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Botox King Dr. Sebagh Stops Wrinkles, Starts Blabbing

I mostly "know" Dr. Jean-Louis Sebagh because of his line of pricey skin care, but celebrities know him as their Botox go-to guy. He was one of the first doctors to use Botox for cosmetic purposes, and now that the wrinkle-stopping injection has become more common, he has plenty to say about it in an interview with the Telegraph. I'm sure you'll have some strong opinions, as I do, after reading what he has to say.

"From the age of six or seven, I had a critical eye," he recalls. "I could see everything that was wrong in a face and wanted to improve it." These days, he sees up to 30 clients a day, and has a months-long waiting list. He thinks it's "very, very difficult" for women over 45 to stay beautiful without Botox: "It is possible, but I don't see it often."

He convinced Cindy Crawford to open up about her Botox and collagen injections, and he wishes more celebrities would do the same: "What I think is disgusting and dishonest are all those famous women who lie and say they have had nothing done. I hate it because it makes other women who haven't had work done feel desperately bad about the way they look." And yet, he's happy to make women feel bad if they choose to age naturally. "My clients will give up their latest designer dress or new shoes before me," he says. "What's the point of wearing a beautiful dress if the face looks old and ugly?"

While there's no question that women face age discrimination, isn't beauty in the eye of the beholder? The only thing that's really ugly, I'd say, is the kind of attitude that shames women for aging naturally.


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shayela shayela 9 years
Fake = graceful? Since when? My mother is over 45 and everyone thinks she looks ten years younger, and she hasn't had any work done. "Aging gracefully" means accepting your age as is naturally is. Blah. And what's this crap about having a critical eye and wanting to fix everyone's face? He's not very attractive himself.
sidra5397 sidra5397 9 years
what a cad. It personally offends me on behalf of my mother and other women in my life.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
Maybe he should turn his critical eye on himself. Dr. Douche isn't looking so fresh, either. But this is classic, isn't it? Only women get scrutinized for wrinkles, etc. He seems not to find it ironic that he's all wrinkled and sits in judgment. Ugh. :oy: (And incidentally, just because women look their age, it doesn't make them "old and ugly." I find that the more obsessed women are with plastic surgery, the yuckier they look.)
missyd missyd 9 years
*ARGH!!!!!! (crying admist screams)* Someone give me a bat, a 2 by 4, whatever. This man seriously needs a good, well, you know. How DARE he make women feel BAD about what happens to them NATURALLY by nature taking its course??? Maybe someday we will be ashamed to breathe oxygen, who knows........... :-(
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
He is just trying to push his products. People should do what makes them happy , but I do think more stars should admit that they use botox so woman know it is not natural to seemly look that youthful as a 25 year old when you are 45.
lovelie lovelie 9 years
I think he could have rephrased and been a little bit more eloquent in his wording, however, I do see where he is coming from. In theory, we could all age and have our imperfections exposed and as long as we feel good about ourselves all would be well. However, that is not the world we live in unfortunately. Realistically, women for whatever reason (and I suspect most just want to feel good about themselves...for themselves) cosmetic surgery has just become good maintenance. I do like how he mentions the bit about famous women denying that they have had plastic surgery. In summary, I think he is just coming from a place where a lot women already feel they are at. If this were not the case, how come there are thousands of anti-aging products on the market...because we all just want to look our best.
em1282 em1282 9 years
I don't judge people for wanting to get Botox or wanting to do any other cosmedic procedures--but since this guy is such a douchebag, I kinda wish they wouldn't get the procedures from him! My mom just turned 58 and doesn't look a day over 40. She's never had any plastic surgery and really just sticks to a good skincare regimen. She also does a good job of staying out of the sun and eats a lot of fish. If anyone ever called her anything less than 'beautiful' just because she's over 45, I'd have to hurt them. If I look half as good as her when I turn 58, I'll be the happiest person alive.
hlisa hlisa 9 years
"it is "very, very difficult" for a woman beyond 45 to remain attractive without the aid of the syringe." Hateful and harmful words. It's sad and appalling that someone like this can dictate what is beautiful. One can only hope that he gets what he gives in the end: a loss of self-worth because someone else told him he did not live up to the standards of attractiveness.
gigill gigill 9 years
Urgh, pig! I hope he's happy making women feel miserable. Personally, I'm not interested in Botox. I like to think of wrinkles as character lines. I already know I'm going to have two big ones along the sides of my mouth because I smile so much. I'll keep those and keep on smiling THANKS!
Vikkylicious Vikkylicious 9 years
I must admit that being 19 and looking at all these famous celebrities and models those have an impact on me. Recently, I developed fine lines in my eyes that were not there a year ago. I did my research and found out that I have them because of the stress brought on my college specially those all nighters. Instead of ugly signs of premature aging, I started to see these lines as "battle scars" from my hard work at school. Also, this past year, I really found myself and I gain a knew confidence on me: my body, my personality, even my flaws. After this, I notice people, specially guys, lol, notice me more. So it is all about confidence and the way you radiate that into the world. I really hope young women like myself stop these stupid trends and embrace our natural beauties. Instead of looking for expensive, fast procedures, we should TAKE ACTION NOW! Eat better, not smoke, use sunscreen, etc. We will thank ourselves when we are 40. Once we really get this down, I think the world will stop judging aging women.
AllaWallaBalla AllaWallaBalla 9 years
What I find amazing is that people still believe things like Botox to be inconsequential. Just because you can inject it into your body does not mean that it has no harmful side effects. I've read that it may spread to the nervous system. That being said, I know I'm already paranoid about aging so there's a chance I will get Botox (or some other form of plastic surgery) when I'm older but if/when I do, I will weigh the consequences instead of assuming that it's safe. When doctors dole treatments like this out (the way Sebagh does) it creates the illusion that they are perfectly safe. There was a time when doctors prescribed amphetamines for people with lack of energy ;).
jem2 jem2 9 years
so much for aging gracefully!! my grandmother lived to be 90 and her face was beautiful!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Way out of line... I'll be 26 this weekend and have had Restylane 3x in the past 4 yrs for my lips. I loved it but I don't think it's for EVERYONE. Nor do I think people are hideous if they choose to be a la natural. I really think like anything it's up to the person.
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I don't think there's anything wrong with getting Botox. I personally haven't done it but I know people who like it. (And trust me, pretty much EVERYONE in Hollywood who's over 27 has had it done.) But I don't like the way Sebagh is pushing treatments like Botox. If people want to do it, that's fine. But to say that all women over 45 are hags if they don't? That's not only cruel, it's ridiculous.
Callie325 Callie325 9 years
What's really ugly are his words. And hayworthgilda, that is so true. I feel so bad for plastic surgery victims. I'd rather have bags and wrinkles than permafreeze forehead.
SoBourjois SoBourjois 9 years
That's interesting about Cindy Crawford having Botox. Dr. Sebagh is also featured as the creator of her skin care line, Meaningful Beauty and is on the infomercial. Hard to take Cindy Crawford seriously about skin care if her smooth skin is coming from Botox.
cleegiants cleegiants 9 years
oh's guys like these that make women feel like they have to use botox. the article is more of the same - he actually says the best look for a woman is at age 35! also, he says he's been using botox since the age of 39, but if you look at his picture, he really does look like a 50-something year old man, just without wrinkles. it's kind of weird now that i think about it. i used to think that i would be willing to consider botox one day (i'm only 26) but would probably never get it for a number of reasons, one of which being the financial cost. now though, i'm absolutely convinced i won't consider it an option. i believe you CAN age gracefully without the help of botox, restylane or any of these other injectable fillers. so my face muscles move - i consider an image of life lived to its fullest. you'll know that i'm not afraid to laugh and show emotion by looking at my face. ugh..just thinking about the article is maddening and saddening.
hayworthgilda hayworthgilda 9 years
I challenge him to walk the streets of Bev Hills and point out the botoxed, facelifted 45+ women who look the better for it. The aging "ugliness" that he and other doctors can't abide has merely been replaced by a scary, alien, inhuman look. I just can't believe that they think this looks better. And why the heck is it only women over 45 getting ugly from aging? None of this applies to men? I'd assume that someone calling a large swath of the population 'ugly' for having the temerity to age would at least be an amazing physical specimen himself. But it appears that I would be wrong. Plank in your own eye, buddy.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
He's a douche and these things don't really even make people look younger. You still look older no matter what. I see no reason to waste money on these things. Recently I've even read that botox might be even be affecting the brain. I'm not interested in being told by other people how I should age or how I should want to age. And young doesn't always equal beautiful, especially when a bad attitude comes along with it. Even though she didn't get to live long enough, would anyone say Audrey Hepburn aged badly with the grace she had along with her inner light and good attitude? I rather age like her than someone who's botoxed and tucked in and can't even show any human emotion on their face. I wish people's need to do all these things to themselves would start decreasing in popularity. I hate all these things even more because people have the expectation that all of us have to conform to this nonsense. And I hate this quote: "I could see everything that was wrong in a face and wanted to improve it." I don't think that's anything to be proud when I'm sure what he's find wrong is according to his own perception of what's beautiful, which I have the feeling I would completely disagree with. Imagine if someone "fixed" a Picasso painting because they didn't find it beautiful.
emily-violet emily-violet 9 years
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Ugh. It's when women start getting plastic surgery and Botox that "aging gracefully" just doesn't happen. This dude is a real tool. Also, his face is SCARY. (Botoxed/plastic faces that can't make actual human expressions anymore are frightening, no?)
Beauty Beauty 9 years
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one to think he's a jerk. Read the entire article! You'll be floored.
BeamerCG BeamerCG 9 years
What a jerk! There are more important things than being beautiful. I wonder how many hungry children could be fed or vaccines given for the price of his botox treatments.
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
Sigh. I'm pretty much against any plastic surgery to change your looks if you don't need to. I know that Botox isn't plastic surgery, but it's just another thing that women need to worry about now. Like, it seems that it's pretty much given now that if you're in the movie industry and over, I don't know, 40, you HAVE to have Botox or you're criticized. Unfortunately, this attitude is moving into "the real world". It's starting to be expected of women who make a certain amount of money, it seems. Aging is natural. Wrinkles are natural. Yeah, they aren't the most beautiful things in the world sometimes, but get over it. I just don't get people's obsession with trying to look young forever.. And the last thing I would like to say is that this Dr. comes off a serious jack @$$ in this article :P
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