Celebrities face a conundrum when it comes to cosmetic procedures, as they are scrutinized for showing the slightest signs of aging and yet need to retain their familiar faces for the public, making invasive procedures an impractical option. As a result, it should come as no surprise that many turn to Botox injections for a younger-looking appearance while retaining trademark features.
The latest celebrity to come out as a regular Botox user is Two and a Half Men star Courtney Thorne-Smith, who recently told People magazine that the procedure is well-suited for her and her personal needs.
The 44-year-old actress said she’s been getting the treatment for the past 10 years and that she has yet to experience any kind of facial stiffness or loss of expression. Thorne-Smith said that some good skin care products and Botox have helped her age gracefully.
“My hope is that if I take good care of my skin and use Botox, I won’t have to use anything else,” said Thorne-Smith, quoted by the news source. “Never say never. I always want to look like myself – that’s key for me. I don’t want to look like a different person, I don’t want my face frozen.”
Unlike operations like face lifts and nose jobs, people in the public eye are often willing to admit that they use non-invasive procedures like Botox and laser skin rejuvenation, for instance. Perhaps this is why Botox has become the most popular cosmetic procedure in the U.S., according to TheHealthGuide.org. The website reports that the number of individuals getting the treatment has risen by nearly 500 percent over the past decade.
Other celebrities that have helped normalize Botox include Brooke Shields, Courteney Cox, Vanessa Williams and Jennie Garth, according to People. The news source spoke with healthcare providers in Los Angeles and New York City, who estimated that about three quarters of stars older than 35 have had Botox treatments.
“Such a large segment of the population is getting Botox now, it doesn’t have the same stigma as it did in the past,” says New York City-based dermatologist Neil Sadick, M.D.
Additionally, People reported that as dermatologists become more familiar with Botox and similar treatments, they are able to avoid the “frozen forehead” look.