To B…otox or not to B…otox

I’ve had quite a bit of dental work done in the last couple of years. I went through my brace-face stage for eight months to straighten up the top teeth, have been wearing a retainer religiously every night since the brace came off and got a few amalgam fillings replaced with white speckled ones (they are much nicer to look at than the silvery black ones apparently, although the only person looking into my mouth is my dentist!). I have been very good at keeping my six month appointments and I can honestly say that I like to going to the dentist, just as much as I like getting my hair done. I have never had a fear of going to the dentist and I guess that is half the battle.

Anyway, on one of my many visits to my dentist I discovered that he also provides Botox and more recently lip fillers. So at my latest appointment I decided to brave it and ask about the Botox. Now I have to admit that I was one of those people (in my twenties) who always said I would grow old gracefully – but as a naïve twenty-something year old I didn’t have the lines that I have now and let’s be honest we all say stupid things when we are young and wrinkle free…

So I pointed out the vertical line, that is really bothering me lately, just above the inside of my left eye. The line that has gotten a little bit deeper over recent times, and makes me look like I’m cross all the time, but just on the left side of my face. Low and behold, yes, the Botox would decrease the severity of the line and after a few treatments would practically become invisible.   A few treatments!! In my mind I’m trying to add up how much this ‘cross face line’ will cost me…. a pretty penny by all accounts. He could also treat the little lines around my eyes which would give me a ‘fresh and vibrant’ look.   Um, I was trying to ignore the little lines around my eyes but now that he mentioned it – yes, they are there and now I can’t stop looking at them.

I’ve been trying to weigh up the pros and cons of getting Botox treatment. I have been thinking about it all day. One thought that came to me was agreeing to have this stuff pumped in to my face, but then on the other hand I have a bloody metal plate and screws stuffed into my leg to keep my ankle together. I’ve had anesthetics pumped into me, not to mention morphine and that laughing gas they give you in A&E to take the edge off the pain, more x-rays than I can count – I surely must be radioactive at this stage!! And as you all know I don’t believe in suffering like a martyr and therefore am no stranger to the odd painkiller. I really can’t give the cons much weight here, I’m all for Botox.

I’ll let you know how it goes!!


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