Young women are injecting themselves with Botox before their baby fat is fully gone. And It's not just celebrities that feel pressure to preemptively prepare for wrinkles, ABC reports: Botox usage is up 10 percent among 20 to 29-year-olds in the past year. Thermage — a "hot radio frequency treatment" (what??) that is apparently all the rage in Hollywood, is also popular, although it can cost up to $25,000 for a full body treatment. Single Botox injections are a "cheaper" option, since they start around $280. But, for many women, once you pop it's hard to stop.
Dermatologist Dr. Debra Jaiman, who might be a bit evil, recommends that young women "start early" in her new book, Skin Rules. (ABC conveniently links to her website, in case you're frantically searching your surely gross, wrinkly face for lines right now.) "If you know you're somebody who's going in the direction of cosmetics and you know that you're going to care about lines, then I say it's better to do it earlier than to wait and do it once these lines have etched into the skin," she told ABC. "So if you're in your 20s and you start to see lines coming, then why not do it early and prevent it? And to me it's just like exercise." Just like exercise, you guys! If only I could inject a $250 spinning class into my forehead.
Jaliman also offers "less costly, basic advice" for young women worried about aging. If you've ever read a women's magazine or spent time on this planet in general you'll be able to say it with me: get enough sleep, eat right, stay out of the sun. "I can't tell you all the people who come to me to correct problems they wouldn't have had if they followed those simple rules," Jaliman said, probably cackling like the Evil Queen from Snow White. "They would save thousands of dollars if they did those simple things." But thankfully, they didn't, because now they're giving her their money to make up for their sins!
Then there are the requisite quotes from women "with no overt need for any boosting or filling" who felt pressure to boost and fill anyway. One of Jaliman's patients, a 31-year-old new mother and aspiring actress, dabbled in thermage after auditioning for the perfect-sounding role of a young mother with a group of women who looked like teenagers. Another woman in her 20s just wanted that "extra perk" and to look "sparklier" for her wedding, but was so thrilled with the results that she now gets Botox on the regular. "I'm not going to look like I'm 25 years old, but if I'm 35 and I can look 30, or if I'm 45 I can look 40, I think that's worth something," she said.
I've always been conflicted about Botox and other similar treatments. Granted, I'm a 24-year-old who looks young — I got carded for an R-rated movie last weekend — and my older female family members tell me I'll feel differently about "aging gracefully" in a decade or so. From my current perspective, aging is inevitable, and I despise the increasing pressure on women (and men) to spend tons of money on defying the clock. But who am I to say these women shouldn't feel "sparklier" if they can afford it and it makes them happy? BRB, putting on sunscreen.
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