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Too Much Botox for France’s First Lady?

April 24th, 2012

Sarkozy couple in Paris 2008. Photo by Reuters

How much is too much Botox? Model Carla Bruni is barely recognizable as the glamorous woman who married Sarkozy in 2008. According to London’s Daily Mail, four years as France’s first lady seemed to have taken their toll on Carla Bruni when she was photographed voting in presidential elections this week. Many suggested that too much Botox and other surgical procedures have transformed her fresh and beautiful model looks into something really strange.  Exit polls correctly predicted that her husband, President Nicolas Sarkozy, would most likely suffer a defeat in the first round of France’s 2012 presidential election. After his defeat at the polls this week, Sarkozy now faces a run-off vote on May 6.

Carla Bruni voting in France this week.  Photo by AP

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More Men Opting for Nipntucks

April 17th, 2012

Last weekend the Los Angeles Times had a 2-page cover story about cosmetic surgery in their Image section.  Topics ranged from couples getting surgery to examples of Hollywood’s roster of bad results.   Topping Hollywood’s   most well-known controversial nipntucks are Heidi Montag, Mickey Rourke and Bruce Jenner.

I happen to agree with the LA Times, these celebrities have had results that are outside the norm of typical results.  Since I have spent more time in Los Angeles in the past 10 years, I find that severe aesthetics seem to be acceptable and perhaps even expected.   However, it is most likely contrary to the expectations of most patients outside of the “Hollywood bubble.”

Reporter Susan Carpenter points out that more men are having cosmetic surgery.   I do agree with her, according to  The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, there was almost a 10% jump in men having elective cosmetic procedures.   I have seen a gradual increase in men embracing the notion of undergoing nipntucks themselves.   Stats include 23,000 men having eyelid surgeries to shave a few years off of a tired appearance and almost double that number, 41,000 were liposuctioned to create a more fit appearance last year.  Once almost exclusively reserved for women, men are no longer shy about considering cosmetic surgery for themselves, buying into the adage “Look good, feel good.”

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