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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Vanity O Vanity

I have not had any plastic surgery……yet, but I am a HUGE fan of Botox!!!! It has been over a year since my last injection of this highly toxic fabulous miracle. Of course, I knew that it probably was not a good idea to get any while I was pregnant. So, I patiently waited through my pregnancy, watching as fine lines developed and that nightmare of a line between my eyes returned! ARGHHHH how long could I look at myself in the mirror like this. The answer to this question is a wee bit longer.

There are many things that you shouldn’t consume or use while breastfeeding. Getting Botox is one of them. I called my doctor’s office and to ask his opinion. His nurse said they wouldn’t advise it. Considering that it is such a small amount and too much probably wouldn’t be absorbed into the blood stream, I prayed it would be ok to get while nursing. In a serious moment of desperation I called the manufacturer. They informed me that they had no studies on the use of Botox while breastfeeding and although not a lot enters the blood stream it still could be passed through in breast milk. Not wanting my daughter to get sick or something worse from my vanity, I opted not to get botulism injected into my face just yet.

I have mentioned my Melasma (discoloration of the skin due to hormones) before and my battle with it. I feel so intimate with this condition that I have vowed the next dog I get I will name him/her Melasma. I had a ghastly amount during my pregnancy and am trying to rid my face of the last traces of this evil devil. I started using Tri-Luma, which is a prescription bleaching cream that I used before I got pregnant. After using it for a week or so I thought it would be a good idea to see if it is ok to use while breastfeeding. NOPE! No good. Poo! Now what? I am wrinkled and discolored. I look like a suede handbag that was left in the rain.

Then I began checking on other things. I can’t use Strivectin for my stretch marks, white strips for bleaching my teeth or laser skin treatments. NOOOOOOO! How am I going to find a husband if I am wrinkled and dotted up with yellow teeth?

Doing what is in the best interest of my daughter I decided that it would be best if I took a sabbatical from my vanity. At least until I stopped breastfeeding........... then I am all over it or it is all over me!

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