If there’s one thing celebs aren’t shy about, it’s Botox.
When it’s your job to look forever young, there’s no cosmetic procedure too extreme, but if you ask any celeb nowadays, Botox is hardly that.
“If you start early enough, in small strategic doses, it’s preventative—actually minimizing the progression of wrinkles so that you never get them,” explained celeb plastic surgeon Dr. Stafford R. Broumand.
Reality stars, like Kim Kardashian and Vanderpump Rules’ Lala Kent (to name just two), started getting injected for this very reason. But nearly everyone in Hollywood does it: Sharon Osbournecandidly got injected on air in 2003. Although Ashlee Simpson has denied it, she was the first 20-something to get media attention for possibly using Botox to change the shape of her nose in 2007. And in 2014,Kelly Ripa toldAndy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that Botox has helped her get ready faster.
“It’s cut my getting ready time in half,” she said. “I’m not advocating for it one way or the other. I’m just saying Botox changed my life.”
Today, it’s a multi-billion dollar industry. Botox was the top minimally invasive procedure performed last year; there were 7 million recorded procedures performed, according to an American Society of Plastic Surgeons annual survey.
Surprisingly, it was only in 2002 (15 years ago today, in fact) that Botox was FDA-approved to be used cosmetically. Its history is murky. Long before it was chemically created in a lab to be the Botox we know today, it was a deadly bacteria discovered by a German scientist in the 1820s. Iterations of the toxin in its pure form were used as a poison in World War II, but it wasn’t until the 1950s that scientists started to notice some of Botulinum toxin’s muscle-relaxing benefits.
In 1978 the FDA gave the go-ahead to start testing on humans, and that’s when they discovered other benefits like temporary relief from facial, neck, shoulder and even the vocal cord spasms (the same reason why John Mayer opened up about getting Botox in 2013).
By 1988 drug maker Allergan acquired the rights and officially changed its name to Botox—but it was still being used to treat muscle spasms, in addition to sweat wicking and migraines. In 1992 that all changed. That’s when a Canadian ophthalmologist and her dermatologist husband accidentally discovered that the injections were safe and effective for the treatment of wrinkles. By 2002, Botox Cosmetic (the frown-line fixer) got its official government approval, and that’s when the celebs (and most likely someone in your life) caught on.
“Anyone in their mid-to late 20s and beyond should really start thinking of Botox as a part of your skin-maintenance routine,” noted celeb plastic surgeon Dr. Deepak Dugar.
For instance, Courteney Cox first spoke out against the drug in 2008 in Marie Claire, when she admitted to overdoing it and not being able to move her face, a crucial requirement of her job. However, in 2010, she recanted her initial critique, saying if it’s done properly, she’s a fan. Then, there’s Lisa Rinna, one of the early adapters of the procedure. The actress has admitted that while she’s used fillers like Juvederm to fill in her cheeks, she prefers Botox: “It doesn’t change the shape of my face,” she told Momlogic.com. “When you change your face, you don’t look like yourself.”
The once-taboo subject, however, isn’t a cure-all.
“If people learn one thing on Botox’s 15th birthday, I hope it’s that Botox is not like Tylenol,” said Dr. Dugar. “It’s not a science; it’s an art.
While it varies from patient to patient, the last thing you want to do is pump your face full of Botox. Bottom line: If you want to preserve some motion, go to someone who is experienced and remember that less is more.
“In the right hands it’s truly a wonder drug,” agreed Dr. Broumand. “Good plastic surgeons know how the muscles work and where to place it.”
“Celebrities are doing what’s called low-dose, baby Botox. We literally have one celebrity who comes in every two months for her Botox, because we do such minimal doses for her that you can’t really perceive any change. Because she constantly always has Botox in her system at a low dose, she never really gets deep lines and wrinkles,” he explained.
OK, so maybe Botox isn’t an extreme treatment only celebs get. But brace yourself, it’ll cost you: $200-$1,000 per session (depending on the pro), every three to five months, for the rest of your life.
Published at Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:15:00 +0000
The Big Apple is about to get a dose of some fresh blood!
In tonight’s new episode of The Real Housewives of New York City, the second in season nine, the newest Housewife on the block makes her first appearance as socialite Tinsley Mortimer makes her big debut. And as she told E! News, she couldn’t be more thrilled about getting her giant gold apple.
“I am so excited to be a part of The Real Housewives of New York City. It happened in the perfect time for me,” she said. “I was living in Florida and it was just such a great excuse to get back to New York. I’m supposed to be here. This is my town. I love New York.”
Mortimer is no stranger to reality TV, however. After rising to fame in the NYC social scene in the early 2000s, she landed her own series on the CW in 2010 entitled High Society, which she starred in alongside fellow socialites Paul Johnson Calderon and Devorah Rose. The show was canceled after only eight episodes. But as she tells it, it was the life she lived in between that show and now that’s truly prepared her to rub elbows with the likes of Ramona Singer and Bethenny Frankel.
“I’m older. A lot has happened in my life and I think that kind of prepares you for things like this,” she admitted. “I felt like after everything I went through last year, I can take the Housewives. If those girls try to bring any heat my way, I can bring it back.”
(In April of 2016, Mortimer was arrested for trespassing in Palm Beach, FL after police were called to a private residence, responding to reports of a woman screaming on the property. The fallout of the arrest will play out during her inaugural season, which began filming last fall.)
Not only did Mortimer come into her tenure as a Real Housewife as a fan of the franchise—”I haven’t caught every single season, but of course I’ve watched The Real Housewives of New York,” she said—but she also arrived with some history with a couple of the gals, as well as a rather unique living situation. “I knew Sonja [Morgan] well going into the show. I also knew Luann [D’Agostino, née de Lesseps]. So I at least had those girls on my side in a sense. Such a great way to come into the show and move in with Sonja. Such a dear friend. It’s just so nice of her to open up her house to me. All my furniture was in Florida. She’s like, ‘Come live with me.'”
Of course, moving in with a dear friend—especially when that friend is the delightfully kooky Sonja Morgan—didn’t come without its own set of interesting rules. To hear Mortimer break them down, as well as a bit of insight into which of the other ladies she develops relationships with over the course of the season, be sure to check out the video above.
Are you looking forward to Mortimer joining the RHONY ladies? Sound off in the comments below!
The Real Housewives of New York City airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Bravo.
(E! and Bravo are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)
Published at Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:03:26 +0000