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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

Guests:

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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The global economic wobble. Europe weakness. China fears. Wild markets. We’ll lay out the global economy now.

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