Botox - For Your Kids

Author: Jennifer Jacobsen, R.N.

No, no. Not for your kids, but perhaps for improved interactions with your children…

I recently gave a dear friend her first Botox®Cosmetic treatment. Roughly a week later at a gathering she remarked that she “didn’t know how badly she needed Botox until she had gotten it.” She went on to say, “except now I can’t make (her husband’s name) feel badly about himself anymore.” As we processed this and began to laugh, we hypothesized that perhaps the fact that she could no longer glower disapprovingly at her husband was a good thing. Aesthetic benefit and improved interactions with adults had certainly occurred to me before, but the effect of less glowering on interactions with children had not. This was until recently, in just the last ten days or so, when two women on separate interactions with Julie (one of our lovely and immensely talented spa coordinators) during check-out commented on this. The first, a mother of two younger children, said that her children were “less reactive” when her treatments softened her facial features, rendering her own reactionary expressions less dramatic. The second, a mother of a self-described volatile 21-year-old, remarked that her son was in defensive mode more often than he needed to be because she was “always mad.” She went on to explain that she found herself saying all too often “I’m not mad!” and that these episodes were reduced after her treatments.

This certainly makes sense, and more and more research is being done to assess Botox and psychosocial interactions that support these observations. Hey – if you are struggling with justifying spending the money on treatments for yourself, maybe you should do it for your children.