Instagram influencer got Botox that left one of her eyes half closed

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A few years ago, Kelly Ripa admitted that she was unable to fully smile for six months after getting Botox. If you look at photos of her from around that time, she was making a kind of open-mouthed grimace instead of a natural smile. Casey Wilson of Black Monday said something similar, that Botox froze half her face after she had a bad reaction to it. Photos of Casey show her making that grimacing smile also. A blogger from Chicago named Whitney Buha, who has about 89,000 followers on Instagram, showed some scary results of getting Botox recently. She had gotten Botox and noticed that one of her eyebrows was lower than the other one. To fix this she went back to get four more units of Botox in the eyebrow that was lower. Instead she was left with one very droopy half-closed eye and the other eye wide open. She explained that the non-droopy eye was working to compensate. Here’s a video showing the progression of her journey with this.

The good news is that her eyes look almost normal now. I checked Whitney’s Instagram stories and you can still see a difference, but it’s not as bad. The Botox is wearing off and she’s been using a Nuface Mini microcurrent device (I have the Trinity version and like it), a rose quartz vibrating roller, acupuncture and a little more Botox to try to even it out. She’s kind of annoying in some of her posts, I guess you have to be extra to have that career, but she seems like a sweet person in her videos. Whitney said so many women have reached out to her with similar stories and that she appreciates it.

I haven’t gotten Botox yet and have been considering it. Stories like this make me want to skip it though. I’m sure this type of reaction is rare but you just never know what’s going to happen. The other side effects of Botox include headaches, dizziness, muscle weakness and so much more.

Thanks to People magazine for the heads up on this story.

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  1. Izzy says:

    This stuff is botulinum toxin. A neurotoxin. I think I’ll just keep my wrinkles.

    • GR says:

      @Izzy – me too!

    • Betsy says:

      I really do not understand how it doesn’t affect anything in the body to inject oneself with this toxin (a literal, actual toxin, not an “I eat clean to avoid ‘toxins’” toxin) every few weeks.

      • Izzy says:

        The only circumstances under which I would consider an injection of Botox is for my migraines, and I would exhaust all medication options first. I’m grateful it hasn’t come to that.

      • ceelo says:

        It actually does affect the body. It builds up in your system and will eventually kill you. Glamorizations fail to mention the reality of botox ( a neurotoxin).

      • Lucky says:

        @izzy I have also been really considering it for my migraines. It’s the warning that it can “slide to other areas of the face/body” that has stopped me so far.

      • Grant says:

        Botox does NOT stay in your body and It will NOT eventually kill you – that’s ridiculous garbage. Our bodies COMPLETELY metabolize botox within 3-6 months thanks to our liver and kidney excretions. I mean, come on.

      • schmootc says:

        Uh, what Grant said. If it stayed in your body forever, why do you have to go back and get it redone on a regular basis?

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        I’ve had the injections for migraines and it worked wonders.

        I’m of the mind where elective and vanity procedures are too risky. And since you never needed them, if you get them and they go south, no sympathy.

        And side note. Ugh people mag. I can’t after their 4 dedicated issues a year to whitewashing the semi openly racist Windsor klan. They deserve zero promotion.

    • ReginaGeorge says:

      Thank you. That’s what I keep saying myself. I don’t have many forehead wrinkles, just the same ones that I have had since I was young. Plenty of young folks have forehead wrinkles and lines, especially if you are an expressive person (look at Emilia Clarke all the way since S1 of GoT as an example). I was looking at some older, late 90′s movies and noticing that some stars who were early 20′s back then had them and it was ok. Now, some of them have those frozen foreheads and can’t even emote. I just don’t get why frozen, waxy and paralyzed foreheads are somehow the mark of a young forehead lol?

    • whatWHAT? says:

      right there with you, Izzy.

      and why do ALL of these “influencers” look the same? generic, interchangeable blonds.

      • Louisa says:

        whatWHAT? right? I thought this was the same woman who was written about yesterday who called her housekeeper “the woman who cleans my toilets”. I’m still not convinced she’s not…..

    • StellainNH says:

      I will keep my wrinkles, too. I have earned them!!

    • Reece says:

      Right!
      The one deep wrinkle I have (it’s a 1 instead of 11 lol)I’ve had since I was a kid so I think it’s just my bone structure.

    • Jess says:

      Exactly, this woman looked wonderful before the Botox and I don’t even see wrinkles! It’s mind boggling. I wish our culture would stop glorifying youthful women, gotta stay young and tight, which is actually disgusting if you think about it.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        It’s like steroids in sports. The top people are doing it so you have to also to keep up or achieve the same. It’s sad to see, but worse that so many influencers promote this style.

      • Ohlala says:

        The thing is that it is not even youthful or glam. I swear i look now at all those faces (and it is like a plague among very young women!) and all it screams it is done and fake. Oh and those lip fillers. Whenever i see natural woman i see the real beauty. I realized how actually beatiful wrinkles,lines can be. Grey hair. Natural own face.

    • Maida says:

      Yep, “botox” = botulism toxin. Which we used to worry about getting in canned food, and which can be straight-up fatal in the wrong concentrations. 100 percent not worth it, in my opinion.

      • Ange says:

        It has medical uses beyond appearance augmentation, it is also used for patients with cerebral palsy and has been doing great things in that region. Just because it has the sort of fluffy ‘beauty treatment’ tag doesn’t mean this is some dangerous, unregulated drug. It has been tested and is safe to use. You’re not getting fatal doses of unchecked can germs.

    • Moxylady says:

      I get it for my migraines. I refused and refused but I had a stroke. At 36. And after that I couldn’t use the normal go to migraine meds anymore. I can’t take Ib profen even. And the stress was immense meaning more jaw clenching and grinding. So. I got the Botox. And I am very happy I did. Is it scary? Yes. Do I think sometimes that this is our version of lead makeup? Yes. Does it allow me to be a mother to my little boys and not spend days in bed? …. yes.

  2. Léna says:

    OMG I almost cried just watching the video. I hate everything eye related.

    • Esmom says:

      It’s really terrifying. To pay money for an elective beauty procedure and to end up looking like she had some sort of severe neurological episode…no thank you.

      • North of Boston says:

        “… to end up looking like she had some sort of severe neurological episode …”

        She doesn’t just *look* like she had some sort of severe neurological episode.
        She actually HAD some sort of severe neurological episode.

        If that side of her face is starting to go back to ‘normal’ she is one very very lucky person.

      • Esmom says:

        Yes, she did. And I agree that she is lucky that it’s resolving itself. But I can’t imagine she will ever look exactly the same way she did before.

    • lucy2 says:

      I really wish I hadn’t watched the video, it’s going to give me nightmares!

  3. Lemons says:

    When I see this, I just think there HAS to be another way than injectables!

    • Yup, Me says:

      There is, it’s called letting your face be your face.

    • petee says:

      I have had Botox and only had one bad experience and it was my first time.The doctor put to much in my forehead and I couldn’t move it.It felt like a brick was in there.I had to wait six months for it to go away.The next one’s alway’s turned out nice and natural.It really depends on the doctor.The first one was a quack.The doctors I have now know what they are doing.I also was more vocal about what i wanted.I haven’t had any since the Pandemic and I am pretty comfortable without it.There are bigger issues now.

  4. manda says:

    I feel like there are other things that they can inject you with other than botox, too, but I don’t really know what they are. I hate how un-knowing I am in this department because I need to start thinking about it. I have been thinking about getting that nuface thing but really not sure if I would use it

    I looked at her insta and I give her PROPS for continuing to post. I watched her unbox a pair of very cute golden goose sneakers. Also, that was original audio in this video here and it was catchy!

    • Betsy says:

      There are a few other paralytics (I think they’re called) and a series of fillers. But fillers don’t fix sagging and they never leave your body; they just migrate within your body.

      One of my eyelids began to sag to the point I couldn’t see anymore and one doc tried to push botox on me. An oculoplastic surgeon said that botox can make things sag (like this lady found out) and that surgery was the only way to fix my specific sag. I had the eye done and now I can see out of both eyes again!

      • Esmom says:

        My mom had the surgery on both eyes for the same reason and was so scared prior that she would somehow look dramatically different. She didn’t. Her only regret was waiting so long to do it. I can see I am headed that way in a decade or two, too.

      • manda says:

        My eye doctor told me that because I have such deepset eyes, there is a chance I will need that in the future. What is it, blepharoplasty or something like that? I’m pretty sure insurance covers that. I’m happy your found the right solution!

      • Betsy says:

        @Esmom – it was such a ridiculously simple surgery (from a patient perspective). It was so nice to be able to see normally again, and I didn’t realize how people treated me differently until it was fixed and people started treating me better.

        @ manda Yes, it’s blepharoplasty. Mine was covered by insurance since it was a vision issue and it’s so nice having a matched set! I have deepset eyes, too.

      • TeamAwesome says:

        I would never botox, but I am also not enjoying how my hooded eyes are getting just a little bit droopier every year. Good to hear such good results from that surgery.

      • Doodle says:

        I have ridiculously hooded eyes and I know I need this surgery in the next few years. I’m scared of it – my moms friend said it was painful and the recovery was terrible. You are giving me hope that it’s not bad at all. Please tell me more and lift my spirits. I’ll screen grab and save. Eye stuff scares the crap out of me.

    • Hannah Young says:

      I have NuFace and it’s great, but only get it if you can actually commit to using it 5 days a week for the first 2 months and then 2 to 3 times a week forever. Also, a few people I know had teeth sensitivity, migraines, and sunken eyes (not altogether) so that’s something to keep in mind. I experienced migraines when I upped the level (from lowest to second lowest setting) – but haven’t had any issues since going back to the lowest setting.

    • ReginaGeorge says:

      The best thing to do is to start maintenance in your 30′s. Drink plenty of water and don’t drink OD or smoke. Then go in to the derm and start with chemical peels and lasers to repair the top layers and remove photoaging and light scarring. Microneedling builds collagen, flattens deep scarring and wrinkles. The derm can prescribe tretinoin (retinA) which after decades is still the gold standard to help fight wrinkles and better than any OTC retinol. Hyaluronic acid lip balms and moisturizers also go a long way for daily maintenance and plumping.

      And last but not least, PDO thread lift. Look it up. OMG it is an easy procedure 1/2 hour tops and it snatches your neck and cheeks area and gives your lower face that v-shape from your youth. And you can literally go back to work the next day, no down time as long as you’re not on vitamin a or d and stop using retinols for a few days before the procedure.

      Be prepared to invest in your face. I’m in my 40′s now and instead of the expensive clothes and vacations, I’ve been investing more in my skin. I have never needed botox and I stopped getting filler in my tear thoughs for years because it was causing swelling and wouldn’t go away. Also, a lil restraint goes a long way. Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to doing a bunch of crap to your face.

      • Watson says:

        ReginaGeorge: I’m with you on this. I’ve been researching pdo threads and love their results!! Only thing stopping me is cost at this point. As for Botox and fillers? They are great too but man…people really need to exercise restraint when they can. So many people go overboard!

        I’d also like to add sunscreen to the list. Just slap some on. It’s cheap and cheerful and goes a long way to protecting your skin!

      • ReginaGeorge says:

        @Watson

        Yes! PDO’s are a game changer.

        Definitely can’t forget the sunscreen! Especially if you are using retinols, it’s a must!

      • molly says:

        @ReginaGeorge
        Sunscreen, yes!! Every single day. Not just when you’re going to the beach.

      • manda says:

        I just looked up the thread thing and it seems a little scary but I will for sure talk to my derm about it! I’m 44. I’ve had dermabrasion once, years ago. I go to the derm twice a year, but for moles and skin changes, and so I thought he was basically a “take care of your skin” derm and not a “beauty stuff too” derm, you know what I mean? I asked him last time if he did beauty stuff and he said yes, so next time I’m just going to have to be like, “ok, dude, then start trying to sell me something.” All of the different things are so overwhelming! But I did read those nuface comments and am leaning more towards getting one. I have been feeling saggy

      • ReginaGeorge says:

        @manda,

        I tried it and it was amazing. I went in and they numbed my face and I felt no pain at all. You do feel your skin stretched a bit at first and it feels slightly tender, nothing crazy. I was able to go home without any visible bruising or anything. My daughter couldn’t even tell I got anything done when I got home that evening. I was left with a few dots on the sites where the threads were inserted immediately after, but it just looked like freckles. And that went away after a few days. Also, when I got home, I applied Arnica gel immediately to keep any bruising from forming. I stopped taking vitamin A,D,E for a few days leading up to it because that will definitely make you bruise. I was literally back to work the next day and NO ONE could tell that I got anything done but everyone had commented on how refreshed and thinner I looked. lol

      • tatannelise says:

        I had PDO thread lift, and it did absolutely nothing. Botox is fine but doesn’t last long on me, and my biggest issue is less facial fat as I age and never having had much by way of cheekbones, so filler is the best stopgap for me for now. I wish I hadn’t wasted my $ on the threads, but I’m glad they work for some people!

        I have a close friend who is an aesthetic nurse practitioner, and she has taught me so much about what to look for and how not to look plastic when you get filler, botox, etc. You really have to spend lots of $$$ to look like a real housewife. She was skeptical of the threads, and I wish I’d listened to her! But she has been on point about filler and where it should go, and I always err on the side of less rather than more. Ironically, I inherited extremely full lips from my dad, so that’s probably the only part of me that people wonder about being real. (One of my kids inherited them, so at least people know I didn’t buy them when we’re together, lol.)

        Totally concur about investing in my face now that I’m in my 40s.

      • Starkille says:

        Why are Americans so terrified of just aging naturally? So many people I know have died young and would have been thrilled to trade a few wrinkles for a longer life. Why the obsession and fixation with youth?

      • tcbc says:

        @ReginaGeorge What did you end up doing about your tear troughs? I’ve seen you comment here before, and I think we have similar skincare philosophies, but that you are more knowledgeable than I am. I have very deep set eyes, and was planning on getting tear trough filler for the first time in a couple of months. Is there another option?

        Microneedling has been amazing, I just wish it wasn’t so expensive! What do you think of the Dr. Pen microneedling pens that people can buy online? They don’t penetrate as deep, but that’s probably best for home use. I was wondering if I should invest in one to do lighter treatments myself so that I can space the heavy duty dermatologist microneedling treatments farther apart. Do you needle your tear troughs?

        I have Fitzpatrick IV skin so I am very wary of a lot of laser treatments and peels. Thanks for you help! (And sorry to CB for going off topic like this.)

    • TaraBest says:

      I’ve been using the NuFace since December and have decided it’s worth it. I worked my way up to highest setting and haven’t had any issues. The key is to make sure you use enough gel so that it doesn’t dry out halfway through. I put the gel on section by section so this doesn’t happen.

      I feel like my face is a bit “firmer” and my cheekbones are more defined after using. I’m also using a prescription tretinoin a few times a week to keep those cells turning over. Most importantly always wear sunscreen! I am never without, even if I’m not leaving the house and it’s overcast outside. I always thought I’d start getting Botox in my 30s but have decided to use other treatments for the time being. Still not ruling it out, but I’m glad I haven’t gone there yet.

      • manda says:

        Thank you for your input! The possibility of headaches is off-putting, but I’m thinking I might want to try. What does it feel like, like gentle zapping or heat?

    • TaraBest says:

      @Manda, If you use the gel they sell for it, it doesn’t feel like anything! If you run it over an area where the gel has dried out, you will feel a “zap” though and the skin will redden some. I use it on the highest setting and haven’t had any issues with headaches or other side effects. I bought the Trinity, but without the additional attachments and now I’m thinking of getting them too so I can use it for eye/lips too.

  5. Nanny to the Rescue says:

    How old is she?

    She looks 20 in some pics and 45 in others. I guess she’s closer to latter if she’s using botox. Or at least I hope she’s not doing it at 27. But I really can’t tell.

    • Celebitchy says:

      I would assume she’s in her mid 30s. She looks older in the IG stories video but because of the fillers and botox you can’t really tell.

      • Snappyfish says:

        I have been getting Botox on a crease between my eyes for years. It has actually kept it from getting worse as I age. I ride horses every day (my whole life & you can’t ride with sunglasses on all the time) I have never had a problem BUT I go to a plastic surgeon for my injections. Every 4 months & only she & I know the crease is there. The biggest thing is to go to someone who KNOWS what they are doing not just someone who took the seminar & got a “you can do Botox” certificate.

        I pay more than a lot of my friends but I pay to have someone know how NOT to make mistakes

  6. LaUnicaAngelina says:

    This scares me so much which is why I don’t think I’ll ever try Botox. I appreciate that she’s sharing her story.

  7. M says:

    This is a common side effect. When I get mine for my migraines, there are specific instructions to not apply pressure to the injection areas or to lay flat for hours in order to avoid it spreading to the wrong places. I’ve never had issues. Your mileage may vary, but it’s worth it for me. Nothing else has helped my headaches like the botox.

    • Kate says:

      Same, Botox for migraines has been life changing. I get it injected into my temples (as well as between my eyes) and I will say it has changed my face shape a bit, but not having migraines is worth pretty much anything in my opinion.

    • Astrid says:

      Thanks for the reminder. I wouldn’t get Botox for wrinkles but if I had migraines, Botox would be on my list of things to try.

    • Betsy says:

      Yeah, if my “special headaches” (I call them that superstitiously) got terrible, I’d get botox for that. I am not going to get them for my wrinkles.

    • Jules says:

      Yes this is a side effect. And if you are dealing with excruciating migraines, the risk may be worth it. For wrinkles and vanity, nope.

      • lucy2 says:

        I agree, that’s the only reason I’d do it.

        I’m in my 40s, but avoid the sun, don’t smoke, and drink a lot of water. Beyond that, what happens happens. Honestly I rarely notice wrinkles on other people, unless someone has extreme sun damage or something. Maybe it’s different for people who post a lot of photos of themselves or something, but I just don’t worry about it that much.

  8. Chaine says:

    At least she’s got a sense of humor about it. All of these influencers look alike to me, skinny bottle-blondes with big teeth and overly drawn eyebrows—now she stands out from the rest.

    • girl_ninja says:

      “Now she stands out from the rest!”

      I cackled!

      Poor girl. That has got to be terrifying and a bit of a hit to the ego.

  9. NotSoSocialButterfly says:

    When I was in my early forties (bad migraines like I had as a young teen hit HARD in perimenopause) I got injections for migraines after abortives and preventatives failed to stop them… this included injections in the hairline and temple area- which injured a peripheral nerve and since then always have a small divot in my eyebrow. It’s not something that bothers me per se, but retrospectively I feel angry that the doctor (an oculoplastic board-certified surgeon) had cleared his assistant to do this, as if she had appropriate knowledge of facial neuroanatomy. Hindsight *is* 20/20.

    It’s rather scary when you consider there are normal variations of nerve and vessel placement.
    I wonder how many injectors aspirate to make sure they are not in a blood vessel, to prevent systemic botulinum injection. **shudders**

    With this woman, though, why would you inject *more* in an area that already has droop because of it?????? Seems entirely counter-intuitive.

    • Betsy says:

      I posted above about this: I had congenital ptosis in one eye that got worse in my 30s to the point that my pupil was being covered and one ophthalmologist I saw wanted to put botox into my eye area. She said something about how it would paralyze the muscle (which was already sagging) and lift it? That’s been ten years so I’m forgetting her exact explanation. Anyway, it was baloney. As this influencer found out!

  10. FHMom says:

    Holy hell. That is scary. I would have spent a month with my eyes closed to avoid that super open eye. I’m glad she shared and hope she doesn’t do it again.

  11. Christa says:

    I only get the corrugator muscle done. That muscle stops you from furrowing your brow when injected. Her problem was caused by the injection sites on the orbicularis which were supposed to treat her crows feet. Botox lasts about 3 months with peak weakness at 3 weeks then a slow wearing off period.

  12. Busybody says:

    I need to know how often she gets Botox and if this reaction happened with her first time. I’ve had two rounds of Botox for my 11s and really like the results, but I would be mortified if something like this happened. FWIW, I’m in my mid-40s, have a very expressive face and a career where clients stare at my face all day and rely on the emotion I express, so I asked for a light touch with Botox. I can still move everything, but don’t have such severe RBF anymore.

    • Deb says:

      Busybody, same here. I’ve been getting Botox for over a decade for my 11s and I have never had any kind of reaction of any kind. My doctor believes in the subtle touch so I never look frozen. The eye droop this woman has can happen with Botox and if you’re getting injections by a qualified medical professional they should warn you of possible side effects before you proceed.

      My doctor told me that so many people are asking him to inject their entire face and he won’t do it. They see the results from their initial injections (like the 11s) and want everything done. Like every cosmetic procedure, Botox carries some risk. But in the hands of a qualified and experienced person that risk is very minimal.

      • Becks says:

        Same. I’m in my early forties and have been getting botox on my 11′s and forehead for more than a decade. I love it! I see a doctor who is very conservative the amount he uses, he really believes less is more. I go twice a year and I am very happy with the results.
        The key is to go light on the units and go to someone who really knows what they are doing.

      • schmootc says:

        I’m 47 and have been getting forehead Botox since I was in my late 20s/early 30s. (I scowl a LOT.) My makeup had started to settle between my brows and I’d also see them in my rearview mirror when I was driving. Drove me crazy, so I do in 3-4 times a year. Have gone to my dermatologist ($$$) and then switched to cheaper doctor ($$) who does all the skin/lipo services just up to actual surgery.

  13. Joanna says:

    I’ve had Botox many times and never had an issue. * knocking wood*

  14. Granger says:

    But… but… she is lovely. A beautiful woman. I don’t even for one minute understand why she needed (or felt she needed) Botox.

  15. Jayna says:

    If I never hear the word “influencer” again, that would make me very happy.

  16. Murphy says:

    This is why you have it administered by a doctor/nurse, not a rando at a beauty bar.

  17. Brandy says:

    I have a very serious vertical line between my eyes (fondly termed my “WTF” line) that has deepened significantly over the last ten years. When I think, I furrow my brows and the line makes me look mean or angry. I got Botox for it about 10 years ago, and it was so positive in terms of the way I came across in meetings. I’ve had it twice since for the same reason, and no issues. I am scheduled again next week because I have to testify in a trial, and I don’t want my “WTF” line to be in full effect when I think questions are ridiculously stupid.

    • TaraBest says:

      @Brandy, that’s what I call my lines too! I used to work in property management with a staff of 30 people and felt like all day I was having conversations and reading emails that made me pull the “WTF” face. I haven’t gotten Botox yet, but I’ve always said that’s where I would use it. Glad to hear it’s worked so well for you!

    • Ann says:

      I have something like that too, and it’s the only thing for which I would consider Botox. Needles in my face horrify me, I’ve had to have them to get a small Basal Cell removed. I don’t even like facials, lol. Sunscreen, skin products, no smoking, that’s been my regime….but it doesn’t get rid of that stubborn WTF line.

  18. Kittylouise says:

    So agree that this is something which I would only trust a doctor to do – not a nurse or person at a beauty spa. I want someone with a decent amount of training and experience.

    I’ve seen Whitney on tiktok – she seems lovely with a sense of humour about this whole thing. It’s not a permanent situation and will go down. She was injected in the wrong place. Hopefully she’ll be back to normal soon!

  19. Amy Too says:

    I just find it crazy that the Botox gave her uneven eyebrows so she got more Botox to fix it and then it caused the scary drooping thing and so she’s using Botox to fix it again. Why!? Why keep using the thing that is screwing up your face so much? Why would you risk it? Why would you use the thing that caused the problem as a solution to the problem? It seems bizarre to me.

    I think this is how some women and celebs end up looking absolutely crazy. They get a little thing done and it’s not what they expected or it’s a little wonky so they get something else done to fix it/even it and it doesn’t turn out quite right so they get it redone and redone and redone. I don’t get it.

  20. NotoriousA says:

    I’m 36, and started getting small amounts of Botox when I was 33 from an expert injector in my major metro area. There is absolutely nothing wrong with getting cosmetic treatments that make you feel better. I had two kids under 3 at the time, wasn’t sleeping, and was generally miserable. One very deep line started making its appearance on my forehead, and it went away completely about 2 cycles of using Botox (4-6 months-ish).

    Two things:
    1. If you’re going to get something done, so some research first. Don’t just go anywhere. My rule is that if you have to use a Groupon, the injector probably isn’t worth it, anyway.

    2. Can we stop shaming women for wanting to look good and feel good about themselves? If you’re comfortable in your skin, that’s awesome. If you’re not, and Botox or filler may help, do you, boo! I can agree some of these people overdo it, but the good news is only they have to look at themselves in the mirror every day. Let people do what they want without judgment.

    • megs283 says:

      I completely agree with “feel good” – but the “look good” raises my hackles a bit. If people want to get Botox, more power to them – but that doesn’t mean that people with wrinkles don’t look good.

    • Ellie says:

      I agree with all of this, and all the judgment I see on the internet and from the few people I’ve told IRL that I’ve gotten Botox are the reason why I have told so few people. I’m not ashamed of it, but I don’t want to deal with the misguided or even rude comments when I can slip by without anyone even noticing I get Botox if I don’t mention it. Of course though, people should absolutely know the risks, go to someone who is actually qualified and not go overboard.

      @megs283 – For me at least, I don’t judge other people’s attractiveness on wrinkles or lack thereof. It’s just that I FEEL that I don’t look good with them. It would be great if I could look past my own, but I started developing them early and I’m just not there yet.

    • Lamb says:

      Yes to all of this! I started getting wrinkles in my forehead at age 22 (damn genetics – my brothers and dad have the same wrinkles). I am also incredibly pale, didn’t always take the best care of my skin as a teen, and have a very expressive face. My wrinkles by age 28 were so pronounced and deep I felt like I looked 20 years older, which really hurt my self-esteem. Botox has been a life-saver. I only get it in my forehead every 6ish months and I look so much younger. I don’t think it makes me look frozen either, I just look more my age. I get it done by a doctor and have never had an issue. I am so grateful something like Botox exists. My husband and mom know I do it, but I don’t tell anyone else because people are so judgy.

    • blackswan says:

      The thing that stood out for me was the her reference to “injector.” That means she did not go to an MD. It’s so, so, so important to find a board certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon or ENT for any injectable. More expensive for sure, but you do not want this outcome.

  21. Jess says:

    I use light Botox every six months or year to help the furrow between my eyes and it really helps. I don’t like the feeling for about a month but i do it lightly and love how much the lines between my eyes (I’ve always frowned when I read) have decreased.

  22. Ladykatan says:

    I’m all for people doing whatever they want with their own bodies, but the concept of Botox for cosmetic reasons is puzzling to me.. injecting botulism into your face to cause temporary paralysis, only causes the muscles surrounding the injection site to work harder; therefore literally creating more wrinkles. And making you need more Botox. It’s a never ending cycle that does actually more harm than good..

  23. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Once menopause hit and I started losing all my awesome thick hair, and dark hair left was becoming calico framed with platinum blonde 😐, and my body quit being dependable (inside and out), and exercise and diet didn’t work like they did before, and I started becoming aquainted with the ‘older’ me, I’m going to go with it. Sure I’ll still watch what I eat and try to exercise more and more, and meditate while I play with skin, hair and body care products anyone can purchase and take home, but I’m growing old with my face and my body. If we’re lucky enough to have bodies that work, we should be thankful instead of constantly trying to alter what we take for granted. At least that’s what I’m telling myself lol.

    • A says:

      Ikr. I feel like the whole “maintenance” thing for keeping your skin looking young is too far in some respects as well. You’re supposed to age. You’re not supposed to look like you’re 20 when you’re 55. That’s normal. The fact that a person looks their age is how it’s supposed to be, and looking younger isn’t necessarily a sign that your skin is better/healthier either.

      I’m seeing a loooooot of suggestions for trying retinol as an anti-aging treatments, and the over eagerness with which people gush about tretinoin esp is a bit alarming. I’m on the younger side, but I’ve been into skin care for a few years, and retinols are not supposed to be the first line of defense you use for anti-aging. There are a whole gulf of treatments of which retinol is actually an extreme, and people aren’t taking the time to explore those at all. I’m seeing people jumping into the retinol anti-aging bandwagon feet first, without having taken the time to build a proper skin care routine, and that’s a surefire way to damage your skin even more in the long run. I’m willing to bet a good portion of the folks using retinols for anti-aging don’t 1) moisturize nearly enough for the products they’re using, and 2) don’t wear anywhere close to the amount of sunscreen they should be, which is a must. All of that is counterintuitive to the health of their skin.

      We live in a society obsessed with looking young. But looking young is not always a sign that your skin is healthy or doing well. Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It’s the first line of protection you’ve got. It’s health should be the priority, not its aesthetics.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        Exactly. Plus, I was told I was beautiful from a very young age to well into my 40s. Even though I might not have believed it, ever, I think I had a ‘good run’ lol. I can’t be young and/or sexy forever. Now I’m ‘cute’ I hear lmao. Okie dokie. At five feet and shrinking, I’m good with that.

  24. AnnaKist says:

    Aaahhh. Vanity…

  25. Chlo says:

    I had my second round of botox injections for chronic migraines last Wednesday. I have severe TMJ pain from my migraines, so I asked her to try injections for that as well, which meant doing one shot in each of my cheeks. It’s been one week, and myy smile is not the same – I look like I’m grimacing! I’ve called it my Kiera Knightly smile (said with love because I love her). My vain self is thinking I will skip the TMJ shot next time and weigh if a messed up smile is worth the pain relief.

  26. Lunasf17 says:

    I’m usually a do whatever makes you feel good person but I do think there are serious risk with Botox that are not presented to people doing it. I’ll never buy that injecting your face with a literal neurotoxin that breaks down your body is not harmful. That makes no sense. Also I am so sick of the Botox look, I feel like it makes everyone look generic and stretched out and just frozen and not very attractive. If it makes you feel good And you’re willing to take the risks then that’s your decision but I just wish we could move past the fake Botox look and just admit that people age and that’s fine. Getting to grow old is a privilege and something I never want to take for granted when so many people don’t have that privilege.

  27. Reece says:

    I accept the Karma I will be receiving for laughing at this.

  28. Diana says:

    This is a PSA to not get Botox! Yikes and nope!!!!! Ugh I am even lazy about dying my hair… but this stuff can seriously do legit harm to your body. Why mess with your face like this?

  29. Leah says:

    Poor woman. I never understood the need to get needles stuck in ones face for the sake of vanity. I guess because needles give me the bejebuseses. Tomorrow I get the second vaccination jab and I’m climbing up the wall a little bit but I know that this shot is way too important to let fear override good sense.

  30. Teresa says:

    I hate the way Botox has been normalized in beauty industry. There is nothing wrong with having wrinkles. There. I said it.

    • Sadie says:

      Thank you for saying it! I’m 50 and take good care of myself inside and out. That’s enough for me. No Botox here. We are so fixated on looks and it just seems to get more intense all the time.

  31. Christa says:

    Ima keep on keeping on with the Botox. It’s great if you do it right. Of course you are all welcome to not get Botox but it won’t deter me from enjoying mine.

  32. Jezebeelzebub says:

    Can I just say something? I dont understand how An Influencer is a job. How is that a job? I DON’T GET IT. I’m too old.

  33. Frida_K says:

    I’m glad she’s getting acupuncture. That definitely will help. If you have Botox, you in fact, should not get acupuncture in the area that’s been frozen because it will make the Botox wear off faster.

    Aesthetic acupuncture treatment is much better than Botox in my estimation. You can smooth the wrinkles and also brighten up the skin in general with acupuncture and it looks natural and like a healthier version of your pre-treatment self.

  34. Grant says:

    I have been getting botox regularly for 3-4 years, originally due to chronic migraines. I have never had any kind of reaction like this. I’m curious as to where she went to get botox and whether it was botox or dysport or something similar. Dysport spreads more than botox does so that might be why this lady got a wonky eye.

  35. Sarah says:

    Each time when I scheduled my Covid19 vaccine shots there was a box to check if a person recently had fillers. There is some interesting articles out there about the vaccine and fillers.

  36. Dude says:

    I love love love Botox. For wrinkles. It makes me so happy. I’ll never not get it. I’m 45, started last year. There. I said it!

  37. laura-j says:

    I guess I just wonder why someone in her 20s or early 30s needs botox at all…