Betty Says: No Cosmetic Procedures

Say No To Botox

Looks like my “end of my 30s” post struck a nerve with some readers.

 Dear Betty,

I, too, am looking 40 in the eye, and I can’t help but notice that my face is wrinkling and sagging in ways that completely freak me out. I even cut bangs to hide these grooves in my forehead! I was considering Botox or other procedures. Have you thought about doing anything to look younger?

– Aging in Atlanta

Hi, Aging!

Let me start by saying that nobody really likes aging. Did you ever have that moment when you went to take a photo with your iPhone without realizing that it was on the self-portrait camera and nearly scared yourself to death when you saw that old person looking back at you? No? Just me then?

Ahem.

Look, I know that there are plenty of women who swear by Botox and Juvederm and whatever other fillers and freezers are out there. They’re just not for me. No, I’m not afraid of needles. I’m just afraid of the outcome.

Didn’t you ever notice that the women who get these things done don’t necessarily look younger, they just look… odd?

I can guarantee you that I don’t have the kind of money or access to high priced doctors like the celebrities do, and yet some of them look less like themselves and more like their wax models at Madame Tussaud’s.

I present the following examples against cosmetic work.

Nicole Kidman before:

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Nicole Kidman after:

via PeopleStyleWatch.com

Courteney Cox before:

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Courteney Cox after:

via WireImage.com

Now, I’m sure that for every example against, you can present me with an example of good work where the person doesn’t look harsh and pinched and scary. But the fact of the matter is that even with money and access and personal stylists to guide you in the right direction, cosmetic procedures can still end up looking very, very wrong. And frankly, I’m not willing to take that chance.

What do you think? Do you already do cosmetic procedures, or would you consider them?

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One Response

  1. Chloe says:

    It’s the lips that make them look odd. They should have left the lips alone.

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