A Botox ad says it “removes deep, persistent wrinkles on the face by relaxing muscles that cause the skin to crease.” Personally, I’d like to remove the crow’s feet and parentheses around the mouth, not to mention railroad tracks between the eyebrows. But then I learned 5 sobering secrets about Botox.
1. It disables forehead muscles and limits natural expression.
Consider actors who use it. Doesn’t Botox limit their dramatic work—their portrayals of anger, sorrow, surprise, regret, disappointment? If we use Botox, we’ll also sacrifice some non-verbal cues. Yet, a new Botox ad claims, “It’s all about freedom of expression.”
2. It requires time and money.
Let’s say we try it anyway. According to my aesthetician friend, the Botox effect wears off within two to three months and has to be injected again and again to keep the skin unwrinkled.
3. It can relax non-targeted muscles.
Getting Botox means taking the risk it might cause other muscles such as eyebrows or eyelids to sag.
4. It eradicates signs of our individuality.
Botox faces look artificially smooth. Natural faces reveal unique life experiences. Thinking, problem-solving, puzzling—these pursuits tug our facial muscles into patterns which become ingrained and part of who we are.
5. It conditions us to accept high tech “fixes” that may ultimately hurt us.
When science comes up with a pill or a computer chip that will preserve or restore youth, will we buy into that, too?
Dorian Gray did.
How sad it is!” he said. “I shall grow old, and horrible, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It will never be older than this particular day of June… If it were only the other way! If it were I who was to be always young, and the picture that was to grow old! For that-for that-I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give! I would give my soul for that!”*
Note: I’m blogging about ageing and anti-ageing issues because I’m writing a novel that explores these themes.