Botox has been around for years, first medicinally to help those with muscles that have gone into spasm and can’t be released, and then for those who want to weaken muscles that cause wrinkles in the face through repetitive experessions. Like laughter lines, crows feet, 11’s (those vertical lines between the eyebrows) and forehead lines (the corrugator muscle).
And it works! Of course it does! But Botox has decided drawbacks, and for me, an outright fail.
Years ago, I needed an operation to break and reset my jaw, because of a TMJ problem. The Temperomandibular Joints are what allow the jaw to swing freely and lets you eat for food. Mine were damaged through faulty orthodontic work as a teenager, and never fully recovered even though I’d had several bouts of corrective treatment. So I went for elective surgery and had the jaw broken and reset. So far, so good.
But the dramatic shift in the position of my jaw meant that some of the muscles in my face were stretched, some compressed, and because the surgical changes were permament, I was unable to relax any of the muscles and get some respite. As a result, some of the muscles went into spasm, causing great pain and distorting the face, some pulling so tightly it looked as through someone had dug a groove in my face from under the right eye all the way down and across my cheek to the angle of my jaw. It looked, and felt, terrible. Nothing helped.
Except Botox. It relaxed the spasming muscles ok. But here is where it failed. Some people, and I’m one of them, get flu-like symptoms when they are injected with Botox, and again when it wears off. I’m one of these. And the “flu” lasted about a week. The Botox itself lasted around 3 months. So every 3 months, I had to endure 2 weeks of flu, and all the misery that followed.
It also failed when one of the injections went wrong. I needed 3 units of Botox in my right cheek to relax the spasming muscle. This dropped my face a bit. To match up my face, I needed 1 unit in the left side to marry it up. But on one occasion the skin on my left “blew” leaving me with a permanent blister-like deformity that I have still, years later.
As soon as I could, I stopped the Botox injections. I still get my right cheek muscle going into spasm sometimes, but it’s nowhere near as bad as it used to be. On balance, it’s not the right treatment for me. We are all individuals.
So Botox was my anti-aging fail. I’m not saying it will be for you, it might work brilliantly for you! But please do be aware of the potential pitfalls of any treatment you have and weight up carefully whether it’s the right thing for you. If you’d like to comment below, either on Botox or any anti-aging fails you’ve experienced yourself, please do !
All the best, and Happy Anti-Aging! Kay.