Is Botox worth the feel-good investment?

How much do you have to spend on Botox to boost your happiness? Apparently just enough to remove the ability to frown.

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When the going gets tough, the tough get botox. Well not always, but the investment might help if you’re feeling crushed over the US election result.

Indeed getting a jab of botox used to be that “thing” many people did without fully admitting it – at least not until they were asked to smile and couldn’t.

But nowadays, the odd injection of boxtox is becoming increasing common and not just among women.

According to a study released by market researcher Technavio, the number of facial injections is expected to significantly increase over the next five years as women and increasingly men try to iron out their wrinkles and look more youthful.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons said that between 2009 and 2010, there were 1.1 million more men opting for some sort of plastic surgery.

Research suggests that if done correctly cosmetic treatments such as Botox can also have therapeutic benefits that assist in fighting depressing by lifting a person’s mood. So what’s that worth to you?

Anti-wrinkle injections can cost between $1200 and $2800 over the course of a year. So that’s several treatments at $300 – $700 a session, every three to four months.

Each injection lasts between three to six months and it’s increasingly being used in younger women as a preventative aging drug.

“Is definitely worth the spend,” said Ann Pilley Director and Principal Nurse consultant at Zecca Cosmedical.

“Many elements focus on the cosmetic flippancy of Botox, but let’s face it if you cannot frown you look less grumpy and therefore happier.

But while there are benefits to having anti-wrinkle treatments, it’s highly recommended that the decision is discussed with a doctor or specialist just in case there are specific risks to an person’s health. It’s also not recommended while a woman is breastfeeding or pregnant.

There are also budget Botox providers to watch out for, who will offer to do Botox for a significant discount but may not be adequately trained.

“Women spend more money on products that do not work, then they do on anti-wrinkle injections that actually have an effect,” said Ms Pilley.

“I feel like women are their own worst critics about who does and who doesn’t do it. It is so commonly done these days and has become mainstream so who cares really? Botox helps you age gracefully, otherwise you are just aging!”

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