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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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Red Carpet Over-Plumping

January 30th, 2012

It’s Hollywood Award Season again.   You might remember the Foster Farms ad campaign for their chicken products about over-plumping.   In their television commercial, chickens are seen in a plastic surgeon’s office receiving injections to make them plumper.   It is quite obvious that they are way too plump.   This situation is underscored by the distorted facial appearance of the surgeon’s nurse when she finally reveals her face to the camera.   It is a funny parody of the sometimes over-zealous use of fillers in Hollywood,  perhaps on the Red Carpet this time of year.

I see over-plumping all the time, especially in the lips.   The individuals, usually women, loose all of their natural lip shape and end up with what is often referred to as “trout pout.”   They look as if the they have sausages for lips.   The over-injection usually masks all natural proportion.   The television commercial effectively uses this phenomenon for optimum comedic effect.   However, I agree with the tagline, over plumping is never good.

A word of caution, the over-injection of any area of the body can lead to skin loss and terrible, uncorrectable scarring.   The large volume of material simply reduces the blood flow to the treated area in such a way that the skin, muscle and fat die.   Fortunately, this complication is very rare when only modest amounts of filler materials are used.

Finally, please avoid all silicone injections for any  cosmetic reasons.   The risk of chronic long term inflammation which arises is not worth it.

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