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Botox and dermal fillers-is this still considered outrageous?


I belong to a beauty blogger group on Facebook and came across a post recently that begs for 'discusssion.' It was from a mid-20 something and it went a little something like this:

"I booked an appointment with a dermatologist for some sun spots on my face that I wanted to have removed.  The appointment went as planned but when I was leaving he said "Are you interested in Botox? I could put some here and here (and touched her forehead and cheeks). I was SO angry and I think that is so rude.  I'm going to do a blog post on the top 10 rude things said to women."

The comments below the post on Facebook were:

"That doctor should be punched in the throat"
"You don't need Botox-you're so beautiful-why would he even suggest that...."

And so on, so forth.  This woman would respond saying "I know I don't need it" or "I don't know why he thought that was okay to suggest"

So of course I responded, "Why are you so upset about this? Is it wrong to try to suggest additional services?"

Her response, "I wasn't there for Botox so he shouldn't have suggested it."

So I put up a video about this, which I will not plug here-but basically I can't wrap my head around why she is so upset.  She walked into a BUSINESS-and as far as I'm concerned, a BUSINESS needs to generate revenue in order to exist/flourish.  What's the big deal? Almost every business I frequent, I get an upsell.....from Burger King to Walmart: "Do you want fries with that?"  "If you sign up for the Walmart mastercard, you'll save an additional 15%?"

In my opinion, this person was probably made aware of the fact that people AGE-and someone pointing it out to her pissed her off.  But I DON'T think that it's the 'best' approach to spout off about it.  Guess what lady? You're aging-like EVERYONE ELSE. 

Also-and I'd love to know what you think....is there still a gigantic stigma surrounding Botox and dermal fillers like there was in the 90's?  This stuff is available to everyone now, not just the Housewives of......is there still a shock factor associated with this and people whispering behind backs? I live in Toronto and a LOT of people I know get fillers and Botox. It's normal. 

Am I wrong in my thinking that:
1. This girl is off sides spouting off about this dermatologist
2. Botox and dermal fillers are normal and a choice

Sep 08, 2013 @ 07:33 am

8 Replies


Agree with you.

I don't see why she was so upset. Like you said, it's a business. It is a proven business tactic that if you offer additional services after the customer has received what they want, you can increase revenue by a huge percentage.

I definitely think the girl was off side about getting so over-the-top mad about it. Maybe she was offended because she truly didn't think she needed botox, but like you said, it's a service they're trying to sell, just like any other business. I think she was wrong to go online and publicly slander the derm.

And to your second question, I think botox / fillers still maintain some stigma, but nothing like they used to. I'm in my early 20's and pretty much all of my friends already say they're going to get injections at the first signs of aging. For my generation, it's kind of a natural progression and it seems normal. I think maybe people who are a few years older though might still have a lot of preconceived notions about the "dangers" of injections (which are mostly all now debunked), and may still be judged by their friends for getting 'work' done.

In the end though I don't see what the big deal is. What's the difference between buying hundreds of topical 'anti-aging' products, and going to a professional to get one put in your face? Pretty much everyone is trying to slow down the aging process at this point, it's the social norm now.
Sep 09, 2013 @ 08:15 pm

@LissaG agreed

I have to agree with everything you said and also add that I do believe one of her 'motives' or 'agenda items' was to get more air time for her blog. Knowing that this is still a hot button topic, she decided to capitalize on it and get some more views by being the squeaky wheel.


WE age. It happens.
Sep 09, 2013 @ 08:31 pm

Me too

I agree with you also, Meredith. Assuming this person related her story verbatim, it was perhaps a little bit insensitive on the delivery. For example:

A: "Would you be interested in Botox?"
B: "Why, where do you think I could use some?"
A: "Well, perhaps here or here could see some improvement"

...instead of immediately rushing in and suggesting problem areas before the client indicated that she was open to discussing the idea.

That said, what you pointed out is absolutely true. We are upsold EVERYWHERE and should I assume that my shoes are hideous if the salesperson at the boot store mentions they are having a BOGO sale on dress shoes?

People are WAY too sensitive on every possible side of the equation. You can't suggest improving yourself because "we're beautiful just the way we are", nor can you honestly answer the question "does this dress make my butt look fat" or "does this concealer hide or emphasize my undereye wrinkles?"

It's no wonder men are so evasive about answering such questions truthfully! That woman really needs to chill out.
Sep 10, 2013 @ 09:46 am

Pro Botox and Fillers

I have to start by saying I am biased. I am late 30's and have used both products. I love them. I would start with saying why is a 20 year old considering cosmetic procedures?? I had lovely skin in my 20's and even now I think I am killing for pushing 40.

I think it was more a post to generate some much need flattery...I shiver to think I was once that insecure 20 year old. Thinking that I need more to feel better. When in fact I just need to grow up and experience life.

You will be up sold and many cosmetic clinics, but the more reputable ones will tell you honestly what you NEED and what is SUGGESTED....in the end its your choice....and choice is the fruit of life ;)
Sep 12, 2013 @ 10:58 pm


I think that there are different stages of aging.....and that age doesn't necessarily mean you don't need botox or fillers or that it shouldn't be suggested. My strongest example of that are girls that frequent tanning beds. They look older than I do (facially speaking).

Insecurity.....eh maybe. I think she just wanted to stir up something and distract from the fact that she is aging everyday like everyone else.
Sep 13, 2013 @ 10:30 am

Botox and fillers

You stated you have used both, an I ask what the cost was? I'm considering some "intervention" and was curious what the $$ around could be. Thanks :)
Oct 23, 2013 @ 06:21 pm

OUTRAGEOUS just for few.

There are still people who thinks it's only the aged ones go for such treatments. But people has changed their attitude towards aesthetic treatments. Even this trends have given a big push to aesthetic medical field and more and more people are opting advance aesthetic treatment training centers. In Canada, there has been a large increase in such centers in last couple of years, what to say, I have my sister doing the similar course at AAI (Aesthetic Advancements Inc.).
I've recently read blog about the trend in selfies increasing the cosmetic treatments around the world. That's crazy.
Mar 18, 2014 @ 09:01 am


Yeah, I'm kind of curious myself...
Mar 18, 2014 @ 10:10 pm

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