Botox

I read this morning that people in the U.S. spend over $1B per year on Botox.  Wow.  One bank will even give you a loan for this all important procedure of injecting poison into your head to temporarily reduce your wrinkles.

I was getting a haircut once and a lady who was waiting recounted her most recent Botox experience:

  • Spending hundreds of dollars plus time to get the treatment
  • 3 days of painful headaches
  • Less than stellar results, in my opinion – her forehead was as smooth as glass but rather incongruous with the rest of her face

After all that she still gave no indication of stopping future treatments.  Weird and sad.

I know we can all spend money frivolously sometimes, but when in doubt I often think of the cost of sponsoring a child with a group like World Vision ($28/month).  The cost of a Botox treatment could feed, clothe and educate a child for a year, not to mention send her a message of hope and love.

11 thoughts on “Botox”

  1. It makes me so sad that things like this go on in this country – that we, as a country, are so shallow that we think we can and need to stop the aging process! Just as you said, there are so many more important things to think about and spend our money on.

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  2. One bank will even give you a loan for this all important procedure of injecting poison into your head…

    Who needs a bank loan? If you want to inject poison into your head, just watch TBN.

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  3. It isn’t surprising at all that we love youth and beauty so much in the US. After all, wasn’t it Ponce de Leon who was looking for the Fountain of Youth in Florida when he explored the area, as well as treasure? AS a society, we continue to look for this fountain of youth in medicine, cosmetics, and clothing. It is mere idolatry.
    The sad thing is… we pass it on so easily and quickly to our children. And if we do not, society will do it for us, especially if we do not “fit the mold” like the others.
    Isn’t it ironic as well that in our society, the vast amount of obese people and children and the health concerns that arise from it?

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  4. Gotta disagree. At a rather early age in my 30s I started getting the saggy skin and wrinkles of my mom’s side of the family. People kept saying “what’s the matter,” “what’s wrong?”, “you upset?” and so on, to the point I felt that it was actually an obstacle to ministry, not to mention my job. The Botox besides getting rid of the wrinkles, particularly getting rid of those scowl lines between the eyes, actually lifts the forehead opening up the eyes, reflecting a brightness, opening the eyes, instead of coming off cranky, mad, scowling, weary, etc (though one’s not feeling that way at all). So besides addressing the aesthetic side, and nothing’s wrong with that — especially for women, there’s the practical side.

    Not only does it not give headaches, Botox does the opposite and is actually used to prevent headaches, since it prevents muscle contractions. Feels great. Cost is a pain, but can be mitigated by prayerfully shifting money from elsewhere in the clothing/grooming budget and shopping around for best prices. It’s an investment that I think has actually brought me much greater return than cost on the job, in avocations and in ministry, thus actually enabling me to financially give more to ministries and social causes.

    It has no smell, much less a “reeking” smell.

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  5. You can always say that it’s better to feed a child than do a lot of things we do – go out to eat, have steak instead of chicken, etc., so I do think the “which is better” argument is a bit of a red herring.

    That said, I don’t think people should Botox themselves, even if they were paid to do it. Seriously. There is nothing wrong with getting older. IMHO, it’s the great equaliser. Everyone that has taken care of his or her body tends to look really good in old age – vibrant skin, laugh lines instead of frown lines, nice muscle tone – but the people who have spent years trashing their bodies will look like… they’ ve spent years trashing their bodies.

    Anyway… still not understanding why it’s important to look young. Sigh.

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  6. I’ve always been guessed as younger than I am. Though I often feel older than I am, most people think I’m youner, even with my own physical indicators (graying hair and beard, wrinkles, grunts when getting out of the car, etc). I definitely prefer looking younger to looking older, though I don’t go out of my way to “make” myself look younger. I’m more concerned with feeling younger or having a body that functions like a younger person’s. As Theo suggested, taking care of one’s self often results in a younger appearance lasting longer. Whether it’s important to look younger, I won’t say. There are advantages, though. Those, too, are usually superficial, but in the workforce, I can see how it would be beneficial.

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