Looking good seems to be an obsession in culture nowadays. Many will go so far as seeking medical procedures such as getting a botox in an effort to be more “beautiful.”
Botox injections are noted primarily for the ability to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles. They’re also used to treat conditions such as neck spasms (cervical dystonia), excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), an overactive bladder, and lazy eye. Botox injections may also help prevent chronic migraines.
Botox injections use a toxin called onobotulinumtoxinA to temporarily prevent a muscle from moving. This toxin is produced by the microbe that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning.
Botox was the first drug to use botulinum toxin. Other products now include abobotulinumtoxinA (Dysport), rimabotulinumtoxinB (Myobloc), and incobotulinumtoxinA (Xeomin). Each is a little different, particularly when it comes to dosage units, so they aren’t interchangeable. Learn more here.
I will leave it up to you whether a botox will make you beautiful. But getting a botox can often go wrong – see the feature photo and the story in detail here. A British woman who made the mistake of drinking alcohol just hours after getting lip fillers was shocked when her face became horrifically swollen.
Still, there are others are issues relative to a botox procedure. The FDA has come out and said people who get a certain procedure should be aware they could have some unwanted side-effects with a COVID vaccine. There have been reports of people with dermal fillers, like those who get Botox, experiencing facial or lip swelling after receiving the Moderna COVID vaccinations – learn more here.
The pandemic drastically reduced the number of people getting cosmetic skin treatments. But the rollout of the COVID vaccines and a larger, younger crowd willing to try Botox injections have led to swelling demand in dermatology offices and medical spas.
- Patients getting Botox are now younger on average. “And by younger, I mean closer to 40 versus 50.”
- Influencers promoting Botox and other cosmetic procedures on TikTok and Instagram and new Botox ads also have attracted and retained more people.
U.S. sales of Botox — just the cosmetic version that is used to smooth out facial wrinkles and not the version that is used to treat conditions like migraines and neck spasms — surpassed $1 billion in the first nine months of 2021, compared with $600 million in the first nine months of 2020. See the sales trend in the chart below and learn more here.
The above tried to explain the marketing and financial aspects of why more botox procedures are being done on a trend basis today. For sure, botox procedures during the height of the initial Covid lockdowns had caused a dip in demand. Afterward, the pent-up demand has exploded to push the demand to new higher levels. However, are there some cultural aspects that are also at play?
The dehumanization of Covid restrictions has caused many people to rethink who they are. Looking good in a material world, where reduced human interactions is the state of play today. Perhaps, often driven by Social Media – getting the clicks on Instagram. All this is fertile grown for enterprising botox marketers.
Perhaps this chart is just another example of a deteriorating moral society focused on the self. Looking good is everything. Who you are inside matters little – assuming you do not say the wrong thing in our “cancel culture” world. There is really only one word to describe this – vanity. Vanity is the pride of inflating oneself or one’s appearance – conceit, something that is vain, empty, or valueless. Is this too harsh of criticism?
Is getting a botox procedure a good idea and potentially in your future?
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