Recently we read about actresses in Hollywood speaking out against the use of Botox. Those speaking out may be avid users of resurfacing lasers or other injectable fillers and cosmetic procedures but have been quoted specifically targeting Botox for criticism. This could be a sign of interviewers asking loaded questions about aging or questioning an actor’s authenticity. For celebrities in Hollywood using their face as their primary source of income, it would make sense to use Botox sparingly and with super precision. An experienced professional would be the best choice for maintaining a natural look and preserving the functions of the muscle to your liking. An Oscar winning scene can have actors expressing a dynamic range of emotions in the face that can be the focal point of storytelling in a scene. For them, is important to have the most range of motion in the tiny muscles of the face in order to maximize their emoting potential on screen or stage.

Hollywood has set the standard of beauty and perfection of the face with the silver screen close-ups of the 40s and continues well into today. Many celebrities double as cosmetics spokes persons appearing flawlessly not only on the big screen but on our TVs too. Take for example Jennifer Aniston, who has spoken out against her experience with Botox but claims to be obsessed with skin resurfacing lasers. Famous fair-skinned star Nicole Kidman (a skin type more prone to wrinkles) also commented that she did not like Botox after trying it, yet used it for an extended period time. Many other women in Hollywood have spoken out against Botox and are also taking a stand against the impossible pressures to look ageless in Hollywood. This is commendable as long as no one puts down anyone else’s choices to use Botox.

If the back lash is specifically with Botox, it could be because of poor results from a procedure by an inexperienced provider. Some patients ask for a natural and soft wrinkle look while others may specifically ask to have a muscle in the face completely frozen. An inexperienced provider may feel the pressure to take on the client and meet their expectations even if they may be unnatural or unrealistic. The effects of Botox are temporary and can be controlled in amounts of neurotoxin injected; softening or hardening the look. But the variety of ‘looks’ you can create are endless. If the procedure results in a frozen or unnatural look, then everyone’s attention will be focused on that detail of that face. The objective is to create a look that doesn’t look ‘done.’ Again and again we read that those who do not agree with the use of Botox are opposing the obvious side-effects of the over-use of Botox. The unfortunate part about it is that the most infamous cases of Botox overuse make it to the front page of the internet and scare regular users or candidates for Botox.

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) released their 16th annual multi-specialty procedural statistics in 2012 listing the most popular nonsurgical procedure were injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A (including Botox and Dysport). Cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures increased over 10 percent in the year, with almost 8.5 million procedures in 2012. More recently, there were 6,673,608 Botox treatments in 2014 and that up 6% since the previous year in 2013. This means that more and more women (and men) are using Botox and the backlash on Botox in Hollywood has not swayed the public. With more and more professionals offering better service, more hands-on experience, options and accessibility, almost anyone to get these cosmetic procedures safe and affordable. If you find yourself shocked to read that your favorite celeb has given up Botox or you see the latest over-done frozen face, remember that you will not have that same experience. The vast majority of patients are satisfied with their results and the truth is everyone facial muscles are different. You need a provider who will not just do a cookie-cutter treatment but someone to evaluate your muscles and give you the look that you want. Ideally, accomplishing a visage that presents a rejuvenated, well-rested, better you and that makes you feel better about you and your appearance.

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AuthorOscar Bueno