Is Botox worth it? We shake our heads at the aging celebrities who think it is, yet the procedure seems less ridiculous the older we get. When you’re confronted with wrinkles and droopy skin in the mirror every day, plastic surgery doesn’t seem all that bad. So how do you know what to do? Cosmetic surgeries and Botox injections have been around for years and there are hundreds of success stories. It isn’t unusual for the procedure to have a positive lasting effect that takes years off an old, tired face. Then again, there’s an awful lot of controversial stories out there too… Stressing over the answer will only add wrinkles to your face, so relax. Whether you’re considering plastic surgery for a youthful transformation or simply curious about the side effect of Botox, here are the things to consider before you make any big decisions.
If you were expecting an easy answer to this question, my apologies. The price of Botox is determined by a few different factors and it can vary depending on how your provider is charging you. Most surgeons charge by the unit or ‘per area of Botox.’ Some will quote you a price ‘per area of the face’, but this is usually a scam. Charging by area of the face allows providers to charge lump sums without tying down their prices to measurable units. A typical Botox injection charged ‘per area of Botox’ will cost you anywhere from $300 to $700. Since this pricing scheme is priced per unit, your doctor should be able to give you an accurate estimate based on the area you want injected and the wrinkles you want adjusted. Remember, you get what you pay for with Botox. A Botox treatment will only be worth it if you have the money to pay for a good procedure. Otherwise you’re going to end up with a lumpy face and deflated checkbook.
A Botox injection takes only minutes and doesn’t require anesthesia. Your doctor or surgeon will simply inject specific areas with Botox to block signals from traveling between your nerves and your muscles. With no nerve signals to tell them to release and contract, your muscles will relax and soften. Basically, a Botox injection for wrinkles is a tranquilizer for your aging skin. It releases the natural tensions that cause wrinkles and crow’s feet and makes your skin look loose and unresponsive. The key to good plastic surgery is the doctor. This is where your money will pay off. If you pay for a skilled surgeon with favorable reviews, your Botox injection will take less than an hour and you’ll be good as new in a week or two. From a procedural standpoint, Botox is totally worth it. If you have a good physician the process is simple, painless, and usually effective.
People recite the merits of plastic surgery all the time. It’s one of the easiest cures for crow’s feet. You can take decades off your face with just a few minor injections. The big question is whether the benefits of this treatment outweigh the negative side effects. Botox side effects can be extreme. Patients have reported symptoms like blurred vision and hyper-sensitivity to cold temperatures within hours of having the treatment done. The most intense reactions to Botox are usually allergic reactions to the materials injected into the face. Botox is a neurotoxin. You may not feel any symptoms, but any treatment involves inserting a little poison underneath your skin.
Sometimes, the symptoms are a reaction to how the Botox was injected into the muscle or the change in pressure that occurs once the muscles loosen up. You need to walk into your appointment fully informed of any allergy risks and other potential side effects of treatment. If your doctor keeps smiling at your questions telling you everything will be perfectly fine, get suspicious. The most common Botox side effect is a headache, but headaches are far from the only thing that can go wrong. Don’t forget the classic plastic surgery side effect either. When your muscles are loose and unresponsive, they can’t make the same charming expressions. You tell me… Is Botox worth the sadness of an artificial face?
HOW LONG DOES BOTOX LAST?
Best case scenario, the injection you paid $400 for will keep your face muscles calm and wrinkle-free for six months. It may only last for three. That’s how the doctors and plastic surgeons make all their money. Once you’ve spent three months in ageless bliss, you get hungry for three more months, and three more months after that. Botox is an endless cycle. You need to enter the world of plastic surgery knowing it will be difficult to leave. What good are three months of wrinkleless skin in the grand scheme of things? Plastic surgery is only really worth it if you can afford to maintain your new look. If you can’t, why spend that sort of money on a temporary solution?
DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH
I can go on and on breaking down the pros and cons of cosmetic surgery, but the final authority on whether Botox is worth it for you is you. Use this list as a jump-off point for your own Botox investigation. And if you ever find yourself on the verge of throwing caution to the wind, google Donatella Versace.
— Julie Grossman