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A Beauty Editor's Botox Blooper

A Beauty Editor's Botox Blooper

I'm intrigued by this Self article, which features magazine editors confessing their beauty sins. (Is it just me, or are magazines doing an inordinate number of stories about their staffs lately?)

Elaine D'Farley talks about how she already had a little Botox from her dermatologist, but at a press event, a different doctor convinced her to have a little more done. And that's where things went wrong. This doctor gave her an injection here, an injection there, and then, a week later, Elaine found herself frozen:

"Nothing moved! Not my brow, my forehead or anywhere around my eyes. My under-eye circles were actually more pronounced, like dark muddy puddles trapped under ice. Instead of many expressions, I had one: blasé."

Had she followed her instinct, she might have avoided the frustration of having "frozen face" for a few months. A lot of people ask me about Botox, and inevitably they ask the same thing: "But doesn't it freeze your face?" In all honesty, it can... but when done properly, it shouldn't. In this case, it sounds like the doctor in question was a little too eager to play "shoot 'em up" with D'Farley's face. A good one will be more likely to discourage lots of injections than to recommend them—so if you ever run into this situation, don't be shy about backing out of it.


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