Long before Botox® and other dermal fillers ever made an appearance, women’s perceptions of their own bodies were largely manipulated by the media. From Hollywood movies to tabloids and magazines with air-brushed images, women were given an image of the “perfect body” that was almost impossible to achieve.
Thankfully, in recent years, more focus has been placed on encouraging a woman to develop a positive attitude about her body. Having a positive body image means accepting your body and being happy in your own skin. It encompasses all the emotions you feel, and the perceptions and beliefs you hold about the appearance of your body.
So what message does it send to your daughter or your granddaughter when you decide to have Botox® treatments or some other cosmetic procedure done? Does it mean you don’t have a positive body image or that you’re ashamed of some aspect of your appearance?
How To Discuss Botox® With Your Daughter
When you’re having Botox® treatments, it’s important to convey the right message to your daughter. It will be a natural reaction for her to start wondering if maybe there are flaws in her appearance that need to be corrected as well.
You should reassure her there is absolutely nothing wrong with how she looks. That’s the number one priority you have as a mother – making sure your daughter has and maintains a positive body image about herself.
You should also explain there is really nothing “wrong” with how you look either. You’re simply making a personal decision to have Botox® treatments so you can feel even better about yourself.
Use Your Botox® Treatments as a Teaching Moment
An effective message you can give your daughter is to teach her about some of the issues that may justify a need for Botox® injections later in life.
Many of the problems Botox® treatments resolve are created earlier in life, primarily from bad habits. It’s important that your daughter understands what some of these bad habits are, and that by avoiding them, she may never feel the need for Botox® or other dermal filler treatments.
Bad Habits Your Daughter Should Avoid
Your daughter needs to understand part of the reason you’re choosing Botox® treatments is likely related to poor or uninformed choices you made years ago. There was a time when we were not as aware of some of the damaging effects our choices would have on our skin or our body later in life.
While your daughter is still young and has time on her side, encourage her to avoid as many of these destructive habits as possible. Not only do they cause signs of aging, many often cause premature signs of aging. This can include loose, saggy skin, sun spots, fine lines, deep creases, and wrinkles. Encourage her to avoid:
- Unhealthy eating and drinking choices, like processed foods, sugar-filled sodas, and alcohol
- Not getting enough exercise – consistent exercise can reduce almost all the signs of aging.
- No sunscreen – your skin needs to be protected against the sun’s harmful rays.
- Too much stress
- Poor posture
- Drinking through a straw – besides smoking, this is one of the best ways to ensure the formation of lines around your mouth.
For more information about Botox® injections or other dermal fillers and how they may help you rejuvenate your appearance, contact us at Providence Facial Plastic.