Christie Brinkley, who has denied getting Botox, has advice about Botox

Christie Brinkley has seemingly changed her story several times about whether she gets injectables. You can read a recap of what she’s said here as it’s long. She last claimed to not do Botox but to get fillers “in super tiny doses.” That’s her prerogative, and it’s possible she didn’t have Botox for six months before she last denied it (after having copped to it), but it’s doubtful considering that the shape of her face and eyes had changed by that point. Maybe that was surgical though. Don’t get me wrong she looks incredible, she’s 62 years old, she’s just obviously done quite a bit. In a new cover profile with NewBeauty promoting her skincare line, Christie kind of puts all her past statements together and clarifies what she’s had done to date, which is better than the way she’s talked around it in past interviews. She also has advice for those of us considering injectables – go lightly and preserve your natural face. I wish she would give a specific cc number to ask the dermatologist for. That way you can be your own advocate because otherwise isn’t it the doctor’s choice?

She has been pretty open about “dabbling” in different dermatological treatments—some she liked, some she loathed. Botox, the first time around, didn’t go so well. “I actually started to feel depressed. My face lacked expression. I will never do it again in my forehead.” Then, she gave it another chance; this time, for her neck bands, an area that, when treated, Brinkley says, doesn’t come with the threat of totally changing your expression—just the very positive advantage of relaxing the muscle and helping with the chin area and jawline. As for fillers, she likes them in “supertiny doses.” Laser treatments, in her opinion, are “miraculous.”

“Some of the quick and easy things people can do—Botox, fillers—it seems like in the beginning, it was very obvious when they were being used. I think whenever anyone uses them and you are looking at ‘their work’ instead of them, that’s wrong. I’ve seen so many beautiful people who completely changed their face. Maybe some people like that ‘overdone’ look, but, in my opinion, there’s nothing more aging than that.”

Whatever you do decide to do, Brinkley stresses her advice is to ‘go light’ and do your homework. “If you want to look refreshed, it has to be with a light hand. It’s one of the biggest mistakes when people deliberately go for that ‘done’ appearance—to each his own, obviously, but that’s not good. It’s so important to choose the right doctor if you want to do anything along those lines. Don’t change your face; maybe just change a wrinkle or two that’s bothering you. You still should look like you.”

“I also think it’s so important to have an ongoing conversation about this subject—what works and what doesn’t. If you do decide to use a little touch of filler, I don’t think that you should consider it a replacement for good solid skin care. You will always need that. Number one, you need to protect your skin from the sun; if you’re a sun-lover like me, make sure to protect yourself well,” she says. “I really believe the foundation for good skin is what YOU do, not what your doctor can do for you later. It’s how you eat, how you care for your skin—you are the one in control for 24 hours of the day. Then, if you do a little tweak here and there at the doctor, that’s the icing on the cake. But you can’t just rely on a quick fix at the derm; you’ll just end up with dull, dry aging skin without the proper skin care. One thing does not replace the other.”

[From New Beauty via People]

While her skincare conversation seems self-serving because she has to promote her own line, I agree with her about using sunscreen. Sometimes I look at my hands and am so grateful my face doesn’t look like that because I’ve used sunscreen since I was a preteen. I’m 20 years younger than Christie and within the next few years I’ll probably go in for some treatments. I do want to look like myself though as she mentions, but I don’t know if this is possible. If you look at older photos of Christie it’s hard to tell whether she’s actually achieved this. She looks much different to me. She doesn’t look “done” though, she just looks like she’s done a lot to achieve that. I don’t know where the distinction lies.




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  1. JudyK says:

    There is something about her that just bugs the hell outta me, and I think it’s a shallowness and superficiality that seem to emanate from her.

    • susiecue says:

      I agree. A few years ago when everybody started talking about how great she looks, I definitely thought so too- and still do. But all she ever talks about now is how great she looks and it’s getting old (pun intended). She needs to chill, it seems like an unhealthy obsession and doesn’t make me want to follow suit.

    • sherry says:

      I agree. I used to love her and I follow her on Facebook. But after I read a blind item clearly about her that stated how she believes everyone wants to be her and the only reason for social media is to promote herself and her products to everyone who wants a part of her, it’s left me very sour. Once I read that, I looked back over her Facebook posts and realized that yes, it really is all about Christie, how beautiful and ageless Christie is and the nonstop pushing of her skincare, wine, fitness, etc.

      Even in photos with her kids, she makes it all about Christie. As Susiecue above states, “She needs to chill.”

    • Flowerydefense says:

      Christie looks great but , she needs to stop saying she hasn’t had things done, lol, IN a special about models I watched a few years ago, on HBO , it was so obvious seeing her face up close in motion,that she had a Facelift, some fillers, eye work and Botox , all done extremely well but “done. ” The interesting thing was almost all the other models in her era in the special admitted to a slight bit of work, eyes done, a bit of filler,Botox but not extreme, it was no big deal, to them , it was for their jobs, most said, ….except for Beverly Johnson and another Afro-Asian model who looked wonderful and natural.

    • Jane says:

      I agree. For me, it’s that ridiculous over the top joker smile of hers that is so “try hard”. I find it in-nerving.

    • ladysussex says:

      Yes I came here to say her joker smile puts me off! I see someone else sees the same thing lol.

  2. Rianic says:

    I’ve been to three places for Botox (moving then trying to find a new doctor). Always look at the staff – they’re a good indicator of how heavy handed the doctor is with the needle.

    Also, most places will go low then say come back in two to three weeks if you aren’t satisfied. If they don’t or suggest more than 20/25 units the first visit, slash the dose then next time go somewhere else. Never let them mess around with your eyebrows.

    • Ellie says:

      Ha! Good point. But okay, this lady has done so much more than Botox. The only people in the world who know I get botox in my forehead are the people I told. My mother didn’t even notice (I didn’t tell her because I didn’t want a lecture about how I don’t need it or I’m too young or its dangerous, etc). If your face shape is changing, you are getting something done — probably with a knife.

      • Rianic says:

        This. My brows still move (one person did drop a brow once, and I freaked out). Your goal is to look rested and fresh, not lineless and smooth.

    • Jasmine says:

      Disagree about the messing with the eyebrows–that’s the best part of Botox, but you’ve got to find someone who knows what they are doing.

  3. Astrid says:

    She doesn’t look old and wrinkly but at the same time she looks weirdly plastic and fake. I prefer Helen Miren’s look better.

    • GingerCrunch says:

      This TOTALLY! I understand this is Christie’s “business” tho. Her odd demeanor, which is probably her trying to acting young, doesn’t do her any favors either, imo. Helen should be the gold standard for us all.

  4. tracking says:

    She looked so much better before, looks so plastic now.

  5. lassie says:

    It’s her neck that’s freaking me out. Those chords look painful.

  6. Cinderella says:

    Whatever they’re plumping her with, she’s got plenty of it. And her harsh make up is making her look scary.

  7. PunkyMomma says:

    In that last pic, she has the tell-tale “Joker” smile that indicates, to me at least, that the work has been overdone.

    I had Botox once to rid myself of the vertical lines in my forehead, between my eyes. It worked for about six weeks, and I never went back. My aversion to needles won out over my vanity.

    • Mimimonster says:

      I agree about that last pic. Immediately thought of the Joker when I saw it.

    • Kitten says:

      Fillers in her nasolabial folds and botox around her mouth. That’s such a bad look and I don’t get why women keep doing that combination of procedures.

  8. Frosty says:

    Too much filler in her cheeks, the whole center of her face–the inverted triangle area covering her nose, the cheek area on either side, lips and chin– looks swollen tight.

  9. Blaire Carter says:

    I’m in my mid-twenties and I already, sadly, feel the pressure to stay young forever. I wish our society would change and women wouldn’t expire like milk.

    • Ellie says:

      Same. :( I started getting Botox in my forehead at 27 when I first noticed the tiniest crease. I’m slightly embarrassed about getting it, but aging is scary. And I’m not ready for forehead wrinkles.

    • Poisonous Lookalike says:

      I turned 55 last week and have been postmenopausal for over a decade already. My view is that women do not expire like milk. Others may try to treat one like that, but no one has to accept it.

      I used to be a university professor and now am in a healthcare profession, where the preference is for women to be lithe. In my 30s, I started to feel the pressure to slow the hands of time (mostly to dye my hair to cover the gray), but I didn’t feel old at all, so I decided to say “Fnck it” and just be me, wherever that would take me. And surprise! I’m still very healthy, active, and engaged. I can keep up with both of my healthy, active teenage kids at most things.

      Sure, there have been some changes to my body. I need reading glasses for nearly everything, and I feel a few aches and pains. But those are from overuse/misuse, not from being plopped in a chair because others think I shouldn’t be out kicking life’s ass. Don’t let anyone try to tell you, at any age, that you’re past your “best by” date.

      TL;DR: Anyone who judges or dismisses a woman solely on the basis of her chronological age can f%ck right off and stay there.

  10. jess1632 says:

    she looks really pretty and natural in the picture from 2015

  11. Tim Whatley says:

    It’s the phoney-baloney grin that freaks me out. She looks deranged.

  12. Pedro45 says:

    Stop Aging Now!

    Soooo…we should die?
    I am nearly 47 and I feel so much pressure to look younger and then I think, screw it, I’m 47, no changing that.

  13. Catherine says:

    She was at a table across from me in a restaurant in NYC recently. My first thought was “That young woman looks a lot like Christy Brinkley!” I’m 25 years YOUNGER than her and at first blush I thought she was in her 30s. I’m not kidding you, in real life SHE IS EVEN BETTER THAN PHOTOS. I wanted to throw myself at her feet. #IwillHaveWhatShesHaving.

    One question: if she’s sold her soul to the devil, can I have his number?

  14. Mar says:

    I believe she does not really do Botox.
    I do see tons of filler though! There actually is a major difference between the two

  15. Pandy says:

    I think she looks great. I’m almost 55 and have been noticing since 50. Not much but enough to slow wrinkles. I also laser and eat well etc. I think she’s telling the truth about what she does for herself. I’m hoping and trying to look like her at 62!!

  16. Pandy says:

    I think she looks great. I’m almost 55 and have been using botox since 50. Not much but enough to slow wrinkles. I also laser and eat well etc. I think she’s telling the truth about what she does for herself. I’m hoping and trying to look like her at 62!!

  17. AintNoTelling says:

    Christie has had a full on face lift, eyelift, and cheek implants, along with deep peel treatments, laser skin resurfacing, and plenty of fat and/or H.A. fillers. The trick is that she did it in small steps, rather than all at once.

    I think Christie is gorgeous and she looks fantastic at 62, however, it is HIGHLY unlikely that a person of her ethnicity and hair/eye color will look like this without actual SURGICAL intervention. No amount of healthy eating, yoga, exercise, and a perfect skin care regiment will prevent a 62 year old Caucasian, who is a very fair, blue eyed blonde, who tanned plenty when she was a young model, from aging. I might believe that MAYBE she did not go under the knife if she were black, Asian, or even bi-racial, however, she’s not black, Asian, or bi-racial. She’s white.

    I know she’s pushing her brand, and her beauty lifestyle stuff, but any plastic surgeon will tell you she’s had surgical work done, and most of know that this is true. It’s not a big deal. Who ever does her work is EXCELLENT at their craft, as well as Christie being very LUCKY that her skin responded well to surgery and treatments. Not all people respond this well to plastic surgery and fillers, which is why so many people end up looking “done”.

    • I'm sure says:

      Dr Rosenberg NYC , his nurses are not discreet. Alledgedly she went in with her daughter Alexa and they did a double. Her face Alexa’s nose.

      Her filler doc was Dr Fredric BrAndt who committed suicide. he also does Madonna

    • sherry says:

      I remember Joan Rivers (RIP dear lady) on a Fashion Police episode where someone commented on how great Christie looked without having had surgery. Without missing a beat, Joan laughed and said, “No surgery? Please! I know her doctor, I’ll give you the number!”

      Like others, I think she’s done little things over time to keep her youthful look. I still remember when she and Peter Cook separated, one of the items that came out was that Cook would insult her by calling her “Wrinkly Brinkley.”

      I’ll be 54 in four months. I think I’ll follow Helen Mirren and Jamie Curtis’s examples of eating right, exercising and embracing life’s changes.

  18. Seán says:

    Gayle Gergich!! That is all.

  19. mazzie says:

    Botox doesn’t give you cat face and she has beginning cat face. Totally had work done.

  20. JeanGenie says:

    I prefer faces that tell stories; those that express the joy and pain of a life lived.

    • Poisonous Lookalike says:

      Yes! I’ve been watching British and Scandinavian stuff on Netflix for the past year and have gotten spoiled by them. All the actors, but especially the women, look real rather than stuffed into Hollywood’s narrow definitions of attractive.

  21. Denise says:

    Work does definitely change the face, but I think over time the most significant factor in looking different is that the face changes as you age. Hard to believe but even the shape of your skull changes which you might notice in the jaw and chin of some (usually when it’s already pronounced). Our noses and ears get bigger, the nose takes on that generic ‘old lady pinch’ that you can already see in Christie, some people go gaunt (sinkers) while others sag (sliders). In Christie I see aging changes in her features and eye surgery for sure, they were never round like that. But overall she looks great. Something has to give though.

  22. Ravensdaughter says:

    Let’s just say that Christie is….touched. By what or whom, I do not know.

  23. Jess says:

    Ok, for those interested in Botox in small doses, I figured I’d share what I do (and, mind you, I have a love-hate relationship with the fact that I use botox – I’m generally a low maintenance person who doesn’t even wear make-up most of the time but I’ve also hated my frown lines for years). So I’m 43 now and started doing botox about two and a half years ago. The first time I went to a doctor to treat just the frown lines between the eyes and he froze my entire forehead. I hated this (and disliked him for this and other reasons) so I didn’t go back for a year. Then I switched to another doctor who understood my desire to do just a little between the eyes and with her I’ve been doing 16 units for the frown lines only. I go about every six months and I really don’t like that frozen feeling I have for about the first month but I love the results – the botox has helped me break my bad habit of frowning when reading and my muscles there are weaker so even when the botox has completely worn off the lines aren’t nearly as bad as they used to be. In fact, I just went yesterday and she convinced me next time to up my dosage to 20 units but she’s going to “sprinkle” them throughout the forehead area and between the eyes (where I now need less botox because of my previous botox sessions) so that it helps soften the lines that are starting to get more pronounced on my forehead while still taking care of the frown lines. This and microdermabrasion are the only treatments I’ve done so far but if I could figure out a way to treat the little lines that are starting to form around my lips (without fillers – those things freak me out) I would be very happy. I really want to try that cold laser treatment Lainey is always talking about but I figure that’s way outside of my price range (and I don’t know where else to find it outside of Vancouver). Oh, I’ve also considered trying that Nutone thing I’ve ready about on this site. Celebitchy, isn’t it you who’s been using that? I’d love a review from you because I think we’re about the same age.

    • Lola Lola says:

      Thank you Jess for your honesty and also the information.
      I don’t get why it’s such a big deal if someone does Botox. Why do all the stars lie about it? (Talking to you, Salma Hayak). If if makes you feel better, do it. If you don’t want to, don’t! I remember ads in the 1970s saying “Does she or doesn’t she?” and it was supposed to be scandalous if a woman colored her hair. WHO CARES!?!?

      I hope in the not too distant future, we don’t give a damn and people (read women, because who asks celeb dudes if they do any botox? No one! But they so clearly do) will stop asking about something so stupid. When was the last time anyone asked a celeb if their hair color was real?

    • Bre says:

      Thanks for the info. I will be turning 40 in a few months and have been thinking about it. How much does a session cost?

      • Jess says:

        Happy to share this info because it is hard to find concrete discussions anywhere on this topic. I’m in Wisconsin so it may be cheaper here than in big cities but I paid $243 yesterday for 16 units (not sure if a unit is a CC or what it is, but that’s how my doctor referred to the quantity) and I think it was injected into 3 or 4 spots.

      • Becks says:

        I pay a little under 200 dollars for 20 units on my forehead. I live in LA so prices are competitive. I go every 6 months and I love the results.

      • Ellie says:

        Yep, in Atlanta it’s about 10 dollars a unit, at least where I’ve been. I’m sure if you went to a super fancy place it would be more.

      • Mrs. Odie says:

        I pay $10 a unit. I get 18 between my brows. It’s perfect. I’m 44. I love Botox.

    • K.T says:

      Oooooohhhh I like these posts about things we’ve experienced cosmetically – to help future generations! Research is life ;) *my creaking bones*
      Injections & all cosmetic medical enhancements are just part of life now and will be even bigger in the future – it’s inevitable.
      Separate point I’ve been mixing my face foundation on one hand all my life before I do my face (super-bad backup technique, it’s true!) I always have high spf foundation and NOW the skin on the make-up mixed hand is a lot smoother now after all these years! Less sun damage obviously!

  24. Kathy says:

    brow lift for sure; check out the distance between her eyebrows and eyes difference – there’s more space now. Very well done, for sure, very minimal – but done.

  25. Charlie says:

    Not a single comment on this thread about her boobs! She’s had some major work there since her early days of modelling, when she was a B cup at most, with zero cleavage.

  26. Debutante says:

    I just can’t with this chick. She’s just sooo in love with herself.
    No wonder her marriages don’t last. Nobody could possibly love her enough for her to be satisfied.
    I hate those blinding white veneers she got a couple years ago too. Gross.
    My question is, what hasn’t she done ?

  27. Kath says:

    I lost a lot of weight over the past few years and did it super-slowly, and yet I’ve still been left with deep creases on the side of my nose/mouth that were not there just a few months ago. It bugs the hell out of me, considering that I always thought I looked younger for my age.

    Now, I’m a nerdy, don’t-give-a-crap-what-I-look-like type, but I absolutely hate seeing a stranger when I look in the mirror – and all because I’ve been trying to lose the excess weight.


    I’m seriously considering getting filler for these nasolabial folds that DIDN’T BLOODY EXIST 6 months ago – but I’m worried I’ll end up looking like a freak/Kardashian.

    Any advice, folks?

    • Stephanie says:

      HI there. I have always had very full cheeks that are beginning to sag. I am 36. I had Botox once and didn’t care for it. However, I have had Juvederm/Restylane (just the regular stuff, not Juvederm Voluma, I also tried that and didn’t like it). I get it in my nasolabial folds and under my eyes, and into the apples of my cheeks. By adding volume to the apple of the cheek, you will relieve some of the sagging that you see in the nasolabial folds. What I would do is get the apple of your cheeks done, then see if you want your nasolabial folds done. Also, drink lots of water to keep the filler, and your skin, very well hydrated. Good luck!!!

  28. Vox says:

    She looks SO much younger than she really is, no wonder she’s so pleased with herself. Sad if that’s her only source of self-worth, though.

    • Granger says:

      This is what bothers me. Christie has lived more than 60 years, and has had the chance to travel the world and experience things most of us never will. But it’s like everything in her life has been so superficial that all she’s left with now are her looks and an unquenchable need for people to still think of her as young and beautiful. What a waste.

  29. Juan Carlos says:

    Her mouth is looking like Jack Nicholson’s did when he portrayed The Joker in one of the first Batman movies. Not a good look imho.