Botox in a recession!

July 22, 2009 29 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

According to the prescription websites dealing with Botox products, Botox is approved for the temporary treatment of moderate to severe frown lines between the brows for men and women. What does Botox really do? Does its work? Maybe you are asking yourself "Why Botox in a recession? Aren't there better ways to waste money in an economic downturn?" However, when the price for treatment is so low that you can spend more money in two trips to Walmart than you would on Botox, I think this is a clear indication that we need to research this more in depth. So we did and what we found was surprising and invigorating.

Botox is used to improve the appearance of sagging skin through injecting the chemical into the muscles. Botox has been proven to be effective for removing frown lines and wrinkles. According to several studies, Botox is also effective to prevent chronic migraine, treat muscle stiffness in elbow, wrist and finger muscles, cure abnormal head and neck pains, as well as treat abnormal spasms of the eyelids.

In my personal experience I had deep inset lines running horizontally across my forehead.  This stemmed from the fact that I tend to speak very expressively and any gesticulation that my hands or mouth made, my eyebrows and forehead backed up with tidal waves of muscular crunches.

This eventually led to wrinkles both on my forehead and between my eyes.  

When I was younger this was fine, as it animated everything that I said and made the points I tried to make at least seem that much more credible.  

In the present however, approaching 40 like a pack of wild animals running out of a forest fire, I felt I needed something to tame these “ugly frowning brow lines”.

They made me look angry all the time.  The Curse of the Mommy.  

Botox worked. In the process however, I quickly found out that there is more to the Botox game than meets the eye.

Over a year ago I made an appointment with a “spa” who used the name of a board certified surgeon in their advertisements and informational materials.  

The price at the time almost discouraged me, but I had become desperate so I made the appointment.  

All misconceptions set aside the actual procedure was not only everything the product advertisements commanded that it was, but it seemed like a small miracle for my aging face.  

The angry look had disappeared.

Although the $430.00 that I paid was well worth seeing a youthful, well rested woman looking back at me from the mirror,  I also knew this would not be financially affordable for me to repeat every six months.  

Also, this price only covered my forehead and not the furtively approaching crows feet.   I waited for the prices to become more affordable.

There were other things I wasn't thrilled about:  I did not meet with the board certified surgeon.  In fact, I met with a staff practitioner, who although knowledgeable about the product wasn't the board certified surgeon advertised in the brochure.  I wondered if he could be counted on to understand the intricate workings of all nerve endings and the delicate muscular structure of the face.

Since that time, I spent more than a little time looking for offices or doctors who perform Botox injections.  

The panic began to creep back in as another year had gone by and I wanted to retard the deep creases, but in a recession it seemed narcissistic to spend that much extra money on myself.  

Desperation prevailed however.  After all, downturns are only temporary.  Wrinkles are forever.

I found an ad that ran as follows: “Botox, $300.00, Be a wrinkle free VIP!  Botox…any area! 99%, Glycolic Facial Peel, and $25.00 Wrinkle Free VIP card YOU GET ALL THREE”.  

I was a little leery at first but I read the small print.  This doctor was not only Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery but he was a member of three (3) of the more important boards that protect consumers.  Further, I read on and find that he was voted “Best Plastic Surgeon 15 years in a row”.  This was worth a jab if nothing else was.

The Staff at the office requested that all information be handled by the Doctor. (a refreshing difference from the botox mill)  I was surprised that the surgeon would handle the procedure.  My sister and I both made appointments.

The Author's Sister, Dawn Berry with Dr. Clayman.

We met with Dr. Clayman, board certified plastic surgeon in suite 220 of the St. Vincent’s Hospital.  

If you are looking for a wonderful reason to feel like you are cheating a plastic surgeon out of all his money then please meet with him.  He was gregariously generous with his product.  He made it clear that Botox was not where he made his money and his money came from surgeries.  Even in a recession this man is doing quite well and after meeting with him we believe that this is not simply from luck.

Dr. Clayman is one of the few Board Certified Plastic Surgeons to perform all the Botox injections himself.  There were no nurses pawned off on the patient. There was no flunky politely explaining that this type of procedure could be performed by anyone.  Dr. Clayman was emphatic in his conviction that the doctor should perform all facets of what encompassed plastic surgery service.  

Dr. Clayman.

For this a great respect grew within me, especially realizing what an absolute steal I was getting on the amount of Botox I received for my money.  For a Harvard graduate with more information about the product and how to solve my various obvious facial issues he was gentle, informative and damn cheap.

Right now most of us just care about “damn cheep”, and “oh yea, don’t melt my face off“.

This Dr. gave quality and quantity, something of which I could not claim with my other Botox experience.  One could spend more money purchasing shoes at Dillard's and probably has.  In fact I was impressed and persuaded by his no-nonsense approach and the fact that even if it took an extra injection he added it happily.  This doctor went above and beyond what monies you paid for the procedure to make sure you walked out of his office beautiful and happy.  

In an industry where previously I have paid a half car payment more to get the same service I was impressed with his generosity.  My troubled areas were well taken care of without fear of extra charges.  

Somehow I paid so little for typically ridiculously expensive procedure and I came out feeling like I had cheated him and to be honest this was embarrassingly exciting!  I was even more excited to ponder the notion that it would take less than a month to save up for my next procedure with him.

Did I actually get one over on a Doctor or can Botox really be affordable for all?

The Author, Bella Coley, with Dr. Clayman after the Botox procedure

Well in speaking with Dr. Clayman, I realize that there are clinical practitioners who are not board certified plastic surgeons that make money solely off of their Botox clients and in doing so can not afford to give breaks on the amount of product they utilize on you.  These people rely on these measured injections so giving away additional product for need is not financially advantageous for them.  Further, sometimes to save on time they will allow their less qualified staff perform these duties.  The impressive part of the Dr. Clayman experience is Dr. Clayman performed all facets of the procedure himself.

Would I purchase Botox in a recession at this cost?  

This is two trips to Wal-Mart for me.  Can I live with out the beach floats or the $7 toenail polish for a month?  For Botox I think the answer is, “Of Course”.  

So next time you are out and you think, “Ugh, these lines are getting so deep and I just look tired and angry all the time“, but I don’t have the money to fix this. Please think again.

Botox in a recession is absolutely possible.  Just make sure you research the doctor and make sure that the doctor is the one performing the injections.  This was the most comforting part of our experience with Dr. Clayman.

Written by
Bella Coley