Why I Don’t Give Botox

February 5, 2022

Sonia Singh MD
I'm a primary care doctor who is passionate about food, writing and making healthcare less frustrating and more empowering. These are my musings. Thanks for reading!

When I tell people I have a medical practice for women and I don’t take insurance, a few people (all men 🤔) have responded with “oh, cool, so you do Botox?”

Umm, NO.

For the record, I have NO problem with (and definitely NO judgement about) botox, however

👉 I’m an internist. My job is to make you healthy on the INSIDE. I want your arteries clean, your bones strong and all your organs pink, plump & free of disease.

👉 If you are going to have a neurotoxin injected into your face, you should probably see an experienced professional with advanced training in aesthetics, not a clumsy PCP who hates needles. (I know several great docs who fit the bill and am happy to make a referral.)

👉 Would it be nice to be a “one-stop-shop” for women? Maybe. But we are already exposed to enough pressure from filtered images, TV, social media, magazines, movies and at beauty counters that hold us to unrealistic standards of beauty and make us feel “not enough” in our own natural skin. You don’t need that from me too.

I practice high-quality, personalized, evidence-based primary care, and I am betting that there are women out there who see the value in that WITHOUT me offering them botox.

Prove me right, ladies.

be well,
Sonia Singh MD

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