Commentary on "Botox: an 'elixir of youth'?"

Commentary on "Botox: an 'elixir of youth'?" Eur J Plast Surg (2003) 26:275 DOI 10.1007/s00238-003-0529-2 INVITED COMMENTAR Y B. Beal Published online: 13 June 2003 © Springer-Verlag 2003 I read with interest the letter to the editor which suggests ceiving the injections, the procedure is short and rela- that botox may cause negative psychological benefits tively uncomplicated, and the side effects are minimal. that result in “a preoccupation to become eternally The fact that botox does exactly what it is supposed to youthful” and in developing a “Dorian Gray syndrome”. do—make one look better, not necessarily younger, but Firstly, one could argue the point that every cosmetic better—is the reason that it has been embraced by thou- procedure may have these negative consequences, result- sands of persons. It appears that rather than causing anx- ing in an obsession to stave off the ageing process. iety, it decreases anxiety. Botox has emerged over the past decade as one of the Secondly, it affords most persons the opportunity to most popular methods of fighting the signs of ageing, for feel good about themselves because they can stave off practical reasons: results occur within several days of re- the inevitable: ageing in a society obsessed with looking good. Looking better makes a person feel better, it is as simple as that. The longer that a person uses botox, the This invited commentary refers to the letter available at: better and longer the effect seems to be, due to a phe- nomenon termed “muscle memory”. The public under- stands that it is not a cure-all, but welcomes its benefits. B. Beal ( ) Let us not concentrate on the negative, but embrace the Southfield, USA e-mail: positive. European Journal of Plastic Surgery Springer Journals

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