature women. Or that we need to spend thousands of dollars and hours of pain to chase after what is past. This does not rule out fab fashion, of course, great shoes, or lipstick (I am addicted), for any woman of any age.
What say you? “Preventative botox” for you or your daughters?
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