What’s the first thought that comes to mind when you think of Botox? For me, it’s totally cosmetic. I think of a lovely, wrinkle-free forehead that is smooth as a baby’s bum. A forehead that defies age, stress, kids, anxiety and all the other stuff that helps those little lines have their way with your face.
I have never had Botox, but as an almost 39-year-old woman, I can’t yet say whether I’d rule it out in the future. The more I look at my face, the more I see those fine lines aren’t actually so fine anymore; they’re getting deeper and more prominent every day. I’m torn between the idea of just owning those wrinkles and ageing ‘gracefully’ and getting a bit of an iron-out to make me look more like the 2004 version of myself.
It’s not just the vain among us who can reap the benefits of the not-so-humble Botox though, it’s now used for so many medical conditions I had NO idea about. Monty has had her head injected with it to try and reduce the severity and frequency of her chronic migraines. It can also be used to assist with the reduction of excessive sweating (via a jab right into the sweat glands. Ouch), urinary incontinence, muscle spasms related to conditions such as MS, a treatment for Bell’s Palsy and to correct a ‘squint’, or cross-eyes. Oh my God, imagine Botox IN THE EYEBALLS.
Apparently, it’s also useful for your vag. Say what? Yep, vaginal Botox is a thing and for some women, a very useful thing.
I recently read an article about a woman who used vaginal Botox to help cure a painful vaginal condition similar to vaginismus, which made not only sex, but any vaginal penetration incredibly painful. This included using tampons.
Her condition took a massive toll on her both mentally and physically, and also affected her romantic relationships. In a bid to help ease her ongoing pain, Botox was injected into her pelvic floor muscles (eeeek!) to relax them in addition to the use of creams, dilators, tablets and physio, which have all helped in making sex less painful. Like cosmetic Botox, it’s also an ongoing thing with injections required six-monthly.
So whether it’s to ease the pain of a chronic condition, or just to make you feel a bit more confident in your own skin, Botox seems to have its place. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but for some, it’s a serious game-changer. Now if they could only find a way of getting it in without those injections….
Here, Monts and Yumi Stynes chat about Botox…
Has Botox helped you with a medical condition?
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