Written by: Kim Campbell, Manager of Victory Medical Spa in Rhode Island.
I still remember that day. I was 28 years old and caught a glimpse of myself in the car rear view mirror. I saw something I had never noticed before. There were now these lines around my eyes and a crease between my eyebrows. I had heard about something called Botox that got rid of wrinkles but this was 1997, and I did not know much about it. So I was on my quest to find that miracle skin cream that was going to save me from the aging process.
Fast forward a decade, with staying out of the sun, eating a healthy diet, exercising, drinking lots of water and trying every skin cream imaginable with claims of ‘Botox like’ effects, and my face was no doubt looking older and I did not like it. There I said it…“I do NOT like looking old.” I am not a vain person but when I looked in the mirror I didn’t like what I saw and it was affecting my self-esteem. Still not knowing all that much about Botox, I took the plunge and finally did it.
Fast forward yet another decade, and I have not looked back. I couldn’t be happier with the results and the fact that keeping up with my Botox injections has dramatically slowed down the aging of my face. You see when you can’t move those muscles as much that create those dynamic wrinkles in the first place, the lines don’t get deeper over time as they will in someone who does not use Botox.
Botox has restored my self-confidence in a way that no amount of therapy could ever do. This may sound pathetic to some and I am sure I will catch some negative feedback for writing this but I know many of you know exactly what I am talking about. I envy those who are perfectly content with aging gracefully, but that is not me. For the rest of us, there is no shame in wanting to put your best face forward every day. We dye our hair to hide the grays, wear make-up to look pretty and buy skin creams hoping they can do what Botox does. This is not vanity. This is human nature. If you feel good about yourself on the outside you often feel good on the inside too, which carries over to all aspects of your life. I am not delusional, I know I can never look 25 again but if I can stall or abate the aging process then why the heck not?
Botox, along with a healthy lifestyle has made me less intimidated and scared of the aging process. I still can’t believe I will be 47 soon and often get mistaken for being younger. But I am no longer ashamed when people ask me what my secret is. I tell them straight out, “I get Botox” Which they often reply with “But you don’t need Botox”. “That’s the point” I smile and say.
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