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Game over. Injectables, like Botox and Juvéderm, have officially come out of the closet. Gone are the days of celebrities treating injectables like a dirty little secret for younger-looking skin. Botox is everywhere in Hollywood. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s an easy way to erase wrinkles and lines in minutes—in some cases.
When injectables are done successfully, you get a natural, younger face that still looks like “you” with little to no downtime. Just ask former 90210 star Jenny Garth—she admits that she’s been a fan of Botox since 2008, among many an A-lister who also gets injected. Click through this gallery of celebrities who aren’t afraid to admit to the work they’ve had done.
And remember, if you’re considering injectables, make sure you are seeking treatment from a reputable and experienced board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon that uses FDA-approved fillers. “Never have anything you’re unfamiliar with injected into your face,” advises Beverly Hills, CA, dermatologist Debra B. Luftman, MD. Celebrities wouldn’t stand for it, so why should you?
Vanessa Williams says she uses Botox, but sparingly.
Her face looks so youthful due to the ample amounts of volume in her cheeks and under her eyes. When the face is too thin and lacks volume and fullness in the right areas, the effects are aging. Fillers, both short-term hyaluronic acid injectables and long-lasting fillers, as well as permanent fillers, can be injected into various areas of the face to restore volume.
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Jenny McCarthy has been quoted saying she gets Botox injections in her forehead every two months.
It used to be thought that injections like Botox and Dysport were reserved only for those experiencing aging but that school of thought has changed. “Starting Botox or Dysport in your early 30s is now common practice,” says Troy, MI, plastic surgeon Anthony Youn, MD, who sees a handful of 30-something patients getting Botox for preventative purposes and to reshape the jawline and lift the brows. “In the 30s, lines and wrinkles start to develop but you can inhibit their progression with injections as a preventative measure,” says New York facial plastic surgeon Andrew A. Jacono, MD.
Singer Kylie Minogue has admitted to using Botox in the past, but recently has been quiet about injections.
How do these stars know when to use injections or surgery to look younger? “When there is initial gauntness in the face, especially in the cheeks, filler is necessary. It helps ‘putty up’ those lines and wrinkles and is a good option when there’s no loose skin,” says Dr. Youn. But if injectables and fillers have left you looking puffy, or swollen, they may not be doing the job. They can’t fix loose skin like surgery can.
Kim Cattrall has been quoted saying she uses Botox to get rid of a wrinkles in her forehead.
If it’s nasolabial folds and wrinkles around your mouth that you’re most concerned about filling, collagen-stimulating injectables, like Radiesse and Sculptra Aesthetic can be used. Each functions independently to fill in wrinkles, give skin support and make new collagen in the lower levels of the skin for a more volumized, youthful look.
Full House favorite, Lori Loughlin, says the results of Botox are incredible and likens the results to looking like you just got back from vacation.
If you’re looking for an instant way to look rejuvenated , one treatment that continues to stay at the forefront is the “injectable facelift.” Also known as a “liquid lift,” these 30-minute-or-less procedures rely upon a variety of different fillers and injectables that are administered to volume-deficient facial areas for an instantaneously refreshed look. “When doing a ‘liquid lift,’ two types of fillers need to be used: structural fillers to fill in the lines and hyaluronic acid fillers to give volume,” says New York dermatologist Patricia Wexler, MD.
Virginia Madsen is so impressed with how injectables have helped her fight off the signs of aging, she has actually appeared in commercials for Botox and Juvéderm.
Juvéderm can also be used to erase nasolabial folds although this is only a quick fix. Fat injections last longer but require a liposuction-like procedure to obtain the fat from your body before it’s processed and injected.
Daisy Fuentes has been quoted saying that as long as you don’t go overboard with it, Botox has a place, in your face, as you age. And she’s right. The best way to minimize the look of crow’s-feet, which Fuentes doesn’t have, is with Botox or Dysport. “They relax the muscles around the eyes so that the crinkling you see when you smile or squint is minimized or completely smoothed out,” says Reno, NV, plastic surgeon Tiffany McCormack, MD. “There’s nothing that works quite like it,” she says.
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Courtney Thorne-Smith, another Botox brand celebrity representative, says she likes it, it works, and it’s just that simple. She’s been a fan of injections for the last 10 years. After about five years of repeated, regular injections, the skin will look softer, and there will be more collagen in the skin,” explains New Orleans dermatologist Mary Lupo, MD. “Continuing with injections of Botox or Dysport every four months or so, before there is full recurrence of muscle activity, seems to slow the progression of aging,” adds La Jolla, CA, plastic surgeon Robert Singer, MD.
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Lisa Rinna says she uses Botox every three months to ward off the hereditary scowl marks that run in her family.
Injectables and fillers can plump up wrinkles and lines in mere minutes. But if they are not done with caution, the effects can be devestating. Only seek treatment with a reputable and experienced board-certified dermatologist or facial plastic surgeon that uses FDA-approved fillers.
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