This blogger has never promoted Botox. On the contrary, I have been at pains to point out the downside of the trendy face-freezing technique and have been happy to report on the reversal of the trend.
This morning, the New York Post reports that more and more women, especially celebrity actresses are rejecting Botox. They are, as the saying goes, saving face:
It may be freezing outside — but the faces of American women are thawing out.
Botox, the most common cosmetic surgery procedure in the country, is suffering a serious public backlash, a decade after its rise to rigid prominence on the brows of celebrities and average folk alike.
The waxy, immobile visages of middle-aged stars like Nicole Kidman, Bruce Jenner, Renée Zellweger — and even that of 27-year-old Lindsay Lohan — have become cautionary tales of overindulging with the injectable antiwrinkle treatment. And now many A-listers are speaking out about their revulsion for Botox.
Emma Thompson and Nicole Kidman have their reasons for rejecting it:
… 54-year-old Emma Thompson, on a tour for her new movie “Saving Mr. Banks,” made some pointed comments to UK talk show host Graham Norton recently: “Look at me, I’m normal. I really wouldn’t do anything. It’s psychotic to have your body opened up and stuff put in and inject yourself with poisons.” Even 46-year-old Kidman, the queen of Botox, disavowed the cosmetic procedure this year. “I did try Botox, unfortunately,” she told an Italian paper, “but I got out of it and now I can finally move my face again.”
Similarly for Rachel Weisz and Kate Winslet:
Rachel Weisz has gone so far as to propose that the treatment be outlawed from her profession: “It should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen. Acting is all about expression — why would you want to iron out a frown?” Kate Winslet echoed her sentiment, saying, “I am an actress; I don’t want to freeze the expression of my face.”
Isabella Rossellini took her criticism a tad too far, but still, the side-effects listed on WebMD are hardly desirable:
And Isabella Rossellini has compared Botox to the painful practice of foot-binding. WebMD lists possible, immediate side effects of facial-injected Botox as “dizziness, mild difficulty swallowing, respiratory infections such as cold or flu, pain, nausea, headache, muscle weakness, double vision, drooping or swollen eyelid, eye irritation, dry eyes, tearing, reduced blinking and increased sensitivity to light.”
Julia Roberts gets the last word:
As Roberts put it: “Your face tells a story, and it shouldn’t be a story about your drive to the doctor’s office.”