Friday, September 3, 2010

Dear Shopping Savage...

Dear Shopping Savage,

For the past few weeks I have been complaining to my friends about the increasing amount of wrinkles on my forehead and around my mouth and eyes. They have tried to convince me to look into getting botox but I'm not so sure. What do you think I should do?


Worried About Wrinkles


Dear W.A.W.,

Its no wonder your friends immediately defaulted to encouraging botox: we live in an age of technology and quick-fixes that even instant gratification seems like dial-up internet.

Having bared witness to the pro's and cons of botox, I would suggest you explore all of your options before going under the needle. You should look for an esthetician to help treat the wrinkles and ask their advice for skin care products that will aid the smoothing process over time for a more gradual and natural look.

But before starting any treatment you should take a picture of your face - hair pulled back, without makeup - and then once a month for six months after you've started a facial regimen to see if there is any change in your wrinkles or overall skin quality. If in six months you are still not satisfied with the results then it may be time to try botox.

However, I highly caution you to do your homework before undergoing what could potentially be a drastic change to your appearance. Ask a friend who's already undergone the procedure for the name of their doctor (or the one they wish they had gone to) and even then you should research said doctor's credentials - if nothing else make sure they're board certified - and overall reputation.

Even though its quite apparent that the art of aging gracefully lost its appeal to the allure of looking like a teenager when you're well past the days of getting carded, there's something to be said for those individuals who are proud to sport their wrinkles like a badge of honor. Getting rid of them means removing facial markers that tell the story of your life. Wrinkles, like beauty, are only skin deep and botox, as hard as it may be to hear, is not beauty in a bottle. It's more like a quick fix to a non-existent problem. And you know what they say: if it ain't broke, don't botox it.

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