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Jenny McCarthy loves Botox. Does that mean you should love Botox too? Well, not necessarily. Don’t get us wrong, there’s a lot to like about the way that Botox works–and who it works for. After all, Botox is easily the most popular cosmetic procedure on the planet. But just because it’s popular, and just because celebrities seem to like it, doesn’t mean it’s going to be the best option for you.

If Jenny McCarthy Loves Botox, Should You?

Jenny McCarthy loves Botox. Should you? Well, I suppose that depends on whether you want to eliminate lines and wrinkles. Although, ultimately, no one should love Botox just because a celebrity endorses it or undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure just because it’s popular. Every procedure should be unique and individualized to you.

In a recent interview with Michigan Avenue magazine, McCarthy said that she loved Botox. She also came out in favor of plastic surgery if the results end up making you feel good.

But just because Jenny McCarthy likes something doesn’t necessarily mean that you should too, right? There are, after all, plenty of articles out there dissecting (in rather uncomfortable details) all of the plastic and cosmetic surgery procedures that McCarthy has “likely” undergone. As with any and all celebrities, just because Jenny McCarthy did something, doesn’t mean you should. But it does give us an opportunity to talk about what makes Botox so popular–why so many people love it and why it might not be right for everyone.

What is Botox?

Botox is the brand name for a specific type of injectable called botulinum toxin a. Now, that’s not something you really have to remember. Your surgeon will know what you’re talking about when you mention Botox! Botulinum toxin a is derived from a much more dangerous form of the same basic chemical compound. But you don’t have to worry about catching Botulism from Botox–that’s not how it works!

Botox is classified as a neuromodulator, which means it interferes with signals sent by the brain. If a muscle cannot receive such signals, for example, it becomes mildly paralyzed. This is precisely what cosmetic surgeons want when it comes to treating certain wrinkles.

That’s because some wrinkles are caused by muscles that become contracted and stuck. Smile lines, concentration lines, frown lines–they’re all examples of the same basic thing. You make the facial expression often enough and the muscle begins to “remember” that expression, getting stuck. With a few injections of Botox, the muscle is forced to relax. And when that happens, the wrinkles diminish or are mitigated–and you have a smoother, more youthful looking face.

Botox is Temporary

One of the reasons why Botox is so popular is, simply, that it’s temporary. The results are subtle, but even if you don’t like them, you won’t have to put up with them all that long–it’s just four to six months before the results of Botox begin to wear off. With no permanent repercussions on the line, many patients are more open to trying Botox in the first place.

It’s kind of like taking a car for a test drive–or, at least, the same basic idea. If you like the results, you can keep coming in for maintenance injections to make sure those results stick around. But if you don’t like the results, you can simply wait for them to wear off.

And that makes Botox much more tempting than, say, a facelift procedure–which comes with a significant surgical recovery period. (Facelift surgery can also be difficult to reverse.) And if you like your Botox results, you can keep them–you just have to come in every four to five months to make sure you stay up to date with your injections.

Many Non Surgical Options

But, again, that’s not to say you have to somehow love Botox–or any cosmetic surgery procedure. That said, there are more cosmetic procedures today than ever before, meaning more and more patients are finding something of value in this procedure or that procedure (and, again, there are plenty of people that find value in no procedure at all).

From Coolsculpting to Kybella to Juvederm and Voluma, there are dozens of non invasive cosmetic procedures you can choose from today. Each one is designed to treat address a different concern in a new and innovative way.

You might not find something you want or care about. But, then again, you might find the perfect procedure for you. Whether Jenny McCarthy loves Botox is, ultimately, pretty irrelevant. What’s more important is that you find a procedure that works for you–your needs, your schedule, your desired final results.

It’s great that Jenny McCarthy loves Botox. But what’s more important is that you love your final results just as much. After all, when it comes to cosmetic procedures, it’s really all about you.

About the Author: Dan Voltz has been writing about plastic and cosmetic surgery for over four years. He’s constantly in touch with plastic and cosmetic surgeons to make sure he has the most accurate and up to date information possible.

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