"Well, I think we've all fooled around with it [Botox]," Blythe told UsMagazine.com, adding, "I won't go into detail, but we all need a little help from our friends!"
While some stars are a bit more shy about revealing the truth about whether they've dabbled with the injection, it's refreshing to see Blythe's honesty on the topic. What do you think about stars revealing their Botox use? Do you care either way if they've been jabbed, or is it really none of our business?
We're kind of loving Toni Braxton's latest flurry of tweets, in which the singer addresses rumors of cosmetic surgery. She hasn't had it, she says — unless, of course, you count that one time. "I don't know why people think I've had plastic surgery," she tweeted. "I find it flattering. I only had my boobies and my nose done in 1992!"
The singer later clarified her stance, saying, "I meant to say I wonder why people think I've had plastic surgery recently or all of a sudden." Fair enough. She added that she hasn't had Botox, though. "Sorry, nothing against it, but because of my heart disease and the lupus, I'm not a candidate." It remains to be seen whether she'll address the issue again, but for now, we're enjoying these forthcoming tweets.
Apparently new, however, are findings indicating that those effects aren't just limited to the injection site. It's not really shocking that this is the case; it seems hard to believe that a neurotoxin that spreads easily throughout muscles would stay put in one tiny section of your body, anyway. It's also not clear just how much of this wastage occurs in humans — the experiment in question was conducted on a small number of rabbits who received multiple injections over six months. Still, not exactly comforting news for injectables fans. Does this story put you off the 'tox, or would you still feel safe using it?
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- "I have a friend who is beautiful but decided to get Botox injections in/around her eyes. Unfortunately, when your eyes look like you're 18 again and the rest of your face looks like you're 30 — well, all the 30's bits start to look more noticeable." — sweetvanity
- "I associate the plastic Botox look with older women. So when I see younger women, like Kim Kardashian, with the same look, they appear older." — Faylinn
- "Scary! My mom is being pushed toward Botox as a potential fix for her chronic migraines, but this is just one more reason for her to resist." — Morokea
To find out what else had you talking this week, keep reading.
To me, this seems mostly like a surfeit of the product being put in by physicians and aestheticians who don't pay attention to an individual's facial structure. But do you agree? From what you've seen, is Botox actually capable of aging people?
Earlier this year, a Canadian woman, Paddi Anne Moore, was pulled over and asked to take a breathalyzer test. But after four attempts to "blow" into the mechanism, poor Paddi just couldn't do it. Her excuse? While she admitted she had been drinking, recent Botox injections prevented her from being able to pucker up to do the test properly. The officer didn't buy it and charged her anyway.
The charge was recently dismissed by a judge, however, because Moore's doctor was able to provide a written note for her stating that "the physical effects of Botox injections to the upper lip and mouth area is that the patient is unable to purse [her] lips or whistle." What do you think of Moore's defense? Did she get off too easy or is her excuse legit?
Animal rights activists are furrowing their brows at this news. The number of mice used in one type of pharmaceutical test more than doubled between 2005 and 2008, jumping from 33,000 to 87,000 per year. The reason, according to some experts? Wrinkle-stopping drugs like Botox are increasingly popular.
Each batch of medicine requires the controversial LD50 test, which involves injecting mice with enough of a drug to kill half of them. The mice endure breathing problems, paralysis, and ultimately die from suffocation. Animal rights group, Humane Society International, says that an alternative method of testing is possible, but a spokesperson for Allergan, the maker of Botox, says otherwise. "Because of the biological nature of all botulinum toxins, and the minute amounts of product in each vial, the batches unfortunately need the LD50 test," she told the Daily Mail. "We are working hard to find a viable alternative, but we are not yet at that point."
"Looking older or stressed can affect a person's confidence when looking for a job," said Lee Robinson, plastic surgeon and medical director of the spa. "If we can help the unemployed increase their self-assurance, we can help families in our community get back to work," she explained. What do you think about the Botox and career counseling combo? Would you try it, or are you anti-injection?