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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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jenybryan jenybryan 9 years
i dont like the idea of toxins in my face, but i also hate the idea of getting all wrinkly...getting old freaks me out! i dont blame her for wanting some botox..
Allotrios Allotrios 9 years
* isn't -> enough
Allotrios Allotrios 9 years
I don't understand why anyone would want Botox. I mean...just look at the word: Bo - tox. As in botulism toxin. Isn't the word "toxin" isn't to turn people off? Botulism: It's the reason you can't give honey to babies. Clostridium botulinum (Just about every member of the Clostridium family is a nasty, nasty bug, by the way; Clostridium perfringes is another famous germ - it's responsible for gangrene.) So right, Clostridium botulinum. An anaerobic (thrives in non-oxygenated enviroments), gram-positive (harder to destroy due to cell structure) bacteria that produces the toxin botulin. That's what Botox is made from. It's a neurotoxin. This is why it "freezes" your face. I don't want to think about the scarring that will happen years later as a result of injecting a neurotoxin into one's face. Oh - and in case anyone's wondering about the babies: Honey has Clostridium botulinum in it. Babies have teensy tiny intestines. The environment within is very low-oxygen, meaning that the bacteria can and will thrive.
AucuneRancune AucuneRancune 9 years
yuck yuck yuck
bectemp bectemp 9 years
THE HAIR OF THE DAWG THAT BIT ME! Have you spent zillions on your hair? Have you asked your hairstylist to be the first person notified when you pass away? Well, I have, and I have chastised my dear hubby for commenting on the cost of my hair maintenance, too. It is one budget I refuse to talk about. On Thursday, I had my hair tinted, highlighted, and cut in a bob to the tune of more than 200 Benjamins. I loved how it looked in the front. BUT the posterior view (via the mirror in the bathroom) looked like a skunk's derriere. The bottom half of the wedge was lead pencil black and the top half was Posh Spice blond. Since I am currently out of town and out of reach of my stylist, I went to the drugstore to find dye to lighten up the bottom half of the skunk's keister. To make a long story longer than you probably want to know, my orange posterior has been avoiding my husband since the dye application. I have been forced to walk around backwards so that my dearly beloved won't see ORANGE. According to Self magazine, even the pros make beauty blunders, although reading the beauty editors' mistakes is not assuaging my current distress. I have adjusted my clothes and makeup to counteract the orange of my hair! I have pulled my gastrocnemius muscle from walking backwards! My husband thinks I have overdosed on my estrogen medication because I am in constant "canooodle-ment" so that he doesn't discover the horrors that exist behind me. As a financial advisor, he would be calculating the cost to repair the damage and compounding the interest lost in the future! I am off in search of a trendy chapeau to disguise the defilement! Please share with me your worst beauty blunder! BARK me your blooper in the comments section. Ciao!
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
I think it's amusing. Vanity, thy name is Uber-botoxed-frozen-face!
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
I really enjoyed that article in Self
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
She should of listened to her gut. Also I think people who decided to do this should really research their doctors before going forward with it. How and why she felt okay with a doctor she barely knew and had never seen before to do this I'm a little alarmed about-especially one pushing for her to "do more, do more." That should of been a red flag right there.
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