Hollywood Star Wants to Ban Botox for Actors

harpersbazaarIt’s no secret that many Hollywood stars and starlets are frequent customers of the top plastic and cosmetic surgeons in the country. While some go under the knife to get rid of unwanted pounds, get breast implants or get a facelift, others stick to less-invasive procedures in order to maintain a more natural, youthful appearance.

Botox continues to be a popular procedure for actors and actresses who want to get rid of deep lines and wrinkles on their forehead, but for some, the injections turn into an addiction where the patient continues to get treatments well after results have been achieved. The treatment takes only a few minutes to perform, and provides instant results. It’s not only popular in Hollywood, but also is the most sought-after minimally-invasive procedure in the United States. Now, one Hollywood actress wants to ban Botox use among all actors and actresses, claiming that it is like “steroids are for sportsmen.”

Does Botox give actors, actresses and models an unfair advantage in an image-conscious industry? Actress Rachel Weisz seems to think so.

According to a recent article in Harper’s Bazaar UK, Rachel Weisz points out that good acting requires the use of genuine expressions. Using Botox “irons out” the frown and makes people look very artificial. Ms. Weisz also reports that she is much more comfortable acting and presenting herself in England rather than the “appearance obsessed” United States.

Experts say a Botox does have the potential to fuel an addiction. A study conducted by Dr Carter Singh, a psychologist at Britain's Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, and plastic surgeon Martin Kelly,  of London Plastic Surgery Associates in 2006 reports that many patients return to the office well before the effects of the treatment have been worn off, and continue to demand additional injections. The study found that four in ten people who use Botox end up having a compulsion to have more Botox on a regular basis. (Source: ConsumerAffairs.com)

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