That's What She Said - Botox Or Bollocks?

That's What She Said

Two things that we are always told not to discuss at parties: Religion. Politics. The big ones! I am going to go out on a limb and add cosmetic injections to that list. Do not say BOTOX at a party unless you are prepared to put on a set of boxing gloves and a mouth guard. People either support them or are really strongly against them. I must say I used to be strongly against them. I’m not sure why? I guess I just thought “Why would someone knowingly inject botulism into their face?” I also thought people with Botox ended up with frozen, non-expressive faces. Over time these injections have become so common place (the shopping centre next to my office literally has 3 places that I know of that do them!) and more information is out there about how they are doing things and what they are doing it with. I also discovered that a few of my friends and family members have been getting them for years and I didn’t even realise! (I was actually starting to believe I knew an awful lot of fem-bots/vampires). My new found acceptance actually lead me to this startling conclusion: Any form of body modification, is up to the body that is wanting to be modified. Shocking right?!? In a nutshell, you should never tell somebody what they do and do not need/want. This conclusion has made me ask people their opinions on cosmetic injections and I would go as far as saying that around 80% of the people I have asked have been sternly against them. I’m intrigued as to why? Is it because they think you must age gracefully? Are they afraid of the possible side effects? A fear of needles? What I have found is the main answer is this: Getting cosmetic injections is an act of vanity. In fact most people won’t even say anything beyond that. Conversation over. If you want to prevent or correct signs of aging you are shallow for wanting to do so. It can’t be this cut and dry though because we have been willingly colouring our hair to cover greys for decades. Let’s face it, colouring your hair comes with as many possible risks and pretty frightening potential side effects, but it’s socially acceptable to do it without question. Why in this world where so much can be done to prevent the appearance of aging and alter our appearance, do some people look down on people that have cosmetic injections? Is it just a matter of time before these injections become routine?

I have brought up the fact that we are told to love ourselves in several other blogs but it seems that loving ourselves to some people means that you should only love yourself the way you are. I get that. I think it would be amazing if we lived in a world where we could accept ourselves (and others) just the way we are but I also think that if somebody has something about themselves that they would like to change they should be free to do so without fear to judgement. Like anything, cosmetic injections do come with risks and you should 100% do your research and make sure whatever you are looking at doing is safe and right for you. You should also make sure the person you are going to is qualified (that’s a big one). All procedures should have an initial consultation process where they explain the entire procedure including what they will be injecting.

I myself have never had any sort of cosmetic injection but in recent months I have become more intrigued by the idea of getting them. I am happy with the way I look but like everyone there are little things I wouldn’t say no to improving. My husband does not support my new found interest, mainly because he thinks I’m cute as a button the way I am but also, I think, because of the potential cost of maintaining any “improvements”. Fair call. I have always been a makeup girl and up until a few weeks ago I had hair extensions which I maintained for 10 years! I also have eyelash extensions and colour my hair regularly. All of these things alter the way I look and come with hefty price tags. What is it about cosmetic enhancement that make people, including my husband, so uncomfortable?

Over the coming weeks I will be working on a vlog and really looking into the world of cosmetic injectables. I will be talking to people that have them, talking to people that want them and potentially even talking to people that do them. Obviously my research isn’t the end of the story so please, if you are thinking of having anything done yourself, do some research of your own. I just really want to take some of the negativity away from what people see as “unnecessary” and make people more accepting of other people’s choices.

 

Kimi is a Makeup Artist of 13 years and started a beauty YouTube channel 18 months ago because she was passionate about helping people with their makeup struggles. In her blog series "That's What She Said", Kimi will be exploring the world of beauty and talking to people about all aspects of the beauty community in order to remove stigma and dispel myths about the industry in a 100 per cent positive way.


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