When I was a kid I remember saying, “I’ll never wear makeup!” Heaven knows why I would profess something like that, and my child-mind had no foresight to the amount of acne I was in store for, but I learned to never say never about matters of the face. That is to say, we all say we’re not worried about it until suddenly we’re worried about it. And while I’ve seen some botched Juviderm in my days as a cosmetic professional, and two very bad face-lifts done for cheap in China (shudder), I have to admit the results I’ve seen from Botox have been pretty impressive. But what is Botox anyway?
You might not like this. You know when canned food gets poisoned and the can swells up like mad and it’s treated like biohazard? That’s called Botulism, and it’s caused by the neurotoxin botulinum toxin, also known as Botox. It occurs naturally in fatty meats that have been handled improperly, but it also does a whiz-bang job of erasing the wrinkles between your eyebrows and on your forehead, getting rid of migraines, and even helping people with crossed eyes and uncontrollable blinking [via Wikipedia]. And, it goes without saying the porcelain faces of our favorite celebrities have been strategically Botox’d to give us delusions of genetic perfection for years, but aren’t there side effects?
Sure. Minor to major they range from irritation around the injection site to blurred vision, dry mouth, dysphagia (that’s when you have trouble swallowing), flu-like symptoms and other icky little inconveniences. Is it worth the risk? Vladimir Putin might’ve even sprung for some recently to improve his image (best of luck with that, sir), and truly, when done right, would we even know who has it and who doesn’t? I bet it’s a lot more prevalent than even we think. And at around $175-500 a procedure, it’s an easy thing for a celeb to spring for, but one could imagine springing for it on a regular person’s salary, too… you know, holiday bonus or something.
All of the stars pictured in the slideshow have admitted to using Botox.
So, Lovelies, is an injection of botulinum toxin fair game for keeping your face flawless? Do you think your opinion could change as you get older?