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Beginners Botox

Hoping to look 28 forever, Ning Chao submits to the needle.


Two months later, my forehead is still smooth when I don't move my face, but the slightest hint of a line starts to appear when I raise my brows (similar to what I saw at age 24). Amusingly, the men I've attracted since are much younger (mostly 22- and 23-year-olds), which I hope is more of an indication of how I look rather than how I act.

Fusco estimates that I'll need a touch-up after another month but predicts I'll require fewer treatments, less often, the longer I stick with the shots. "Over time, as people get Botox repeatedly, the muscles become trained to a certain extent and don't move as much, even when the toxin has worn off," she explains. "You may start getting injections every three months, but eventually you'll only need it twice a year." And the FDA approval of the competitive botulinum toxins Reloxin and Puretox, expected as early as the end of this year, might mean the price of injections will go down. (Right now, Botox has a monopoly, so doctors pay a premium that they pass on to their patients.)

By the time I'm due to schedule my next appointment, I surprise myself: I decide against it. The Botox helped me ease into 29, but I'm getting more comfortable with that number every day (and frankly, I miss meeting men my own age). So when will my next booster shot be? Probably the day before my next birthday.

Wrinkle-relaxing alternatives (no needle necessary)

Peter Thomas Roth Un-Wrinkle Night Cream
Avon Anew Clinical Deep Crease Concentrate
Good Skin Tri-Aktiline Instant Deep Wrinkle Filler
Rodial Glamotox Active Daily Moisturizer
SkinMedica TNS Line Refine
Freeze 24-7 Eyecing Fatigue-Fighting Eye Cream
Derma Doctor Immobile Lines Instant Topical Line Relaxer

Originally published on September 22, 2008

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