Monday, December 5, 2011

Botox Anyone?

I was having a conversation with some women not too long ago about Botox and cosmetic surgery.  Being almost 50, we all have things that we wish were more like they were when we were 20.

But I stated that I would never had plastic surgery, and doubted that I would ever use Botox.  First of all, I'm not the healthiest person on earth so I would avoid any kind of unecessary medical procedure, and second, needles just make me more than a little queasy.  I don't even want to go to the dentist.

I also think I've seen enough plastic surgery mistakes that I would be too afraid.  And many people end up getting the same type of look.  I don't know if it's that very big puffy lip thing that makes many look alike--but I'm not sure I like it.  Most of the time people still look the age they actually are, just smoother and tighter.  And I don't want to look like everyone.  I have also seen people look less wrinkled, have wider-looking eyes, and less of a double chin after plastic surgery.

Yes I have wrinkles and crows feet, and my neck isn't perfectly tight anymore, but this is the way I look, and there is something graceful and wonderful about how we age.  We have earned every one of our lines, and I think there is something sad about taking that away.

There is also some part of me that wonders at what age can we stop worrying about gaining five pounds, and just RELAX.  I don't think people look at us and think--yikes--she needs Botox!  And if they do I don't want to hang around with them anyway...

Like I said, I've seem good and bad plastic surgeries, and everyone will make their own choices.  But for me...I choose no.


  1. You are so! I earned every single bit of character the hard why would I try to erase it?

  2. Good for you, Penelope. I applaud your post.

    My wife had a mole removed from her nose. I will never forget the sight of her, coming back to her room with a fearful look on her face. "What have I done?" she asked herself. She hurt so bad. Thankfully, everything worked out.

    I just don't think it's worth it. Besides, there's something sexy about a woman that only time and experience and age can give.


  3. Good for you Ashley!
    And thanks Red :)

  4. Jimmy-
    Thank you from me! And glad your wife is fine :)
    And thanks from all the women too--your wife is gifted with a special guy!

  5. I'm sure no one considers cosmetic surgery until a certain age...We do everything we can to delay the signs of aging: healthy diets, exercises and we are surprised when all this is in for nothing and the first forehead lines make their appearance.
    I had botox in Toronto right after I turned 45, because I was sick of those lines on my forehead...
    Now after two years of using botox I got used to it because something that makes you look younger will always be on your taste.

  6. I have several friends who swear by it. Does it hurt?


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