Coming Out With It: My Opinion on Botox

The topic of aging has always been a taboo subject for me. I generally keep my opinions to myself as to not stir up any controversy or have Plastic Surgeons sending me hate mail. But I have been approached by several people in the last few weeks with skin care and aging questions that it’s high time that I ‘come out’ with my beliefs and opinions and be done with it.

I believe the process of aging is a beautiful one where the lines on our face, the grey hairs on our head, and the many ‘blemishes’ on our body are a testament of a life well-lived. To be so (falsely) preserved is like living a life with no seasons, no change, no wisdom gained. I DON’T BELIEVE IN INVASIVE SKIN CARE TREATMENTS LIKE BOTOX AND PLASTIC SURGERY.

Growing up I had a skin condition called Eczema. I went to a dermatologist who prescribed a topical cream to relieve the itching and irritation. I overused the cream to the point it destroyed skin and caused deep scarring on the back of my leg. I was 12-years-old and mortified to have such a huge imperfection at such a young age. I was embarrassed to wear a swimsuit and I wore clothes that would cover it up. After a couple years (in my teens) I had a realization that I could either let my imperfections control me and my self-esteem, or I could accept them as being a part of who I am. Now, when I see the sun spots on my face, I am reminded of my carefree youth in Los Angeles. When I see fine lines beneath my eyes I am reminded of all of the sleepless nights when Evan had colic (FOR A WHOLE YEAR!) and smile because he is so worth it. When I see my aging hands I think about the thousands of women I have serviced and am grateful to have had the ability to do so.  All of my ‘imperfections’ mark a time in my life that I am fond of and proud of.

With that said, before you think about invasive treatments like laser and botox, consider aging gracefully. I am not saying let yourself go completely. I am asking you to consider non-invasive solutions like customized facials and specialized skin care products. It might take more time and effort on your part, but what you’re doing for yourself is creating rituals of self-care (a.k.a, self-love). And even if you did decide to get a needle injected or go under the knife, you will still need to take care of your skin. There is no treatment that just stops the aging process.

I consulted with skin care expert, Maggie Miley about what facials are best for aging skin. This is what she had to say:

“I suggest working with a skin care professional who will put you on a plan and customize the service to address your specific need. Then it’s important to practice a consistent skin care regimen at home.”

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Maggie Miley of Complexions on Carter. Photo by Satori Photography.

In other words, a professional will know the treatment and products to use to help reverse aging and delay the process. This isn’t just a ploy to get people to spend their money at spas, there are clinical results that prove that a facial plan and skin care products really do work.

Here’s a quick snap shot of the a few of the treatments out there and what they can do for your skin:

MICRODERMABRASION- reduces the appearance of scars, fine lines and pigmentation – gives the skin more resistance to aging and stimulates the growth of collagen – leaves skin feeling smoother and gives the skin on the face a glow

PHOTO FACIAL- using intense pulsating light, it evens out skin tone (age spots), shrinks pores and treats rosacea

CHEMICAL PEELS- used to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin using a chemical solution that causes the dead skin to slough off and eventually peel off. You can choose between a variety of peels, depending on the skin concern you’d like to address

On a budget? Try Boots No 7 Protect and Perfect Intense Beauty Serum $25, found at Target and Ulta. Tried and tested, this anti-aging serum has been heavily and favorably reviewed.

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For more questions, visit MN Monthly “Best of” Winner, Maggie Miley at www.complexionsoncarter.com.

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