The well-heeled in the Capital have discovered botox with a vengeance. The gyms take care of their bodies; the parlours of their grooming; the luxury malls of their designer outfits… and now botox takes care of those lines that threaten to ruin their smooth, forever-young faces. Those who have discovered this so-called elixir of youth celebrate it by throwing parties in its honour.
Fast-paced Mumbai, where people seldom have time to spare, is awash with botox lounges — a quick push of the injection and you get a younger face in just 10-15 minutes. Delhi, which loves to put fun into everything, invites botox docs over to its parties, where 30+ wannabe Madonnas combine the pursuit of youth with a glass of wine or two.
Says Rita Khanna*, a mother of two and a resident of Hauz Khas, “If I get to look more beautiful and am in the company of like-minded people in the B-parties, I would love to get it done every month.” Rita is happily oblivious to the long-term consequences of botox, which, thankfully, don’t seem to be severe.
Dr PK Talwar, plastic surgeon at Max Healthcare, says, “There’s practically no side effect, but one cannot ignore the possibilities. Your body may develop resistance to botox, so that you may need higher doses. Or the botox may take longer to work in some individuals.”
Taking a ‘beauty-brunch break’ is fast becoming top priority for upwardly mobile Delhiites. Priya Nanda, a team leader in a leading BPO, says, “Looking youthful gives you an advantage. You get admiring stares and are more popular at parties. At 30, I think there’s no harm in getting botoxed.”
Cosmetic surgeon Dr Seema Malik attends at least two such parties every month. “It’s so pleasant to see the busybees finally taking a break from their in-laws and bosses,” says the doctor, who usually visits these parties with her team of seven. Treatment cost depends on units consumed, and the cost is Rs 250-300 per unit. Crow’s feet may require 20 units, and forehead lines 30-40 units, says Dr Talwar.
Sonali Mahajan*, a 26-year-old software engineer, organised a B-party recently. Though seemingly young for a botox shot, she still wanted one because she “had crow’s feet, and smiling made them look worse”. “Impulsively, I decided to throw a quick, lunchtime botox party and in 10 minutes it was all gone,” says Sonali. “My friends just loved the novelty of it and I felt rejuvenated.”