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A Wrinkle In The Botox Craze: Wiping Away Smiles And Scowls

Dominique Browning on Botox Nation — what happens when a society wipes away its smiles and scowls along with its wrinkles?

Botox is all the rage. Here, a woman receives a free injection of the anti-wrinkle drug after a job fair.  (AP)

Botox is all the rage. Here, a woman receives a free injection of the anti-wrinkle drug at a Virginia facility after a job fair. (AP)

Dominique Browning has worked in glossy magazine land most of her life. She was editor of House and Garden. Knows perfectly primped homes and landscapes very well.

And then there’s the issue of human faces. Browning has been out around the country looking at American faces. And too many these days, she says, are Botoxed into blankness.

Injected and nipped and tucked until they can’t even express simple emotion anymore. A little is okay, she says. But enough is enough. And we’re there.

Let’s show our age.

This hour On Point: Dominique Browning says we’ve gone to far with Botox.

- Tom Ashbrook


Dominique Browning, author, journalist, blogger. Former editor of House & Garden magazine, she now blogs for Moms Clean Air Force and Slow Love Life. Her May 26 essay in the New York Times was titled “The Case for Laugh Lines.”

David Neal, professor of psychology at the University of Southern California. He co-authored, with Duke University Professor Tanya Chartrand, a just-released study on Botox users. “Embodied Emotion Perception” contains some pretty fascinating findings about Botox recipients and their emotions.

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  • Stillin

    I think that’s called wiping out your history. sad.

    • Terry Tree Tree

      Wouldn’t it be faster, cheaper, safer, to buy a mask?  Same fixed-face, but far easier to remove, if you want to appear human again! 

      • asongbird

        It is s kind of mask, isn’t it? to hide a “self” ….

      • Philip

        Heh… Abre Los Ojos/Vanilla Sky

  • N.

    It leads to a subtle inability to read each other’s emotions, is what it does, which in turn effects how we respond to one another. Oh vanity!

  • Amy

    We were at a restaurant in DC recently, and at first thought the hostess was just really grumpy.  Then I noticed that she had no natural lines on her face and realized she was not grumpy, just Botoxed to the point of no emotion. How sad.

  • http://twitter.com/twosidesormore twosidesormore

    I usually love you, but this show on botox sounds already like irrelevant noise for the bulk of us, audience.

    I don’t see much botox at my  local 7/11 or gas station here in Somerville. maybe your guest should start hanging out with real people….?

  • Nancy CaraDonna

    What does Botox do to muscle atrophy?  It seems like it puts women on the plastic surgery merry-go-round as they lose more and more muscle tone and need surgery to correct that!  I’m an artist and it’s ugly to look at these blank staring faces! 

  • Becky in Vermont

    I LOVE this topic! I turn 40 in about 40 days – I am happy to show my age…. age & beauty & wisdom go together! Why do people feel the need to be “fake”, does it start with the “Ken & Barbie”s ?….the Disney “Princesses”, or the “over expossure” in our society? As a child I loved the brown wrinkles on my Grandma’s face, can’t we enjoy the beaty of age? The soft face & warm eyes – we need this aspect in our society.

  • asongbird

    If only we would learn the wisdom of growing into
    better versions ourselves internally with each passing year, we
    wouldn’t be caring so much about the superficial. But, ah, what am I
    saying? we are in America, where immaturity is the norm.

  • asongbird

    If only we would learn the wisdom of growing into
    better versions of ourselves internally with each passing year, we
    wouldn’t be caring so much about the superficial. But, ah, what am I
    saying? we are in America, where immaturity is the norm.

  • Byoola

    i agree that the botox/filler mask is incredibly creepy and what strikes me most is that the person themself does not see how weird they look – is there something that happens when the botox/fillers start to wear off that makes the face looks worse (than before) somehow and causes them to do it over and over again?

    • Dr Carol

      The muscle weakening effect of Botox lasts 3-4 months. When done regularly, the muscle is not given a chance to get strong again and the interval between treatments can be lengthened to as much as 8- 10 months. When it wears off the muscle will regenerate back to the previous status. Filler too will be absorbed in various time periods, depending on the brand. They do stimulate the body to produce some of its own collagen, so some fullness may remain after the product itself is absorbed.

  • Diana

    I feel sorry for the young people of today who are told that they are fine looking and yet they see their parents by their actions say you have to be perfect to be fine.  Such as coloring their hair, and other things like the Botox.  I am proud that I have grey hair and my laugh lines.  It is the zest for life that is the most important and how we are as humans.

    Diana from Nashville

  • Rjmedia

    When I see a face with that Joker-like Joan Rivers smile, bulging cheekbones, and puffed-up lips, I cringe over this new face of old age.  They’re not fooling anyone, and just look ridiculous.  Had this reaction seeing Barbara Sinatra’s face in this past Sunday’s NYT Magazine.

  • OUCH!

    There are medical uses for botox for intractable muscle spasm related to spinal disease that are NOT allowed in the US. The Civilized World has real medical uses for its use.

    • Beth

      Actually, I have a good friend who gets botox injections to alleviate migraine pain, and most insurance providers now cover it for therapeutic use.  There’s hope for it as a non-face-freezer yet!

    • Dr Carol

      Botox is used for lots of medical problems. First discovered in the 1940s, EYEMDs tried to use it to treat cross eyed people. Because Botox must be repeated every 3-4 months , this treatment didn’t fly. Then they used it to treat a terrible condition where the eyelids spasm shut, leaving the person essentially blind. Botox is routinely used to weaken the muscle closing the eyes to give the patient a life again. Botox is also used to treat migraine, Torticollis (neck spasms), TMJ and the limbs of cerebral palsy patients. 

  • Philip

    You know… it’s only at a certain income level and above that you have this problem.
    Maybe if we let rich people do this to themselves… it’s just allowing the shallowness inside to show through.

  • Dave

    I suspect this “problem” is a regional one, and a problem of the affluent.
    Is it mostly seen in Manhattan and Beverly Hills?  I am a middle class guy in New Hampshire, and I can honestly say that I don’t know anybody who uses botox, or plastic surgery.  I’m not sure I’d recognize it if I did see it.

  • Mary Claire

    As a portrait photographer I work with so many women from mid thirties to my age..late fifties who are unhappy with their faces or looks.  They are so focused on the wrinkles and the droops that they overlook the beautiful.  I work hard to make them comfortable with themselves and try to photograph that energy and beauty.  Everyonce in a while some one will say, you did a great job but I look awful maybe I need to use botox.   We are so focused on our imperfections that we fail to appreciate our own beauty.  I don’t know whether it is our embrace of the youth culture or our fear of aging but I find it disturbing. Thank you Dominique for raising this issue in our over botoxed expressionless world.  

  • SMK

    Response to Dominique: yes, when you can afford cosmetic procedures like botox but choose not to do so, you are taking a stance. What is wrong with that? 

  • Alice

    One of my best friends got a face lift recently and I have found it permanently disturbing to look at her.  She has lost her ability to look sympathetic–that little crinkling of the eyes that makes middle aged women able to make others feel understood.  She looks hard and unfeeling which is actually the opposite of her personality!  I’d hate to go through my later life being misjudged as she will be.

  • Bring back the 70s!

    I was a teenager in the 70s, and I truly thought that makeup, shaving, and going to the hairdresser once a week were all part of the past. I see Botox as part of the whole package of what’s “expected” of women these days — pedicures, manicures, bikini waxing, hair coloring, etc. etc.

    I don’t actually know anyone who’s gotten Botox, I have to say, but I think the actresses I’ve seen with Botox look terrible!

    I’m especially concerned about the effect on babies and children, as has been mentioned. As it is, many of their parents are on the cell phone while alone with them, and already not interacting enough.

  • Sarahrisher

    Ms Browning just said by not doing Botox a woman is almost making a statement – “I don’t want to be beautiful, I want to age.” What? If I don’t do Botox I can’t be beautiful? Rubbish.

    • Terry Tree Tree

      I have seen a lot ov VERY beautiful women that didn’t even use cosmetics as they aged.

  • Maggie

    I am in my late 30s, and have rosacea and dark dark circles under my eyes. A few laser treatments on my cheeks, one restylane treatment under my eyes, and a smidge of Botox above my outer eye, and I look more refreshed. I don’t expect to never age, but these minor treatments have left me with the same amount of expression, less tired eyes, and I finally don’t have to use makeup to cover my red cheeks. If done properly, and conservatively by a skilled dermatologist, these treatments can be truly wonderful

    • Terry Tree Tree

      Maggie,  For conditions such as yours, and accident victims, etc…., few would object to your efforts to not appear ‘abnormal’, or worse.  Glad you didn’t lose expressiveness.

  • Kim

    What bothers me the most about this is the emphasis on the superficial. When I look at people, the lasting memory of them is their inner beauty and the little mannerisms they have that make them unique and special. This surface level preoccupation is percolating down to our youngsters. Girls in grade school are getting their nails done, their hair highlighted and dressing like rock stars. Their mothers are encouraging this obsession with how they appear in their FB profile pic, rather than showing them how beauty is more than skin deep and learning how to be comfortable with who we are is one of the most valuable lessons we can learn.

  • Stevie

    By embracing a less expressive look, are we bridging the gap between us and artificial intelligence?

    • Lessismore519

      Yes I wondered about how the current monitorized generation is affected.  I am told by colleagues who teach online courses that students who are less and less able to discuss anything in the classroom are more articulate on line.  the juxtaposition with not being able to read others’ emotions because a botoxed face is immobilized is fascinating.

  • Janmcginn

    My two word reminder to those who are reluctant to show their age: Jessica Tandy.

  • Jemimah

    Only a bad Botox job makes ones face immobile…and I’m frowning as I say that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joseph-Rice/100000693874282 Joseph Rice

    I have no first (or even second-hand experience) with botox, or real interest, but even so I thought we had been over this ground already – it seems this book and author are not only a bit late to the game, but she doesn’t even seem to offer anything particularly new or insightful. Perhaps her career in glossy magazines was a form of intellectual botox?

    • Laura from Lincoln

      Lots of important ideas need to be reiterated: how often does a parent need to say “brush your teeth” before the habit takes root?  As different people grow older, they start to think about Botox and the advertisements and peer pressure needs to be refuted again and again. 

  • Maryann

    Is this particularly American and not as true in Europe?  I am thinking particularly about the film industry – it seems to me that European actresses generally seem to age gracefully and naturally while Americans begin alterations in their 30s or 40s.

    • Dr Carol

      Major plastic surgery contributions were from the French. Subtle, well done work is just that: subtle and well done…so the person “ages” more slowly and beautifully

  • David

    I work at a high end boutique in a wealthy Boston suburb. There are a lot of cosmetic alterations passing through our doors. I have noticed that the older generations who have gone the plastic surgery route keep going for more fixes and extreme tweaks, while younger people are starting earlier in age with less invasive procedures (peels, injections, lasers etc.) They usually retain an expressive and normal appearance, while the older generation turns more into skewed versions of themselves.

  • Christina

    The main reason that I am considering certain cosmetic procedures for my face is that there is too much expression on my face and not in a positive way.  Always being asked “are you tired?” or “are you sad/depressed/stressed?” when none of this is true is NOT pleasant for me.  I would much rather be perceived as “emotion-less” than tired and stressed.

    • Terry Tree Tree

      Christina,  Could I talk you into reading joke books, thinking about pleasant things, remembering funny incidents, for three months, before you “Immobilize” your emotions? 

    • Dr Carol

      Well done Botox does not immobilize your face. It softens the wrinkles so that you do not look tired and angry. People DO react more positively to you and you react well when you look in the mirror! Now that is a great (non) viscious cycle!

  • Cody in Nashville

    i sent a face book I call it the “Photoshop effect” where people look into a magazine and see the images and the flat face, and the stare.  they idealize the images in the magazines, and they feel they need to look that way to “fit into” a subculture of the “young.”

  • Hollis

    As a writer I find the idea of botoxing away the evidence of our emotions on our faces very disturbing.  In all art we use the subtleties of the face to communicate what goes on below the surface.  Without these telltale (literally) facial expressions art in its many forms would die a quick death.  

  • Lindsay

    I have a close relative who has botoxed, filled and altered her face over the years.  I recently saw her after not having seen her in person for two years.  Her face was so distorted that I couldn’t even comfortably look at her when talking.  I then reflected on my mom and dad’s aging and lined faces and realized how much I love looking at them.  That was my “aha” moment.  I want my children to love to look at me.  At age 50, I often feel self-conscious about my aging face, but I think of my children, my friends – they all want to see the familiar face they love.  It lets me smile and be comfortable in my skin.

    • Tanya

      I love this comment! I am only 28 and starting to feel some discomfort with the deep lines appearing on my forehead. But then I look at my mother-in-law– her wrinkles are so beautiful! They show a life of love, happiness and gratifying, hard work! My husband sometimes confides that his enjoys “really” looking at a person you know closesly and seeing them in a new way. He does it with his mom too and he sees the same things that I do.

       I get sad when my mother gets insecure about aging (she gets it from her mom.) She looks nearly half her age but I think its made her vain. Now she’s going for facials and perhaps it makes a minute difference but I wish she’d spend her money on something that made a major difference, like the creation of a new wondeful memory or an enriching skill! I love my mom but I fear the day she will start judging my wrinkles as ugly. Perhaps she has already.

  • Sufishiraz

    This isn’t all about vanity. I have no desire to look young, but sometimes think about undergoing botox or plastic surgery for professional reasons. There is pressure not to be perceived as “old” with old school thinking in the workplace, and people do respond differently if they perceive you as “tired”/ 

  • Pamela

    I was delivering a diversity training program once to a group which was very non-responsive. I tried every thing I could think of to get them engaged, but the whole time they sat quietly, with blank expressions on their faces.  By the end of the training, I was exhausted from trying so hard to get them interested.

    I was so surprised when the class was over:  overwhelmingly, they told me, with great enthusiasm, that they loved the training and they loved every bit of it. 

    After digging around and reflecting on the experience, I found out that they were all Ph.D. economists and researchers and that their work was very solitary (mostly report reading and writing). 

    My guess is that they were probably also introverts and that social skills were not a high priority skill set for these folks.  I learned a lot from this experience, regarding how important facial affect is when we are (usually subconsciously) evaluating someone’s response to a situation.

  • Evie frost

    In a society so profoundly about the superficial – how we look, where we live, whom we know, how much we earn, etc. Is it surprising that many are worried about growing old wrinkle free. If the most thout consuming issues are centered on how we look we are indeed a frivolous society!

  • liz

    I don’t think you can talk about botox without mentioning the numbers that dye their hair as well. We seem to indeed be the habuki society, rushing to alter our appearances as quickly as we can, running form the beautiful aging process. Imagine seeing a tight face, striped hair, and looking down to find a woman with a terribly wrinkled hands, neck and barely able to be mobile, weird as well as frightening.

  • Gail

    Since I was in my 20′s I have said that wrinkles would be my badge of honor for having lived my life.  I’m in my 60′s now and still believe that’s true.  It might not be so thrilling to be sagging a little but it doesn’t have anything to do with whether I have a happy life.

  • Beth

    I think it’s interesting that there’s not been much discussion about the fact that people aren’t just injecting themselves with plastic, as the guest noted earlier. They’re voluntarily injecting themselves with a neurotoxin. A neurotoxin! I keep wanting to know how people are so sure that the botox will stay localized to the injection site and not enter circulation.

  • ymc

    Memento mori.

  • Whitefringedboots

    An elderly relative (in her 70′s or 80′s)  has gone to plastic surgeons because of a drooping eyelid.  In at least two circumstances the doctor talked to her about the other surgery he would like to perform on her face instead of just focusing on her only complaint.

  • Greenuity

    Illuminating observations that help unpack some causes of the pervasive deficits of self-love which motivate compulsive reliance on Botox treatments!

  • Deborah

    There was a comment made on the radio that there must be another way, and there is! It is not necessarily a quick fix as botox would be, and unfortunately many people in our society are looking for a quick fix, but it works! The muscles do get slack as we age bringing along less circulation to the skin. There are books on natural facelifts that show and describe facial exercises you can do to get and keep a firm face and neck area. Also there are natural facial moisturizers that if used on a daily basis can keep ones face looking smooth. I do both and am an example that it works! And with no bad side effects! This is similar to how people immediately go to chemical drugs to get better, only the side effects make them worse after a temporary time of feeling better, when there are many natural healing techniques that may not be as quick or effortless but go to the source of the problem, not just covering up the symptoms, and without the negative and sometimes even fatal side effects.

  • Tanya

    I would not want to have a daughter if she was going to grow up in a society of artificial beauty where she would be perceived old and ugly when she was really healthy and beautiful.

    I reject it. This is war for me. If I’m going to have a daughter someday, I don’t want these kind of pressure for her.

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  • Ski Maniac

    As with everything in life, there are healthy ways to do things and unhealthy ways to do things.  Is botox intrinsically bad?  I think not.  Who cares if someone else wants to address their wrinkles in a way that makes that person feel good?  Can it be pathological, absolutely yes. Does America have big body dysmorphic issues- again yes.  Still I think some people don’t like it when others use botox because in comparison it makes them feel older in apperance than their peers.  Personally I feel I have earned my face.  I’m 52, take excellant care of myself, am extremely fit & look much younger naturally.  And I like it.  I don’t dye my hair which is barely grey, and as a redhead it’s hard to notice.  Why would dying my hair be any different?  While I have yet to be confronted with these types of decisions (hair dye, botox) I am proud of my age and how I look.  Anyone who cares about decisions I make if I go botox (doubtful as that seems now) or dye my hair- well all I can say is that says something about them, not me.

  • Brett

    In my day, we had Bo Diddley! …These days, it’s too much Botox and not enough Bo Diddley, IMHO! 

  • Pudyson

    Considering that social intercourse today is faceless, through FACEBOOK, TWITTER, text messaging, it is probably of no import whether or not one has had a facelift. What about the fact that 20 & 30 year olds have the same blond, straight, long hair and all have the same whitened and straightened teeth.  The sameness of looks, be they celebrity or the rich young is totally BORING!

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  • Amorees

    I think Ms. Browning does little but make the situation WORSE, by getting on a national radio show and saying things like, “Well you know.. I’m not talking about the average lift…I’m talking about too much.” Ummm… aren’t those of us who are SANE thinking that ANYTHING is too much?!?! She draws a line between “having work done” and calls it “gorgeous work” versus “going too far”. I’m sorry but having your face injected with poison or cut up is not something you can do just a LITTLE. Leave your face alone!!!

  • Anonymous

    Why are you even talking about this, Tom? Indulging high-brow, pretentious, narssisists is a total waste of time. Optional and vain plastic surgery? C’mon now. There is a whole “real world” out there. How about a show about how plastic surgeons use the money they make from these idiots to finance pro bono reconstructive plastic surgery for war/crime victims and people born with facial deformities. Disappointed.

  • steve

    One of On Point’s least satisfying shows I’ve ever heard. Please do a show on that woman from Vermont who called in to gloat about her good fortune to be healthy, financially and socially secure, and “not very wrinkled,” and who was eager to rub our (supposedly-Botoxed) faces in it. (And Ms Browning went on to call her take on things “perfect”? Yikes.) Thanks, at least, to Mr Ashbrook for sarcastically asking the woman from Vermont if we should all move to Vermont.

  • Jkloster

    The solution is quite simple.  Have less mirrors that reflect your changes  and focus on others more.  When you are concerned about doing good works (in the myriad ways that exist) then you focus on yourself less and hence won’t be worrying about another  piddly wrinkle.  Take the focus off yourself and strive to enjoy life …..in the myriad ways that exist for exameple noticing natural beauty more!  It’s easy.   Try it!

  • Marilyn

    Most unscientific program. Most important point is that the loss of collagen, fat, etc which contributes to “wrinkles”  is due to accumulated DNA damage from repetitive Ultaviolet radiation, i.e. sun.    The ” boomers”  are  prematurely aged frequently because of their sun habits.  The monk is a well published story of the no wrinkles because of their avoidance of the sun.       In agreement,……     Any procedure not done correctly will not enhance appearance. 
    More importantly,  tanning parlors & sunburns in the younger generation should be the focus of our attention.  The lady from Vermont sounds as if she practiced sun sensibility.
    I love this program,  but it was painful to hear such inaccurate comments.    As for the author, It is always easy to criticize some one else actions,  but each person has very different life challenges as well as blessings/advantages.

    • steve

      Right on, Marilyn: “each person has very different life challenges as well as blessings/advantages.” Well said. We should all remember that always.

  • http://whilewestillhavetime.blogspot.com John Hamilton

    The guest referred to “Gurumayi” “Chidvilasananda” (formerly Malti Shetty), head of the SYDA Foundation (Siddha Yoga) as an example of “monks” who never need plastic surgery, because they always look young. She might be surprised to find out that said guru has indeed had plastic surgery, on her cheekbones and nose. at least according to former devotees. You can Google Gurumayi plastic surgery and find out for yourself. “Gurumayi” will be 56 years old this month. She ages just like the rest of us. 

    This is not a meaningless point. This is the same guru that was written about in “Eat Pray Love.” The gullible and not-so-gullible can be easily taken in, especially in vulnerable points in their lives, and credibility is given to these supposed enlightened beings by naive and uncritical celebrities. I suggest anyone interested in the endless beauty and spiritual power of this particular guru might want to check out the website “Leaving Siddha Yoga.” 

    This is not to say meditation and other spiritual practices have no benefit for preserving one’s appearance. The low stress and increased harmony with the world around you are the best things you can do to maintain a youthful zest for life, and it reflects in how you look. The Dalai Lama and genuine monks of his and many other traditions are indeed living examples of looking forever young. We just need to exercise a bit of caution in who we set up as models of greatness.

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  • TomK in Boston

    This is so funny – I’m an aging boomer and I don’t know ONE person who has “enhanced” their appearance. We sure do have different subcultures. There may be a “botox craze” somewhere, but I wouldn’t know unless you told me.

    • rrr

      You THINK you don’t know. Obviously the object is to look like you haven’t had anything done, and no one will tell you they did. If they have, they will lie about it.

  • Rachel

    I think there needs to be clarification – people who do too many cosmetic procedures or too much of one cosmetic procedure, might have a problem. Excessiveness in any area is usually not good. It’s up to individuals to take responsibility if they have problem – just like the person who drinks too much, eats too much, etc..

    Secondly – America isn’t anymore or less superficial than other countries or other humans around the world. Dust off your passport and take a trip down to Brazil or to Spain or any number of countries where beauty is coveted just as it is here.

    Third, studies have been done on monkeys and beauty. A monkey will go without food in order to stare at another monkey it considers beautiful. I don’t think humans are any different. Sorry, I don’t like the way nature made these cruel rules, but I can’t change them and neither can you. We like to look at beautiful people. Even people in Mensa like to look at beautiful people.

    Men choose women as partners mostly based on looks, not brains. Again, I didn’t decide this and I’m not happy about it, but guys don’t whistle at girls walking down the street because they have high IQs. Again, nature is cruel at times.

    Lastly, the beauty industry makes billions of dollars for a reason. Please stop saying beauty doesn’t matter! It does matter. While, beauty is just one component to a person and everyone’s taste are individual as to what they consider beautiful, it does matter in the grand scheme of things.

    Happiness seems to be a lot about balance. Going overboard to change one’s face probably isn’t healthy, but moderately making one’s self look better seems to be fine. It’s your face and you can do what you want with it. 

    • Terry Tree Tree

      Rachel,  I agree.  Most of Nature values beauty, or entertainment above many other more important attributes.  “Even people in MENSA like to look at beautiful people.” ?? I take it that you are MENSA.  I do not look at a beautiful woman for long, if I know, or suspect that she is married.  The same goes for under-age girls.  Looks are great, but I date mostly  based on personality, and personal choices.  (tobbacco, drugs, and drunks disqualify a woman from my dating)  By the way, how do you get attracted to an IQ, walking down the street?  Many physically attractive women are VERY intelligent, making them more attractive to a guy that doesn’t feel intimidated.

    • http://www.facebook.com/asmodeus.mictian Asmodeus Mictian

      “Lastly, the beauty industry makes billions of dollars for a reason. Please stop saying beauty doesn’t matter! It does matter.”

      It does indeed matter, because of two things that are very entwined : psychology and advertising.

      It is in our psychological make-up to be social or ‘herd’ animals. It’s one way we’ve survived this long without teeth, scales or claws. We pool our varied talents and abilities together and accomplish things almost impossible to accomplish on our own. In tune with this, we tend to look at the person next to us and observe how other people react to them. If it’s favorable, or perceived as favorable, we tend to want to imitate them.

      Add to that advertising. The method of making someone think they need something they didn’t want in the first place. No longer do we extoll the virtues of a product, we brag about how it makes you FEEL. It’s actually an advertising industry maxim that you “don’t sell the product, sell the feeling.’ I’m always wary of people who make money by telling me I need something that they have. From what I can see around me, others are far less concerned.

      In essence, making ‘billions of dollars’ doesn’t justify or quantify an industry’s validity. It just proves that several industries make a bundle telling everyone from age 5 up that they’re fundamentally flawed and that they have the solution to that flaw.

      Just my two cents, your mileage may vary.


  • http://www.HappyFaceYoga.com Gary

    They should try facial exercise.  I’ve had lots of success with the Happy Face Yoga exercises.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IB2BC5AXHG4S7WYCPGJTYHLEQ4 Jessica Withney

    Getting a Botox treatment from a qualified Botox Burnaby doctor can certainly enhance your appearance. It is important to select a trusted Botox clinic to ensure the right application of Botox and your safety.

  • Anonymous

    doctors just do this because it brings in more money….saw a Reuters.com health article today that botox is being used for bladder spasms in women.  That would be interesting to know about, positive uses of it.  

  • Ebonymee

    The guest critique of botox, completely ignores the history of beauty aides. Humans have been changing their faces using natural and unnatural remedies since the dawn of man. This is just another step in the process. She should actually be thanking the people who are willing to be the  guinea pigs in this endeavor. It is people like them that allow her to look as good as she does at her age. I’m sure at one time in history whatever beauty treatment was considered unnatural as well.

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This Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 file photo shows hikers on the South Kaibab Trail in Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz. (AP/Carson Walker)

Uproar over development plans for the Grand Canyon. We go to the Navajo Nation and the Canyon floor to see what’s at stake.

Sep 15, 2014
In this Thursday, Sep. 11, 2014 photo, Middle Eastern leaders stand together during a family photo with of the Gulf Cooperation Council and regional partners at King Abdulaziz International Airport’s Royal Terminal in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia. (AP/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

President Obama says he will build a coalition of partners in the Middle East to combat ISIS. We’ll do a reality check on who’s really stepping up for what.

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Our Week In The Web: September 12, 2014
Friday, Sep 12, 2014

In which you had varied reactions to the prospect of a robotic spouse.

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Beverly Gooden on #WhyIStayed
Friday, Sep 12, 2014

Beverly Gooden — who originated the #WhyIStayed hashtag that has taken off across Twitter — joined us today for our discussion on domestic violence.

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Tierney Sutton Plays LIVE For On Point
Friday, Sep 5, 2014

We break out Tierney Sutton’s three beautiful live tracks from our broadcast today for your listening pleasure.

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