Thursday, 10 July 2008

A perm and a botox please

Some Sydney hairdressers are now offering botox injections, while you get your hair done.

The China Post reports Aussies also are getting the anti-wrinkle treatment at a higher rate than Americans. Jenny O'Dea of University of Sydney, said the $300 million dollars spent on Botox treatments shows that it is an industry that preys on women's poor body image and low self-esteem.

"I think this just feeds the whole idea that a woman can never be good enough," O'Dea says.

Botox paralyses facial muscles for between four and six months, softening the appearance of any wrinkles.

Dr Martin Braun, a Vancouver cosmetic physician said Australian actress Nicole Kidman was bad for business because Botox treatments left her looking 'frozen and strange.'

"That's really doing nothing to help our job because we've got women coming to us saying that's what we don't want to look like," he told a conference on the Gold Coast. "These people who have extraordinary amounts of money and fame are actually getting, in my opinion, poor medical advice."

Spot the wrinkle: Nicole Kidman at 21 years old, one year ago, and last month

Dr Braun, who runs the biggest Botox clinic in Canada, told UK's Daily Mail he's convinced Kidman had been an 'enthusiastic user'.

"Nicole seems to get her Botox done two or three weeks before a big event, so when she for instance, goes up on stage to collect her Academy Award she looks frozen and strange," Braun says.

Kidman has always denied using Botox injections. "I am completely natural," she said in a recent magazine interview. "I have nothing in my face or anything."

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