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Why Do Women Really Get Botox? Not Because They’re Trying to Look Younger

Liz Spikol at The Philly Post recently wrote a thought-provoking article on why women have Botox and other facial rejuvenation procedures. It’s not, as many might think, merely to look younger. In fact, Spikol says, women have Botox because they want to look familiar.

It all stems from the transition that women make in their forties. Until early middle age, Spikol says, women tend to look the same as they did during their college years. During this time of early adulthood, women come into their own as adults. They become accustomed to looking a certain way. As a result, this look of early adulthood becomes an important part of their identities.

Nowadays, women are especially aware of different aspects of their bodies, in part because of the proliferation of beauty magazines:

“A lot of women in this culture know their faces and hands and hip bones and knee caps and every other body part intimately, particularly if they believe those parts are flawed. When a magazine has special sections devoted to individual body types, face shapes or hair type, we women know exactly which pages to look at. ‘Oh, that’s me—combination skin!’”

When the signs of aging begin to appear in early middle age, they emerge as an affront to a woman’s sense of self understanding. The reflection that appears in the mirror looks unfamiliar and strange. For Spikol, the change came with lines on her face that appeared almost overnight, and gray streaks in her hair.

“Women who start to use Botox in their 40s aren’t doing it because they want to return to a younger life. No one who’s in her 40s wants to be in her 20s again, I assure you. They just want to look like the person they’ve seen in the mirror every morning for decades. The person who, bizarrely, is disappearing.”

More Than Cosmetic: 3 Unexpected Ways That Botox is Changing People’s Lives

The rise of Botox Cosmetic over the past 10 years looms large over the popular imagination. But many people don’t know that Botox has a much longer history. In fact, the most popular cosmetic procedure in the United States has its roots in important therapies for chronic conditions. Botox continues to be used for its astounding – and sometimes counterintuitive – benefits.

What makes Botox so useful for therapy? It’s made from botulinum toxin, which has the ability to inhibit nerve impulses at targeted sites. A Botox injection causes targeted muscles to relax. When applied to the face, this allows other muscles to stretch, which erases the appearance of wrinkles. As a result, Botox has helped millions as a non-surgical alternative to facelift. Doctors have taken advantage of this relaxing effect to help people with chronic conditions linked to muscles.

1. Muscle Spasms

For thousands of Americans, muscle spasms are a daily problem. They can be caused by stroke, brain injury, or other neurological problems. Muscles can spasm spontaneously, or remain clenched over long periods, which can be painful and debilitating. Due to its ability to relax targeted muscles, Botox is able to help in physical recovery and rehabilitation.

Despite the development of other drugs, Botox often remains the treatment of choice. A recent article in the UK Daily Mail profiled a young woman who had suffered a stroke at the age of 15. During her recovery, her right fist was continually clenched, which made it difficult for her to perform daily tasks. Doctors applied Botox so that she could finally relax her hand. Other muscle relaxants were considered, but would have had broader side effects throughout her body.

2. Teeth Grinding

This common habit often occurs at night, when people are sleeping. Over time, teeth grinding often results in cracked or worn-down teeth. ABC News reports that by relaxing certain jaw muscles, Botox is able to diminish – and sometimes even eliminate – teeth grinding.

3. Migraine Headaches

If you have ever experienced a migraine, you can understand the daily torture that chronic sufferers are forced to endure. These blinding headaches are sometimes caused by pressure on certain facial nerves. Research is shown that Botox, by relaxing certain muscles, can relieve pressure on these nerves. For a more permanent solution, many men and women have chosen brow lift surgery, which can also cure certain types of migraines.

Eyebrow Fashion: Arches are Out, Straight Brows are In

The arches have fallen! But it’s not a case for a podiatrist – it’s a continuing trend that may redefine how we understand our eyebrows. According to a recent report in Clinical Plastic Surgery, it seems that the fashionability of arched eyebrows has been on a downward decline for 60 years.

Melissa Rudy, a columnist on RealSelf.com, argues this trend can already be seen in the younger generation of female celebrities. You don’t have to look any farther than Emma Watson, Camilla Belle, and Anne Hathaway – fashion-forward starlets with full, expressive eyebrows. They defy the conventions of razor-thin brows that were more popular in previous generations.

At least one plastic surgeon, interviewed by the UK Independent, chalks these changes up to broader social trends:

“Upward curvature of the eyebrows was considered to be an attractive feminine feature in the past. We are finding that more and more women are looking for a flatter, straighter, more masculine look. I think it has to do with the increasing equality of the sexes. Women are subconsciously favouring a masculine brow.

— Mark Soldin, MD

To achieve this fashionable “lowbrow look,” many women are considering cosmetic procedures that can straighten their eyebrows. Since plastic surgeons have traditionally used the brow lift (and similar surgeries) to move the eyebrows in the other direction, many surgeons will probably need to adapt their techniques to match this increasingly popular style.

But there are other techniques that can work just as well. Hair transplants, as Rudy points out, can be used to enhance the appearance of thinned eyebrows. Botox can be used to reduce eyebrow arches by targeting specific facial muscles.

Of course, it also bears mentioning that the study – which was based on an analysis of Western print media between 1945 and 2011 – measures general trends over time. You’ll want to consider your own facial structure before applying these study results to your own appearance.

8 Popular Alternatives to the Facelift

Many of my new patients are uncertain whether facelift surgery can really help them. In fact, facelift surgery can only treat 2 out of 4 major signs of facial aging – sagging skin and wrinkles. The other two major signs of aging – uneven skin texture and pigmentation, and loss of volume –are left virtually untouched after a facelift.

There are many different facial rejuvenation procedures. Some provide the lifting benefits of a facelift to a more localized part of the face. Others treat signs of aging that cannot be resolved through a facelift. This post will break down some of the different treatments that we offer at the Beautologie Cosmetic Surgery & Medical Aesthetics – so that you can think beyond the facelift.

Sagging skin. The brow lift and eyelid surgery can treat sagging skin and wrinkles on your forehead and around your eyes. Unlike the facelift, these surgeries are focused on one particular part of the face. For less severe cases of loose skin, the Aluma Skin Tightening System is an advanced laser treatment that can provide smoother, firmer skin.

Uneven skin texture and pigmentation. These common signs of aging are often caused by UV radiation over many years. For smoother skin and even tones, sometimes little more than a surface treatment is needed. Skin resurfacing and IPL photofacial are both ideal treatments for sun damage.

Lines and wrinkles. The brow lift, eyelid surgery, and Aluma technique are all well-suited to treating lines wrinkle. However, there are also countless nonsurgical treatments for treating facial wrinkles. These include the injectable products Botox and Restylane.

Adding volume and definition. As we age, we tend to lose volume in our face, which can make us appear gaunt or pinched. Facial fat grafting is one popular method of naturally restoring volume to the face. By adding your own natural body fat to your lips, cheeks, or other facial features, you can regain the appearance of vitality without the need for a facelift.

Some Bacteria are Good for your Skin, Says UK Daily Mail

Good skin care and antibacterial soap may not mix.Do you use antibacterial soap on your face? While washing your face is an important part of your skin care routine, you may want to reconsider the use of bacteria-killing soaps. According to a recent article in the UK Daily Mail, there are many types of good bacteria in our skin that are being eliminated by these soaps.

What are the benefits of these good bacteria?

– they help our immune system

– they fight wrinkles, sagging, and pigmentation by preserving your skin’s natural beauty

– they maintain moisture and fight bad bacteria that cause redness, sensitivity, and other skin infections that can leave lasting scars

– they help to build collagen within your skin

As a result, many skincare companies have begun to research and offer products that promote beneficial bacteria.

What does this mean for you?

First of all, it means that if you are using an antibacterial soap for your face, it might be time to take it out of the washroom and put it next to the kitchen sink – so that you can sanitize your hands before and after handling food.

It also means that skincare can be more complicated than you might think. There is no such thing as one product or technique that works for everybody. That’s why it’s important to speak with skin professionals who can determine the best routine for your skin. At Beautologie, we offer a variety of skincare products, which we are happy to provide after a consultation – to find the products and routines that are best for your individual skin.

We are also pleased to help treat existing signs of aging with a variety of rejuvenating therapies. This ranges from minimally invasive techniques – such as laser skin resurfacing and Botox – to surgeries such as fat injection and facelift.