Is Hollywood Botox Toxic to Careers?
By Ben Widdicombe Posted Apr 4th 2010 01:00PM
And nobody wants an actor who can't move her face.
Jennifer Aniston, 41, has set off new interest in the subject by telling UK Harper' Bazaar that she wouldn't mind having Botox herself. "I could do it, and I mean these lines are getting deeper every day," she told the magazine.
However New York's top plastic surgeon tells PopEater: "If you wait until your forties to start having this done, the horse has already left the barn."
Dr. Robert Grant, Plastic Surgeon-in-Chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and Weill Cornell Medical Center, actually treats some of the actresses you read about in the tabloids (although, of course, he won't confirm which ones.)
"Women in Hollywood are getting procedures earlier and younger than the average cosmetic patient," he says, noting that early use of Botox is believed by some to help prevent wrinkles from forming. "You need to begin a global approach to aging in your twenties, or even as a teenager, using sunblock, seeing an aesthetician, applying topical remedies to rejuvenate skin to keep it as healthy as it can be."
But he adds: "We want to be able to not over-treat people so they don't have the ability to emote."
Botox is Hollywood's pretty poison: It is a toxin that reduces lines by immobilizing facial muscles. Nicole Kidman, 42, is often considered to be a cautionary tale about the dangers of using too much of it, with her face seemingly frozen. But in 2007 she denied having had any procedures whatsoever, telling Marie Claire magazine, "I am completely natural." Her denial was met with some incredulity: This recent article in the UK Daily Mail headlined "Nicole Kidman Turning Into A Bat-Face" is more typical of the media's usual tone on the subject.
Oscar-winner Cher, 63, is another star whose undeniable talent as an actress seems to have been undermined by too many trips to the plastic surgeon.
Casting agent Matthew Messinger says, "There have been a couple of times in recent memory when the actress I would suggest for a role had recently had work done that so altered the her face, that the producer would pass on making them an offer. It's not common, but it has happened."
However Messinger says cosmetic procedures are not the only option.
"I understand why they do it to stay viable and stay in the game, but I honestly deplore most of it -- Botox and bad lifts -- because in addition to erasing lines, it erases emotion and subtle expression," he says. "Cheers to the bravery and talent of actresses like Maggie Smith and Liv Ullmann!"
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