Casey Wilson got Botox and it froze half her face, but she’d probably do it again

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I know Casey Wilson, 38, from the show Happy Endings, she’s had guest spots on many shows and is a voice actress as well. She’s currently on Black Monday on Showtime, that awesome-looking show about the 80s stock market crash starring Don Cheadle. People Magazine asked Casey what she’ll “never do again” and she said Botox because it paralyzed half her face. Then she backtracked and said she’d probably do it again anyway. A similar thing happened to Kelly Ripa. She got bad Botox around 2015 (she told the story in 2016), she couldn’t smile properly for about six months and said that people wondered what was wrong with her. There are photos in that post of her grimacing instead of smiling properly. I can’t imagine. This is what Casey told People:

When asked about something she would never do again, [Casey Wilson] admitted, “Botox.”

“I once got it and it paralyzed half my face and I had a half smile,” explained Wilson, 38. “My new smile was like I had a secret. Just for three months and then it went away.”

“Just kidding, I’ll probably do it again.”

[From People]

I always say in these posts that if all my friends were getting Botox and fillers I probably would too. I just live in a rural area where the nearest place you can get Botox (or see a decent movie) is an hour away so barely anyone does it. My college friend who lives in San Francisco got Botox for her wedding – at 30. So I likely would have done it already if my circumstances were different. I don’t blame Hollywood women for getting it done as it’s expected and normalized in their industry. But I like to think that I’d stop if I started to look much different or if I had adverse effects like not being able to smile right or move half my face. Could using fillers and Botox sometimes be like the frog in the boiling water metaphor? Like it’s looks nice at first, you don’t notice that bad stuff and you just keep at it until you’re f’cked.

This photo is from December 2016! She’s making that grimace smile like Kelly Ripa.
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This is from January of this year, with her husband, David Caspe. It looks like she’s fine now:
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September, 2018, you can tell it’s still affecting her a little:
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photos credit: WENN

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  1. Nikki says:

    I’d like to get rid of the line between my eyebrows that makes me look angry when I’m not, but I have health issues, and I made the mistake of searching “Reactions to Botox” online. Do you all think it’s mostly safe??

    • bros says:

      that;s something to ask your Dr, not celebitchy commenters, but it’s pretty well tolerated.

    • Kitten says:

      Finding an injector you trust is crucial but it’s mostly safe, yes.

    • Kristy says:

      I have a genetic predisposition to angry “elevens” between my brows. I’m 37. I get that area Botoxed on the reg and have had no issues whatsoever. I go to a reputable and well-reviewed dermatologist that I researched thoroughly. I was scared at first. I really was. But I look like myself, I just look less stern, and I can move my face. It’s the only area I treat. You do you. I did it because my elevens made me feel super self-conscious. My doc has a very gentle approach and is the rare professional I have found (in my experience) who recommends a modest, less-is-more approach.

    • Erinn says:

      I’ve had one deep line there as long as I can remember. I’m not even 30 yet. But there’s a lot of genetics involved in mine – I’ve seen photos of previous generations with the same line while they were my age. I’ve been tempted to botox it, I’m going to be honest. But it’s one of those things that you have to keep up, I guess, and I don’t think I’m really interested in doing that. Plus… I’m in a similar situation to Celebitchy in that it’s pretty rural here. It’s a 3 hour drive to the nearest city.

    • Mindy_dopple says:

      What Bros said, BUT speaking of my experience only, I’m 30 and have had three horizontal worry lines (thank you anxiety and depression) for years. To the point where I tried all creams, moisturizers, etc. My makeup would settle into the lines and were visible in pictures. I hated them. A family friend I knew had done Botox before and it didn’t look overdone and frankly I wouldn’t have been able to tell if she hadn’t told me. She recommended her doctor and I’ve loved the results. When I said who referred me, he straight up asked me if I could tell she did Botox. He prides himself on subtle work so I reassured him that no, she didn’t look like the bad ones.

      I look refreshed and my age. I get about 10-12 units every 3 months. I had one issue the first time when I thought my brow bone drooped a little and I expressed my concern and we just did the next round a little higher.

      • bros says:

        yah same, I do 5-10 units every 6 months regularly and only in certain areas because the guy I used the first time just over-injected me and my whole forehead dropped and my eyes were way smaller. that was an annoying 3-4 months of waiting for it to wear off.

    • Pandy says:

      I’ve used botox for years with no issues whatsoever. However, check with your MD . Maybe go to a plastic surgeon for the injections rather than a nurse at a clinic. I’ve only had nurses inject me – and no issues – but couldn’t hurt!

    • FuefinaWG says:

      I have a deep furrow between my eyes that I inherited from my dad’s side of the family. I finally got Botox and have never been happier. My dermatologist told me I would have to get it done every 6 months, but that hasn’t been the case with me. I can go a year or longer.
      I also use Juvederm on either side of my mouth because my mouth droops down a little on either side so my resting face looks sad. Juvederm solved that little problem for me. It just lifts the area, slightly, and it’s been great.

    • Jag says:

      @Nikki – Instead of botox, look for botox-similar products. I use Syn-Ake from Platinum Skincare and it works like botox, but not quite as strongly. I can have weird reactions to things, and have never had a reaction from it. (There have been people who were hospitalized from having botox, due to bad reactions.)

      You could also look at Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe’6 which work different ways in the skin. The 3000 gets rid of lines and wrinkles and helps some with building collagen, but the second one is more about rebuilding the skin from inside out. Platinum Skincare sells the second one; they have an offer where you can get two serums together, so I might try both Syn-Ake and the Matrixyl together next time. They also have some other things like Apple Stem Cell Complex which look interesting, but I haven’t tried it so can’t say how well it works for me.

      But The Ordinary skin care has Buffet, which includes Syn-Ake, Matrixyl 3000 and Matrixyl Synthe’6, hyaluronic acid, and ARGIRELOX, so I’m going to be trying that one first. Buffet is cheaper, but do be aware that the concentration of the products is much lower than buying the actual serums and applying each directly. That said, I’m excited to see if Buffet gets rid of my forehead lines as well or better than pure Syn-Ake does.

      I don’t work for either of these companies or websites. I just like to share what works for me and what I’m trying next.

  2. Wellsie says:

    I loved Happy Endings!

  3. bros says:

    I was just posting on the bespoke Kate dress thread about botox: it’s tricky. I can’t get it injected in my forehead past my pupil line or my eye lids drop and make me eyes look smaller. I have a very flat brow and it has to be injected only in the middle of my forehead and the hair line and im sensitive to it, so only really small amounts. Finding the right Dr who really understands facial muscles is very important. I would never go to an aesthetician or someone without an MD for botox, but that’s just for my face. and I never want my ability to frown or make facial expressions affected, so I use just the bare minimum, between 5-10cc for my whole face.

    • Lauren II says:

      My boss at work got botox, and her big blue eyes looked half the size, and squinty. She couldn’t smile at all. I didn’t say anything, but she looked better Before the botox.

  4. Frida_K says:

    Botox is not a good thing, nor is the trend of pumping one’s face up with fillers.

    Try acupuncture, or if you are concerned about needles, you can get a no-needle treatment (jade roller, jade gua sha instrument, facial cupping):

    https://twoheartswellness.com/2018/03/13/facelift-with-no-downtime-with-needles-or-without-traditional-chinese-medicine-can-make-it-happen/

    There is always something a person can do, including boosting gut health, that can make the face glow and be its most beautiful best, no matter the age.

  5. Fizzy says:

    She looks like Jo Anne Worley.

  6. Jenns says:

    I’m 38. I have “elevens” and lines around my mouth. Looking around at people I knew, I noticed that they didn’t have lines. And then I talked to my hairdresser, who is the same age, and told me how she’s been having Botox injections since she was 30. Another co-worker told me the same. It made me realize that I’m not sure what a person in their late thirties look like because a lot of people are getting work done.

    I ended up going for a consultation, but decided against it. In the end, I have mixed feelings about it. I realized that a lot of people my age are spending money to make sure their face doesn’t look like mine. And in some ways, I find that idea freeing.

    • Betsy says:

      I’m also 38 and have just decided I genuinely like my appearance. I am going to look older, and that’s okay.

    • Haapa says:

      Thank you. Aging is normal. Wrinkles are healthy. Sagging skin is beautiful. Grey hair deserves to be honoured. Botox won’t make you happy or make you love yourself.

  7. Lara says:

    She looks ridiculous, the joke is on her

  8. Bebe says:

    Looking older as you’re getting older is fine and great. Also, I don’t think people with Botox look nearly as normal or natural as they think. But whatever floats your boat, honestly.

  9. Tiffany says:

    Seeing her and David together just reminds me how much I miss Happy Endings.

    If there was ever a show that I want revived, yeah, it is that one.

  10. hogtowngooner says:

    Happy Endings was such a great show. It was like what Friends was to Gen-Xers, Happy Endings was its millennial sibling, but much sharper and funnier.

    Too bad it got cancelled just before Netflix and Hulu really became things. Maybe it could have been saved when ABC cancelled it.

  11. Skyblue says:

    I was getting Botox injections for my mid-brow frown line until I noticed a correlation between the horrid migraines I was getting shortly after the every three month injections. I also wound up with a terrible two week long bout of occipital neuralgia after my very last Botox injection last August. Probably a coincidence but I said the hell with it. No more Botox for me. Coincidence or not, I never want a headache like that again. (And yes, I know Botox is used to treat occipital neuralgia) Haven’t had a headache since.