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ANTI wrinkle injections, commonly referred to as Botox, are popular cosmetic procedure used by celebrities like Courtney Cox and Tulisa to keep skin looking refreshed and youthful.
But which celebrities have had the procedure, what do people look like before and after, how much does it cost and is it safe? Here’s everything you need to know.
Courtney Cox has previously admitted to experimenting with BotoxCredit: PA:Press Association
Which celebrities have had Botox?
Once an antidote to middle-aged wrinkles, Botox is now used by people in their twenties and thirties as an instant pick-me-up.
Celebrities are often keep tight-lipped about which cosmetic procedures they’ve had done, but some famous faces have admitted to getting Botox in the past.
Celebrities including Courtney Cox, Tulisa and Katie Price have confessed to getting Botox before
Former Friends actress Courteney Cox previously revealed that she got Botox but has had some plastic surgery regrets.
Courtney Cox has previously spoken of her experimentations with BotoxCredit: Alpha Photo Press Agency
The Friends actress, pictured here in 19968 admitted to getting anti-ageing injectionsCredit: PA:Press Association
“I would say it’s a common thing you go through as you age, especially in Hollywood,” she told People.
“You have to accept getting older, and that’s something that I had a hard time doing.
“[I tried] to keep up with time in a way that was anything other than maintenance. I didn’t realise it until one day I kind of stepped back and went, ‘Oh shit. I don’t look like myself.'”
Meanwhile N-Dubz singer and ex-X Factor judge Tulisa Contostalos also confessed to the Guardian that she relies on numerous injectable procedures to keep her youthful looks.
The former X-Factor judge was trolled for her appearance during her court case in 2014Credit: Andrew Parsons
Fresh-faced Tulisa didn’t have any filler in her face when she first started performing with N-DubzCredit: Getty – Contributor
Tulisa previously faced harsh trolls on Twitter, who claimed she looked ‘unrecognisable’ after getting work done.
Speaking to OK! about the criticism, she said: “[It’s] 100 per cent [unfair]. It’s been such a long time since my lip fillers went wrong and everyone needs to get over it.
“I’m older too, so my face is going to change. I like to do anti-ageing and muscle tightening treatments, and I keep my lip fillers up.”
The famous reality star is thought to be a fan of injectable cosmetic proceduresCredit: PA:Press Association
Kim Kardashian, pictured here in 2006, has admitted to getting Botox in the past
Meanwhile there has been much speculation over whether the women of the Kardashian family rely on injected skin-smoothing treatments to boost their complexions.
In an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians from 2010, Kim admitted to getting anti-wrinkle treatments.
The Loose Woman co-host is open about being a fan of both Botox and dermal filler and regularly shares her procedures on social media with a series of candid shots.
Speaking to the Mail Online, she said: “I’ve had Botox, everyone knows that, but I’m natural. I’ve never been one to wear make-up.
“You don’t need surgery to make yourself look younger, just change your hair colour.”
Katie is candid about her use of Botox and often lets the world know about her love of cosmetic procedures on InstagramCredit: Instagram.com/katieprice/
Fresh-faced Katie, pictured here in 2001, was all natural Credit: PA:Press Association
Other celebrities who admitted to using Botox to keep their faces line-free are Pamela Anderson, Cindy Lauper, Katie Price and TOWIE’s Bobby Norcross.
How does Botox work?
Botox is the trade name for anti-wrinkle substance injected into the skin.
It is used to inhibit muscle movement which helps prevent wrinkles from developing or worsening. Cosmetic Botox injections work by blocking the nerve signals to certain muscles.
Injectable Botox inhibits muscles from moving, stopping wrinkles from developing or deepeningCredit: Alamy
The muscles then become more relaxed, which reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the skin.
The name ‘Botox’ actually comes from the word ‘botulous’ – which means sausage, so called because the substance is related to a natural poison found in bad meat products.
• Botox is the most popular cosmetic surgery treatment – with over a whopping six million Botox treatments administered every year.
• Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Clostridium botulinum – an organism found in the natural environment where it is pretty much inactive and non-toxic.
• People are also fans Botox for its ability to treat excessive sweating, migraines, muscular disorders, and some bladder and bowel disorders.
How much does Botox cost?
The NHS website estimate each botulinum toxin injection costs £150-£350 per session.
However, while NHS provides Botox for certain conditions, they aren’t funded if they’re purely for cosmetic reasons.
In the US, use among women aged 19 to 35 has risen by 41 per cent in the past six years.
UK practitioners have seen a similar trend.
Is Botox safe?
Botox is safe and used commonly not only for aesthetic purposes but also for other conditions like excessive sweating.
That said, you should always make sure any injectable treatment is undertaken by a medical professional.
Someone with medical training like a nurse, dentist or cosmetic surgeon will know what amount to inject and which areas it is safe to do so into.
Failure to see a qualified specialist could result in asymmetric results, muscle drooping, frozen expressions as well as various other dangerous consequences.
The NHS outlines a list of risks associated with getting Botox, which include:
- Flu-like symptoms – including a headache – for the first 24 hours after treatment
- Bruising at the injection site
- Temporary weakness and droopiness of your facial features – for example, eyelids or eyebrows may droop temporarily if the injected medicine moves into these areas
- Your body developing resistance to the treatment if it’s repeated too frequently
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