Kelly Ripa raves about Botox again: ‘It’s cut my getting ready time in half’

Kelly Ripa

I’ve been a Kelly Ripa fan for a long time, but I’m still a little irritated at her for assuring James Franco that everyone hits on teenagers online. I’ll try to put that aside for this discussion of Botox, which is everywhere all the time. My dentist sends out email invites to his little Botox parties. His staff serves mimosas and inject that toxin like it’s something fun to do. It kinda creeps me out, and I will never RSVP for that mess.

Kelly has spoken before about her adoration for Botox. In 2012, she admitted to erasing her frown lines with a touch of Botox every seven months. Last year, she admitted to injecting it in her pits to keep from sweating too much. That makes sense for a television career, but it doesn’t sound healthy. We sweat for a reason. Does the sweat simply come out of other parts of the body if you disable your armit sweat glands? Kelly’s still talking about the ‘tox. She told Andy Cohen that Botox has transformed her life. For real:

Her must-have beauty product: “Botox. And that’s pretty much it. Botox has changed my life. It’s cut my getting ready time in half. Because suddenly my eyelids are no longer resting on my eyelashes!”

[From Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live]

Kelly did look cute during her chat with Andy Cohen. She was on the show with Anderson Cooper, and they played the “who’s the mystery caller?” game. You can see a video clip here. It only took the Coop a few seconds to realize Cher was on the phone. Of course.

Kelly’s Botox logic makes sense, right? Kelly doesn’t apply as much makeup as she otherwise would because the Botox is working its magic around her eyes. I think she probably gets it in several other places too. She’s looking a little frozen lately. Her hubby, Mark Consuelos, looks so permanently young that he probably gets injections as well.

Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa

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  1. lower-case deb says:

    i know that Botox is used to treat excessive sweating (a medical condition) and not ordinary sweating that normal people under normal circumstances do…

    is it safe?

    i never ever want to try it because i heard that unlike vaccinations (dead virus), botox is basically still “alive”

    one of my friends does botox all the time. she said in small doses toxins are okay. kind of like chocolate is actually poisonous but since we never binge eat to the dangerous level it’s okay.

    still… i’m very wary of it.

    • MrsBPitt says:

      chocolate is poison in large amount???? Why aren’t I dead!!!!!

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Omg, MrsBP, maybe we ARE dead….

      • Faye says:

        @GoodNames, This is like that philosopher who was lying in bed and he started wondering if the whole world was just a dream he’d imagined -was it Descartes?

      • lower-case deb says:

        like Keanu Reeve’s character in Matrix?

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Oh noes. Chocolate zombies are the most dangerous zombies of all.

      • Hanna says:

        The dose makes the poison. People can die of water intoxication. There are fraternity hazing incidents where pledges were made to drink a ton of water and they died.

    • Nerd Alert says:

      It’s safe, but it’s not very healthy. We sweat for a reason–to rid our bodies of excess water and salt and also to cool down. In some people, the sweat just comes out of different places. In others, there are uncomfortable side effects like bloating and fatigue.

    • Anna says:

      I dont get this. I get botox in my forehead and above my eyebrows and all it does is make me not scrunch my forehead – a HORRIBLE habit that manifests when I am stressed. But it doesnt do anything with to the eyes, it;s not a lift. People are always discussing that ‘surprised’ look they get with Botox and I have no idea how that’s even possible.

      • Hotpockets says:

        Hi Anna! Fellow Botox user myself! I’m 27 and I get Botox injected in my forehead and around my eyes to prevent the formation of lines and wrinkles. Whenever I tell people I have Botox, they are very surprised and usually say, “I can’t tell, your face still moves!” That’s the thing, when done in moderation and accordingly to your aging concerns, you can not tell if Botox is present from an outsiders perspective. When people have that ”surprised” look, there are usually many other factors that play into that, but Botox alone will not cause that.

        I use to be one of those people that made fun of women who did it and now I see the benefits of it. I want people to know that not all women who decide to do the injections will look like Nicole Kidman or Kim Kardashian, they have lots of other procedures going on that create that mask of a face.

      • bella says:

        i had botox once recently.
        while it did paralyze my forehead and rid it of the lines i get from frowning (i LOVED how the botox smoothed those lines away, by the way) i had something not so great happen about 5 days later.
        i woke up one morning and my eyelids felt incredibly heavy.
        when i looked in the mirror i was horrified…my eyelids were drooping!
        i looked just awful…
        i called the plastic surgeon only to be told that this sometimes happens.
        i had to wait 6 months for my eyelids to return to normal and of course, the forehead lines returned ;-(
        i don’t get how kelly ripa or anywhen else says that botox helps her eyes.
        total opposite for me and my sister in law, too, who had the same eyelid drooping thing happen.
        the doc did say that perhaps he could use less botox or not inject it where it would cause the eyelid drooping if i considered having it done again.
        i’m debating if it’s worth the risk.

      • Dee says:

        Long time lurker just commenting to say that Botox can give you the surprised look. I’m 37 and have been using it for 7 years. I have it in my forehead, the “11s” between my eyes and at the tail end of each eyebrow. I get a mini eyelid lift from the eyebrow injections and LOVE it. I’ve heard of the droopy eyelids complication and according to my husband who is an eye doctor, that happens when Botox is injected way too close to the muscles that control eyelid movement. He doesn’t do Botox, but he told me never to let my dr inject it within two finger widths of my eyes.

      • bella says:

        thanks for the info, dee!

      • Ncboudicca says:

        I’m with Dee, I’m 47 and absolutely use it to pull up the brows a bit. It’s really made a difference for me.

  2. Elisabeth says:

    she’s built like a screen door

    • snowflake says:

      she didn’t use to look this way. When she started on regis and kelly, she was bigger and had reddish hair. i guess now she’s gone hollywood. I think she looked better the old way.

      • Bridget says:

        The blond has pretty much always been her preferred hair color, but when she started with Regis she was basically in the middle of her pregnancy years.

    • Faye says:

      LOL, what does that mean?

    • QQ says:

      LOL me and my friends just call that a “Longback”

    • Santolina says:

      If it means flat-chested, then I respect her for not getting bolt-ons.

  3. Faye says:

    . . .at least she’s honest about it?

    • BangersandMash says:


      I mean, if she shelled out the usual, ‘eat healthy, use (—–) product once in the morning, yoga, pilates, drink lots and lots of water, blah blah, blah.’ meanwhile she’s on the tox. I’d be giving her major side eye.

      • HappyMom says:

        Yes-I can’t fault her for that. And she’s pretty honest about how much time she spends working out-it’s not that “oh I just run around after my kids” baloney.

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      Right. and she’s not saying “Go get botox.” She’s an adult, it’s her choice. When she starts talking about only eating organic, I’ll throw her some side eye.

    • Becky1 says:

      Yep. I really appreciate her honesty. I’m 41 and get a little bit of the ‘tox periodically for my crow’s feet and have gotten it a few times for my frown line. I get it in small amounts so I don’t look too frozen (or at least I don’t think I do anyway). I actually think Botox looks best about two months after you get it when it’s worn off a little bit-more natural and less tight.

      I just wish it wasn’t so expensive!

  4. Lucy2 says:

    I’d rather have a few little lines that can be covered with makeup for tv than have a frozen mask face.

    • Ag says:


    • Lamb says:

      You don’t look frozen unless you put it everywhere in your face (forehead, around the eyes, around the mouth). I am a prematurely aging 30 year old. I admit that I get Botox in my forehead because I was getting some seriously deep wrinkles that I was so ashamed of. Botox has completely improved this problem and my self esteem. It may be narcissistic, but when you look better, you feel better. I am still able to move my forehead, but the wrinkles are either gone or much less visible, so I’m grateful for it. I get that people are very judgy about Botox because they think it makes you look like Nicole Kidman, who totally abuses it, but using the right amount in one problem area has helped me and I just look like my younger self.

      • Vanessa says:

        I agree with Lamb, it can be done well and the results can have a great impact on your self-esteem. I wouldn’t say I’m a prematurely aging 29 year old but I had a deep perma-wrinkle in my brow from squinting (poor vision my whole life). Botox made it disappear and I still had movement around my brow. I think the issue starts, like she mentioned, when you start doing your whole face and using more Botox than is needed.

      • Ag says:

        i’m only being totally judgy about the people who abuse it to the point where they look frozen, like kidman or the kardashians. it makes them look like they are desperately fighting time, and it doesn’t make anyone forget that they are aging. it seems sad, at least to the outside observer. i have friends who use it in their early 30s, for whatever reasons, and they look “normal” – they can do facial expressions etc. i do have to say, however, that i never notice a difference in them before and after the botox – but they think that there is a difference, and it makes them feel better, so that’s what counts.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I might get it…I’m debating it….

      • HappyMom says:

        Yes-one of my friends gets it for these huge, deep wrinkles on her forehead (she claims she looks like a sharpei without it). Her face absolutely moves-and it’s not like she’s getting fillers or doing all kinds of other crazy stuff-so I get what you’re saying.

      • Brynne142 says:

        +1. A while back, I caught my reflection in a store window and I looked angry – frowning, except I wasn’t. I had the vertical lines between my eyebrows that had become permanent. That sent me off for botox. I was amazed at how it relaxed those bunched up muscles and smoothed that angry look off my forehead.

        However, I’ll never get it around my eyes. The crows feet are smile lines – happy lines. I just wanted to get rid of the mean, angry lines. A little goes a long way.

      • Size Does Matter says:

        @Lamb, thank you for this. I really really really want to get it for the horizontal lines running across my forehead but I’ve hesitated because I don’t want it to look obvious. Is it expensive?

      • Becks says:

        I agree Lamb. I’m 39 and i get botox on my forehead every 6 months. Only 20 units and just the forehead, not the eyes. Have been doing it for 5 years. I love it. I still have movement and those angry frown lines are gone! Less is more and a good doctor can make you look natural.

      • lucy2 says:

        I can understand a line here or there if it’s something that really bothers you and is something that can be easily improved. It’s the people who can’t stop there who end up looking like they’re wearing a mask. Kelly is already starting to get that look.

      • Sacred And Profane says:

        Dear Lamb,

        I’ll have you know that, again, our Nicole Kidman has admitted to using Botox – but only once! – and hated it!

        Yeah, I rolled my eyes, too…

      • Pandy says:

        I’m 52 and botox is one of my routines as well. Has been for maybe the last 3 years? I don’t have that angry look either and we do all get it eventually from frowns, concentrating on computer screens, etc. Especially as I’m blind in one yee – that really hastened that wrinkle, lol. I love it – forehead wrinkles gone, about every 2nd or 3rd time, I get a bit around my eyes to take away the crows freet. I usually buy it on groupon sales – I haven’t had any issues with going to random salons from it either (although I do read reviews before purchase). I LOVE knowing my forehead looks serene. I hve traded a bit of expression away, but I’m cool with that. I don’t look at botox as any different than enhancing with moisturizers, facials or makeup – all of which I also use. I freely admit to wanting to stay looking fantastic for my age. No shame there.

      • Lamb says:

        @ Size Does Matter
        It’s not cheap. I try to do it every six months and it is $200 for 20 units. They also just increased the price of Botox, so I switched to Xeomin, which has the same results. Botox basically monopolized the US market and Xeomin was used more in Europe. Xeomin has now come over to the US since Botox raised their prices and some say it lasts longer than Botox. I personally am a fan. I get horrible wrinkles in my forehead because I furrow my brow while sleeping, I struggle to hold my eyes open without raising my brows, and I don’t have an 11 between my eyes – I have like 20 wrinkles! It sounds shallow, but it has really been a life saver for me and I am grateful for it.

      • Lamb says:

        @Sacred And Profane
        Oh, of course. Nicole Kidman’s face is just naturally wrinkle-free and completely frozen. How dare we accuse her of putting that poison into her precious skin!

    • Frida_K says:

      Try facial acupuncture. If you get a good practitioner, it can work wonders.

    • sarah says:

      It needs to be said that BOTOX by itself DOES NOT create the kat-face kardashian look. That is the work of FILLERS which is the easiest way to turn a normal botox job into horrifying bloat face, cartoon lips, generally unnatural resting face. Botox in small amounts is perfectly fine & won’t do much if any damage. IIt certainly wont turn u into a freak show. Botox is actually beneficial for people who have a habit of scrunching their eyebrows together when concentrating(studying working). Most people don’t realize their “scrunching” is reason 4 their headaches, sinuses. Often those who suffer from migraines, frequent sinus infections, dry eyes, can totally prevent that (or help hinder) with small botox injections on their pressure points, works wonders.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I’ll save my money and skip the needles. Of course I have wrinkles, who the hell cares.

  5. Abbott says:

    The best part about the WWHL episode was Cooper’s remarks and body language; he cannot stand Ripa (IMHO). Cooper can’t hide it well.

  6. SpookySpooks says:

    I’ve never been to a Botox party, but it sound scary.

  7. Kiddo says:

    Why is your dentist injecting botox? I’d get a new dentist.

    • Lucy2 says:

      I had the same thought. That’s sketchy.

      • Ag says:

        very sketchy. i used to go to an ob/gyn who opened a “spa” in her office (a spa that basically only did botox injections), and was basically trying to strong-arm patients into getting them. ugh, what? i come here for an annual, you freak, not to have my ob/gyn tell me that i need to do something about those frown lines (on my face, haha) at the age of 30.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        She wanted you to get Botox at 30?!? Slap her!

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Ag, I had something similar happen too! It started with my ob/gyn putting star’s headshots on her wall (TACKY!), and then she started sending group emails saying that her office was offering this pregnancy hormone they’d injected into you that would help you lose weight “as seen on Dr. Oz!”. It was so inappropriate. Then she started trying to friend me on social media, even long after I stopped going to her office.

        I know they probably make more money off of botox and pregnancy hormone injections than pap smears, but that is NOT their job! An ob/gyn should not be hard selling their patients on cosmetic procedures.

      • Ag says:

        Tiffany, wow, way more inappropriate than my former ob/gyn.

    • Bridget says:

      Agreed. And personally, if I ever want to get Botox, I’m going to a doctor that specializes in stuff like that, not a dentist that does it for a hobby. You know how we ask how people end up with those completely frozen faces and bad Botox jobs? I have a feeling it’s from getting Botox from people like that.

    • Sarah says:

      I’m not positive, but I think Dentists can do it because they have a lot of knowledge with where different nerves are and how the muscles work in the face and where the right places for injections are.

    • Frida_K says:

      What’s next from this dentist? “Acupuncture”?

      Here in Texas, the acupuncturists’ professional association is suing the chiropractors’ association because they are trying to be able to provide our service under the guise of “dry needling.” And medical doctors all over are doing the same thing–they know that acupuncture works, so they’re taking weekend seminars and then providing “acupuncture.” It’s scary. I’ll have spent four years in school studying this topic and have slightly under a thousand hours of internship. Meantime, chiros and doctors somehow think that a measly weekend justifies their hopping on the bandwagon.

      No bueno.

  8. Izzy says:

    Sweating is the body’s natural way of cooling off, so unless it’s truly excessive sweating, I don’t understand how it can be healthy to stop the process.

    Also, walking around with a permanent look of surprise on your face does NOT make you look younger. It just makes you look like you’ve been hittin’ the ‘Tox.

    • Kiddo says:

      My take is: We know you’re old. Now you look freaky, and we still know you’re old. This, especially with excessive use of fillers. Subtlety doesn’t seem to be a Hollywood asset in most cases.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Right. We know you’re old. Now you look desperate.

        My mother doesn’t perspire at all and she has to be very careful not to get heat stroke.

      • Kiddo says:

        She should try wearing those shorty shorts, you get quite the breeze!

        On a serious note, maybe she should carry around a spritzer?

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Image-obsessed HWood types with a shit-ton of money to burn have a proclivity for overdoing it. From what I’ve seen, the “frozen face” look does not apply to the average person who uses fillers.
        I have friends who ‘tox and you would NEVER know. From how it’s been explained to me, the key is a good doctor and a light touch.

      • Kiddo says:

        @TheOriginalKitten, You’re probably right. Like I said, a lot of Hollywood seems to think that they can change time on their faces by decades. The result is a Doctor Frankenstein-level sweaty wax face. I think if the goal is to accept your age, but look the best you can, then the steps taken will not be as freakish in the end.

        For me, personally, I can think of a million and one priorities of things to pay for/buy before botox, but I’m not an actress or TV personality.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Haha, Kiddo, now YOU brought it up, so retribution is cancelled, right? Yay! I’m tired of looking under my bed and checking the closets before I go to sleep.

        Good idea about the spritzer. I’ll suggest it.

      • Kiddo says:

        @GoodNamesAllTaken, Yeah, retribution is complete,… but beware, monsters always lurk under the bed. Bwahahaha

        Maybe she can carry one of those little insulated lunch bags to keep a tiny spritzer bottle in. This way, she’ll always have cool water, even when the temps are high. Not a bad idea to keep drinking water in there either, to keep her body temp down, from the inside.

      • kri says:

        I think she is annoying and shrill. I cannot stand her. She would be perfect for The View. As for the ‘tox-get it if you want it, just go to a derm or a PS.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I am a little confused about the lingo. Is botox considered a filler? Or is a filler something like restylane or juvaderm that is thick under the skin?

        To my uneducated eye, it seems like botox looks more natural than when people plump their ( ) lines by their mouths with the thick stuff (like the Rose McGowan photos yesterday). But maybe what I am seeing is botox around the mouth?

      • Kiddo says:

        @Tiffany :), I’m no expert, but botox is a paralyzer. The fillers are actually plumping up an area by increasing volume artificially with a foreign body or substance. I think either might be natural looking in certain cases and either might look terrible in other cases. It depends on the doctor, how much is used and in what location, as well as each individual’s reaction to it. That’s why they all carry the disclaimer: “Results may vary”.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Thanks, Kiddo! That helps clarify things!

    • Erinn says:

      I’d consider it for sweating. I can be sitting in the office, in winter, with some air conditioning on (it’s always on at least a bit) and still have soaked armpits. I’m cool with sweating elsewhere, but mine tends to be nervous sweating, not just overheated sweating.

      • Brittney B says:

        Erinn, you just described my sweat problem. Doesn’t matter how “cold” it is, my underarms are always soaked (and I’m also always uncomfortably hot, even when I’m outside in Chicago in December).

        But for some stupid reason, I never thought about the fact that it might be linked to anxiety… I struggle with social anxiety and horrible panic attacks, yet I never put two and two together.

        So… thank you for that!

      • Erinn says:

        Hahah, anytime, Brittney – that’s my problem as well. The anxiety spikes off and on through the day.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I mentioned this further down the thread, but I have a friend who suffered with underarm sweat daily (even when she was cold, etc). She got a prescription for Drysol, and she said it has changed her life and her wardrobe! She is noticeably more social now because she isn’t as afraid to be caught with sweat spots. I am so happy for her, I wanted to share the info in case it could help someone else as well. I think she said it was around $10 or something.

      • Bob Loblaw says:

        Botox is a legitimate therapy for people who sweat excessively and there are prescription anti-perspirants, you should talk to your doctor if it’s bugging you.

  9. eliza says:

    Lol. I am so negative about most celebrities. Kelly Ripa is so very annoying. Her Pollyanna shtick gets old, especially when you know that IRL, according to gossip, she is a nasty piece of work and full of ego and entitlement.

    P.S- I would rather walk around looking like a well used road map vs some shiney, frozen, waxy freak.

    • danielle says:

      I never had a problem with rip a but started giving her the side eye when I heard she was besties with seinfelds wife. That woman is all kinds of sketchy.

      • Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

        ..and hopefully Kelly’s maid secretly prefers the recipes from MissyChase Lapines book to Jessica’s rip off recipes to feed the little Ripas…total debacle on that one. Team Missy Chase Lapine!

    • Brittney B says:

      It makes me so sad to hear these stories, because back when she was Hayley on All My Children, my mom took me to Soap Week at Disney’s MGM and we met her several times. I always think of her as the nicest celebrity I’ve ever met in real life. She remembered me after the first time and posed for pictures, complimented my jewelry, introduced me to her husband, etc.

      Then again… I was ten. Maybe she’s only nice to kids, but I guess that bodes well for her own family.

      • eliza says:

        Hey, it is only gossip I have read. She might be the nice person you met. You know everyone in celebrityville gets the “bad” tag at some point or the other.

        I liked her as Hailey on AMC. I initially thought she was a breath of fresh air when she joined Regis.

    • JudyK says:

      I’m w/ you on this one. I used to like her and don’t much care for her anymore.

      I do think she’s a good mom, though.

  10. Eileen says:

    My son has severe cerebral palsy and for a few years he received Botox injections in the muscles in his legs for easing of the spasticity under sedation and supervision of a pediatric neurologist at Emory Children’s Hospital and it did help but the more you use it the less effective it was. I wouldn’t ever use it for wrinkles for cosmetic reasons personally but it’s a personal choice.

    • Sighs says:

      This would explain why people end up overdoing it. It stops working so you have to do more and more. Slippery slope. No thanks. I’ll live with the wrinkles.

  11. Beth says:

    Carl Powers wishes he could have said no to Botox.

  12. HadleyB says:

    She wishes is lasted 7 months! Dr’s love it that it doesn’t.

    It starts wearing off by month 3. Maybe she does wait 7 mths to get re injected but I doubt it, a lot of people who wait do so due to the high expense.

    Waiting doesn’t make it look natural either, using less units per visit – that is what helps. So you have movement but it still wears off way way before month 7. I wish celebs would stop lying.

    • Vanessa says:

      My clinic was very upfront about the fact that typically most people only see effects for 3-4 months. I could see a normal person maybe waiting 7 months due to cost or just being busy but somehow I feel she’s too image obsessed to let it go that long.

      • The Wizz says:

        I’ve been having it on my frown lines for a fair while. I can’t frown for around 4 months and usually don’t need it for another / months as I’ve trained the muscles through lack of use to not frown as much. So yes I can see some people only needing it every 7 months.

  13. I’d say that it also cut her making lifelike expressions time in half as well.

  14. Macey says:

    I know people who have used Botox in the arm area for sweating and yes, you will still sweat but it will be in other areas like your trunk/back (more than what you were used to since you will no longer be sweating in the pits) and area around where the botox was injected.
    It takes a lot of injections to cover that area so its not like when you do your eyes or “11s”.
    They also use it in people’s hands for excessive hand sweating but it takes a lot of units and not a fun experience.

    I am actually going in to try Botox on my 11’s next week. Im just getting a little to try and get rid of my permanent grumpy face. We’ll see how it goes.

    • Erinn says:

      I’m only 24, and I have a horrible horrible crease in between my eyes. Combination of scowling as a child and from squinting and refusing to wear my glasses as a child. Fiance has told me ‘no’ to botox…but there’s a high chance I’ll try it eventually, just to smooth it out a little bit. Nothing drastic.

    • Vanessa says:

      I recently got Botox on my 11’s and I’m in love with it. I started with the lowest amount of units and waited to see how that looked (luckily that was all it took). I think if you don’t go overboard with it, you can improve certain areas without getting that frozen look.

      Good luck with yours!

      • Macey says:

        Thank you! Im actually really excited and a little nervous. I think we’re going with the lowest too but I have very strong lines there so it may take a bit more.

        that is what mine is from too. Also being out in the sun makes it worse if I squint just a little bit. I also get headaches in that area and I know it helps with that too so Im hoping to kill two birds with one stone.

      • Erinn says:

        Ouu, I forgot about the headache benefits. I get migraines like nobodies business.

  15. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    Now if the good Doctor would just inject the botox into her vocal chords…

  16. Brittney B says:

    “Last year, she admitted to injecting it in her pits to keep from sweating too much. That makes sense for a television career, but it doesn’t sound healthy. We sweat for a reason. Does the sweat simply come out of other parts of the body if you disable your armit sweat glands? ”

    This is actually the primary, FDA-approved purpose for Botox: to curb excessive underarm sweating:
    “BOTOX® (onbotulinumtoxinA) is injected into the skin to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis) when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough in people 18 years and older.
    It is not known whether BOTOX® is safe or effective for severe sweating anywhere other than your armpits.”

    This is also the only reason I’d ever consider getting it; I live in Florida and I’m getting desperate, because even the strongest prescription-strength antiperspirant barely works. Kelly might have a sweat problem that goes beyond the usual “don’t want pit stains on TV”, so I’d never knock her for that one.

    • Macey says:

      My Dr. is also doing “Miradry” for excessive under arm sweating. It has great reviews/results. I know my Dr. doesnt do certain procedures unless they actually work

      heres website if you want to check out. Its a little pricey (ave $3000.00) but the results are supposed to be permanent.

      • Brittney B says:

        Thanks, Macey!! You had me at “permanent”; I’ll definitely check this out.

        I think my insurance might partially cover certain treatments if I actually have hyperhydrosis (and I’d be surprised to find out I don’t), so I need to kick myself in the bum and see a doctor about it. I appreciate the advice.

    • taxi says:

      Get a rx for Drysol, liquid antiperspirant. It has a cumulative effect. I used it for 2-3 years and it changed me from always being sopped, even in cold weather, to normal. Wish I’d known about it years earlier.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I had a friend who had severe sweating problems, to the point where she didn’t want to go places because she was paranoid about visible sweat stains. She finally told her doctor, he referred her to a dermatologist and she got a prescription for Drysol. It has REALLY changed her life, she is much more social now.

      • Jayna says:

        I used Drysol for several years and it was a Godsend. I didn’t even have to use it as often as they say. I can’t remember what the regimen was after the initial doing it so many nights. But I remember just doing it every great once in a while after that and it kept me sweat free under my underarms, which in certain clothes was always so embarrassing to me before.

  17. shannon says:

    I’ve never really liked Kelly Ripa…that voice! and over the years she just keeps getting skinnier and skinner. the botox and her weight isn’t doing her face any favors. If she likes it, that’s fine, but I hope she’s not trying to impress anyone else.

    • nancy says:

      True. If she had stayed at her natural (“All My Children”) weight, her face would probably look years younger with no need for botox.

  18. aenflex says:

    Yes, compensatory sweating happens. At least she’s honest about her injections.

  19. neelyo says:

    You know what else cuts her prep time in half? Not eating.

  20. Talie says:

    She did say she avoids fillers — see that’s the secret. Once you get the fillers, you never look the same. Botox isn’t really that damaging to your look.

    • mollie says:

      I agree, and botox done well is like magic.
      The key is saving some lines, saving some movement.
      A strategically done ‘tox job looks amazing.
      My sister and mom have both had to have surgical eyelid lifts (covered by insurance) because the lids were actually hampering their eyesight. I don’t think they have looked the same since the surgery, and I’m afraid of it.
      I’ve been able to avoid it thus far with a little tox to the lids that lift them. It won’t work forever, but for now, it is just enough to keep me looking my best without going under the knife.

  21. Jess says:

    It makes me a little sad to hear women so afraid of looking old, but I guess there’s nothing wrong with a little Botox here and there. I just think a lot of women take it too far, they still look older but more plastic. In my opinion wrinkles tell a story about your life and it’s ok to have them, we’re ALL going to look old eventually so why not accept it and embrace it? Think we have a skewed idea about what’s beautiful, we see perfect photoshopped faces all the time but that’s not reality. I dunno, I’m 33 and starting to get wrinkles everywhere, but I really don’t care, yet, lol.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      I think it really depends. Something like the “11s” doesn’t always tell a nice story. My mom has that crease pretty bad just from having a tough childhood and worrying all the time.

      The bottom line for me is this: if it’s something like bags under your eyes that make you look tired all the time even when you’re not or a crease between the eyes that make you look angry even when you’re not, then I see no reason why you shouldn’t feel free to change that. It doesn’t make you look more like *you* when your face belies how you really feel inside.

      The problem I have with injectables is over-usage when it’s entirely unwarranted (see: KK) –however, I think they can be really helpful for people who want a subtle fix for something that they perceive to be detracting from their appearance. The key is SUBTLE.

      • PunkyMomma says:

        Spot on, Kitten. I’m always asked if I have a headache or why I’m angry. I’m not, it’s just those friggin’ elevens. I’ve debated the Botox issue for a few years now. My doctor is very upfront about it lasting three months average, which makes it cost prohibitive for me. I’d love to try it once.

      • Jess says:

        Good point, nobody wants to be reminded of a rough childhood. And subtle is definitely key!

      • Agreed. I think the problem is, people love the effect and if a little is good, more must be better, right? Because it is such a money maker, there are PLENTY of practitioners out there who will just inject and inject and inject and not think about the overall aesthetic. It’s kind of like when people get a tattoo and love it, then they get another then another…..

      • supposedtobeworking says:

        @PunkyMomma; the effects begin to wear off after about 3 months, but you do not need to redo it after 3 months. You can stretch it out a bit. And the longer you use it, the less ‘normal’ it is for your muscles to set into your old pattern, so you really can get away with getting it done every 5 months. You could figure it out after a few uses.
        And you do really need to do more than one round to see if there is a difference in feeling and effect.
        I get it for migraines. Has helped significantly. I had tried it cosmetically a few years ago, and I got the eyebrow lift, but my migraine injections require the injections to be a little closer to my eyebrow, so I get a heavy feeling. I asked my Dr to not inject the eye area this past time, because I hate the feeling (and my eyelid drooped so much that I couldn’t get my eyeliner on because you couldn’t even see it), but we’re working on effectiveness together, and learning what feels good, looks natural and helps the headaches.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I feel ya’, Jess! I am just starting to get some wrinkles to, so I have been having a similar internal debate. I keep thinking of Brandi’ Carlille’s song, The Story.

      “All of these lines across my face
      Tell you the story of who I am
      So many stories of where I’ve been
      And how I got to where I am”

      At the same time, TOK makes good points too about how a person’s face doesn’t always reflect how they feel. It makes me think of how women are accused of being mean because they have “bitch face”. Good points all around…I still don’t know what my choice will end up being, but I think I will probably wait another 5-10 years before actually making a decision.

      The good thing for us in our early 30s is that the women of the baby boomer generation will fund the scientific development and study of these and similar procedures with their consumerism, so they will be perfected by the time we “need” them the most!

    • Jayna says:

      Kelly has plenty of lines on her face. I don’t think she’s trying to erase all of her lines, just freshen her look in places I guess that were really bad and where were more noticeable in the morning making her look haggard.

  22. kc says:

    You want to see artful use of Botox and fillers, and no doubt plastic surgery, look at Donna Mills. She’s in her early 70’s but looks pretty much like she did back in the 80’s on Knots Landing, minus the big hair.

  23. Latisse says:

    I can’t help it: I like Kelly Ripa. She’s always always smiling, it’s nice. She seems like a really nice, warm person.

  24. eribra says:

    Oh I wish I could afford Botox for my armpits and feet! I sweat like a chick who just ran two marathons in the Sahara when I’m in a 72degree office doing nothing physical. I would love to not have to worry about sweating through my scrubs, not worrying about smelly pits or feet.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I had a friend who got a prescription for Drysol, and it has been a miracle for her! I think she said you apply it at night, and then next day you have like a waterproof seal over your skin. I think she said a person can use it on their palms, feet, hairline, etc., but there are different instructions for how to use it for those parts. It has made her so happy (she talks about how she has more freedom in her wardrobe because she doesn’t have to play “defense”), maybe it will work for you too?

  25. starfan says:

    People are so judgemental with others but have no problem getting work done themselves. It’s always, they had good reasons for getting botox/surgery but the other women is a superficial plastic doll. We should let people do what they want with their own bodies as long as they are not hurting others or themselves.

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I think it’s better to accept yourself and not spend time staring in the mirror fussing about what’s wrinkling or sagging. Our society is far too image obsessed and there are not “good reasons” for all these people to get Botox and all this other crap. It’s silly, a waste of money and a risk to health. I will never view it as any thing other than the snake-oil industry preying on the insecure. There is a place for cosmetic work, burn victims, fixing cleft palates, etc but all this stuff for simple vanity is just a stupid waste of money. No one looks younger, they just look worked.

  26. metallicwow says:

    >>Kelly doesn’t apply as much makeup as she otherwise would because the Botox is working its magic around her eyes.<<

    I guess you must mean in her downtime because on the show her makeup is absolutely caked on!

  27. Lauren says:

    I used to get botox in my leg hamstrings as a child. I have Cerebral Palsy and Spastic diplegia so it is supposed to help loosen up the muscles and make it easier for me to stretch and go through my physical therapy. I just remember thinking it was so strange when I was younger to hear that people would willingly go through such dreaded injections and in their faces of all places lol.

  28. RachelY says:

    I had to have the sweat glands removed from one of my armpits because of a medical condition, and you know what, it has to come out somewhere! Ever since the operation I sweat so much more from my head and my other armpit. She probably has really sweaty feet or something lol

  29. Gabby says:

    At least she admits to using Botox. These celebrities who are 45+++ with absolutely no wrinkles, but say they’ve had no work done make me want to punch them in their lying Botoxed, filled, facelift-ed faces.

  30. paranormalgirl says:

    I won’t do botox because i have a fear of needles and toxins. But I have seen it work wonders on people and yes, it can and does look natural when done correctly.

  31. Observer says:

    I wish you could inject something in your legs so you would look less knock kneed lol I’d be the first in line!

  32. mazomazohyst says:

    Am I the only person who thinks that excessive vanity is the sign of a mental disorder or is narcissim just the new way of life? You can’t use Botox to fill up your soul. If it’s empty, it’s empty. 🙁

    As for Kelly Ripa, her face is expressionless and dead looking. Frankly, I think she looks horrible.