Filipino singing sensation Charice recently made the news… not because she went on tour, but because she went to get Botox! What in the world would make this beautiful 18-year old think that she needs Botox?
Keep Reading to find out…
Botox Is Famous For Fighting Wrinkles…
Nearly 30% of people who receive Botox are under the age of 30. Put that together with our youth-obsessed culture, the easy-access allure of cosmetic spas, and the proven track record of safety, and it’s no wonder why everyone wants to give Botox a shot (pun intended).
Botox is botulinum toxin, which works on the nerve endings in muscle tissue to promote paralysis. The muscles that we love to paralyze are the procerus (which causes the horizontal wrinkles between your eyes), the corrugators (which cause the vertical wrinkles between your eyes), the frontalis (which causes the horizontal wrinkles on your forehead), and the obicularis oculi (which causes those nasty Crow’s Feet).
All these little muscles work to let your emotions come through in your facial expressions, but over time, they also cause all those lines on your brow that none of us want to see.
But That’s Not All It Does…
Even though Botox is most famous for being a wrinkle fighter, that’s not the only thing it can do. If muscle contraction is causing a problem, chances are that Botox injections can help. Some of these muscle problems are “cosmetic” and some aren’t.
- Overactive Jaw Muscles: Have you ever known someone who clenches their teeth at night? Or even during the daytime? If you ask around, you’re sure to find someone who suffers from jaw pain because of this. People who do this chronically can actually grind down their teeth from the tremendous force of the masseter muscle, which is the strongest muscle in the face! Botox can take some of the force out of the muscle contractions and alleviate some of the pain associated with this problem.
- Bulky Jaw Muscles: A classic example of a “bulky” jaw is Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel. Bethenny is a gorgeous NYC girl, but her jaw is definitely the most noticeable feature of her face, which is probably not what she would prefer that we all notice. Bethenny probably has an overgrown (hypertrophied) masseter muscle, which is, at least in part, giving her that square masculine jaw. Repeated Botox injections can do wonders to soften the contour of her jaw as the masseter muscle become paralyzed and shrinks over time.
- Inactive Muscles: Anyone unlucky enough to experience Bell’s Palsy, which is a temporary (and sometimes permanent) paralysis of the facial nerve, will also appreciate the effects of Botox. You might now think Botox would help in a situation like this, but think again. Careful and selective Botox injections on the unaffected side of the face can be used to make the face more symmetrical until the palsy side regains function, or indefinitely if function doesn’t return. The same goes for permanent traumatic nerve injuries to the face.
Botox has also been used to treat tension headaches, overactive sphincter muscles in the esophagus, and to treat excessive sweating in the armpits, hands and feet… just to name a few more non-wrinkle-related uses.
So, Why Would An 18-Year Old Like Charice Get Botox?
I can’t speak for every 18-year old, but Charice’s alleged reason for getting injected has some merit. She’s vying for a spot on Glee, and she wants to look as young as possible for her appearance. What could possibly be keeping an 18-year old girl from looking young you ask? The shape of her face…
Charice has a very square face, which is the shape that the face takes on naturally as we get older. When we’re young, our faces are much more triangle, or “heart-shaped” because the soft tissues are supported over our cheekbones. As we get older, those tissues descend and turn the heart into a square. This is one of the most recognizable changes in the aging process (along with wrinkles), and it’s certainly not helping Charice right now!
It’s not that Charice looks “old”, because she doesn’t. It’s that she looks “older” than other girls in her position, and in the eyes of some cultures, she may look “less attractive” because of the shape of her face. And with truly global exposure nowadays, celebs like Charice want to be as attractive as possible in as many cultures as possible!
Charice is likely getting Botox for the same reason Bethenny Frankel should get it… to shrink her bulky masseter muscle and soften the contour of her jawline, which is a very reasonable thing for her to do given her celebrity status and the minimal risk involved. There’s a good chance that it will give her the heart-shaped look that’s she’s after, and not much of chance that she’ll have a problem from the treatment.
Is She Too Young?
So, how young is too young? That’s a tough question to answer, and it depends on the situation. In Charice’s case, I think it’s reasonable to give it a shot… pun intended again 🙂 It may very well enhance her career with very little risk, and minimal cost. The only problem may be that she develops a tolerance to the drug from using it long term (assuming that it works to soften her jawline), but you can easily make the argument for her to cross that bridge when she comes to it.
What do you think of Charice’s decision to go for Botox?
Nicholas Vendemia, M.D. Plastic Surgeon, New York City MAS / Manhattan Aesthetic Surgery www.ManhattanAestheticSurgery.com
Photo Credit: KTLA
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