Shooting up instant beauty

By Jackie Panera

Whatever happened to the good old days when heavy drinking and dancing constituted a girls’ night out? Going out with the girls to get shit-faced has taken on a whole new meaning, as shots of tequila are being phased out and replaced with shots of Botox.

How would you like to spend your Saturday night paralyzing some facial muscles with a group of your closest friends? If this sounds like fun to you, maybe you should consider hosting a Botox party.

Botox parties are the Tupperware social gatherings of the new millennium. Now you can sip wine, have some hors d’oeuvres and work on smoothing out your face all in the same night. If you happen to be stressed out because of work or school, there is no excuse to look like it, because any lines on your face that have been formed by smiling, frowning, or squinting can now be eliminated.

Facial character can be removed with the injection of Botulinum Toxin Type A, commonly referred to as Botox. If this toxin sounds familiar to you, it should, because it is the same toxin that causes botulism–deadly food poisoning. However, Botox is safe when it is injected in small doses to paralyze facial muscles that cause unwanted lines. This fountain of youth isn’t just for the old, and it isn’t just for females. In fact, this procedure is extended to males and females aged 18-65.

According to Remington Laser Dermatology Centre, Botox is quickly becoming the number one cosmetic procedure in North America. Botox parties are seen as a sketchy social practice by some medical practitioners, because of the uncontrolled medical setting and the possible involvement of alcohol. However, people who want to smooth out their unwanted wrinkles see these parties as a great way to save on the price of an individual Botox treatment which can cost from $300-$500 per session. To maintain the smooth, wrinkle-free complexion, Botox injections need to be done every three or four months. Hosting a Botox party seems to be the more economical choice, because the Botox discount rate is quite substantial when done in large groups. However, make sure the person (who should be a doctor) is careful when they are administering the procedure. If they get too close to the eyelid some drooping might occur, and you may end up looking like you should be starring in the Adams Family sequel.

You wear your face every day, and if you don’t feel confident with the way you look, you won’t be happy. However, Botox cosmetics are the baby steps to having permanent plastic surgery. Why do people want to have a sterile expression on their face? People should be proud of their laugh lines and embrace the fact that they have lived. The concept of aging beautifully is obsolete. Nobody wants to age at all anymore, they want to be forever 21.

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