Over at The Huffington Post, Adrien Field, a young man in his early 20s, writes about getting Juvederm, an injectable line-filler to improve smile wrinkles—not, he insists, because he feels he’s aging, but rather because he’s genetically predisposed to nasolabial folds. Adrien knows women in their early 20s who have gotten Botox injections and his doctor confirms that it’s not uncommon to see men and women of Field’s age in his office: “It’s very interesting to see how — I’ve been in practice for 15 years — and the people coming in have been getting younger. If someone is in their late 20′s — it would almost be a case where normally I’d never have to do anything for someone that young, but if they happened to have spent time in the sun, if they happen to have very light skin, then it’s beneficial to do minor things: chemical peels, injectables, etc.” Keep reading »
Recently it seems that high heels are causing more trouble than ever. From all this news about stilettos causing health problems and ladies getting crazy foot surgery, you’d think that women would just give up and switch to flats. Alas, pumps will never go out of style, and ladies will never stop enduring the pain to wear them. The latest craze in combat is injecting collagen into the balls of one’s feet. The protein (same kind as the one that plumps lips) forms a cushioned pad on the bottom of the foot, supposedly making stilettos and the like feel more comfortable. [Ugh, sort of like those Dr. Scholl's pads you can buy. In your foot. -- Editor] In Britain, reports the Daily Mail, “Doctors say that the number of women opting to have collagen feet fillers has increased five-fold in the last year.”
The collagen pads only last for a couple of months, so you need to keep coming back for more. What’s worse? Sticking a needle into the bottom of your foot every two or three months or enduring the pain of 5-inchers for two or three hours? [Daily Mail] Keep reading »
For better or worse, plastic surgery—both in its most extreme (Jocelyn Wildenstein) and subtler (Megan Fox) forms—is fully entrenched in modern day society. In fact, Botox gatherings have replaced Tupperware parties, celebrities flaunt face-lifts on the red carpet and it’s become downright acceptable in plenty of circles. But no matter how you feel about plastic surgery, a recent paper that appeared in the Journal of Evolution and Technology brings up an angle we hadn’t considered. Reports The New York Times today:
…the doctoral candidate says plastic surgery throws a monkey wrench (sorry) into the Darwinian process of selecting the best genes to proliferate the species — since people who otherwise might not have been perceived as desirable mates for procreation allow themselves to be perceived as desirable enough to pass on their genes.
Let’s take a closer look. Keep reading »
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to look your best and taking pride in your appearance. But looking your best has been taken to a new extreme, as more people are opting to get cosmetic surgery and enhancements — after they’re dead. Morticians are getting an increase in requests in cosmetic procedures when it comes to how the the deceased will look like at the funeral. The requests have included lip plumping, smoothing wrinkles and even boosting sagging parts. People are making advanced arrangements for these final procedures to be done for the viewing at their funerals. Is it that serious? Keep reading »
A couple of years ago, when I was a freelance writer, I got Botox. I was working on a story for a women’s magazine in the U.K. about “ageorexia” — women in their 20′s and early 30′s who were getting anti-aging treatments and surgeries as a preventative measure rather than as maintenance. While I interviewed a number of women about the subject, I also thought it was a good opportunity to do a little Gonzo-style journalism and get a cosmetic procedure myself. Keep reading »