“Why do you get injections? You don’t need them.”
I hear this question frequently regarding the Botox and lip filler treatments I receive. I completely agree that I don’t need them, but I like them, and that’s really all that matters! Ever since I became interested in piercings and tattoos at the age of 18, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with enhancing my appearance in different ways. Pierced nostrils, tiny tattoos, pastel-colored hair, plumped lips…To most people, these things sound completely unrelated. To me, they are all harmless ways of boosting my confidence and expressing myself.
Getting injections or other procedures is nothing to be embarrassed about. I think the shame people often feel about them is very unfortunate. I believe that the reason for it is two-fold: First, there is a stigma surrounding these treatments. Society tell us that women who get them are shallow, self-obsessed, and dissatisfied with their appearance. It tells us that we are conforming to what the media says is the ideal way to look. Of course most women who plump their lips with Juvederm or relax their forehead with Botox find that trendy, sexy look appealing. However, we are no more conformists than anyone who dyes their hair wigs or dresses in fashionable clothing.
Secondly, women avoid being open about these procedures because they want others to believe that their beauty is natural. However, by considering these treatments a dirty secret that needs to be hidden, they are enforcing society’s unhealthy standard of beauty. By hiding enhancements you receive, you place yourself on an unreachable pedestal alongside airbrushed models and Kardashian look-a-likes.
What it really comes down to is doing whatever with your body that makes you happy. If you are truly doing it for yourself and no one else, you’ll feel no shame in standing up to the stigma, stepping off that pedestal, and empowering other women!
Curious what the process of receiving Botox and Juvederm looks like? Check out this video of me having them done at Rejuvenate Medical Spa here in Encino! I’ve skipped around to quite a few medi spas in LA, but Rejuvenate is my absolute favorite right now. They are by far the most meticulous and gentle of anywhere I have been to. As you can see from this photoshoot, my forehead is wrinkle-free, my brows are lifted, and my lips are looking plump but natural. I couldn’t be happier with my results.
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