And Once Again, I Fear We’ve Lost the Plot.

Sure, you’ve got election results to tally and Halloween candy to finish. But this just in, from MSNBC: A Canadian woman escaped a DUI charge because her recent Botox injections prevented her from being able to blow for the breathalyzer test.

[Paddi Anne Moore, 51] admits, sure, she was drinking that night, but she says she simply couldn’t comply with the trooper because she’d recently received Botox injections and the wrinkle-freezer kept her from puckering her lips.

The officer charged her with refusing to give a breath sample, but a judge threw out the case when she presented a doctor’s note confirming that she’d just been freshly Botoxed and indeed, was lacking the usual range of motion in her lips.

Oh and there’s this: The story quotes a plastic surgeon who explains that Botox isn’t usually injected around the mouth because it can interfere with muscle movement and lead to drooping and drooling.

So not only did a cosmetic surgical procedure help Moore escape her brush with the law — an incorrectly performed cosmetic surgical procedure got her off the hook.

Even though, as you guys know, I’ve lately been gravitating towards the wash-your-hair-with-vinegar end of the beauty spectrum (a Beauty U detox, if you will! More on this soon!), I’ve been trying to feel really open-minded about Botox ever since the FDA approved it for the treatment of migraines last month, because I’m a frequent migraine sufferer myself, and if that sh*t works, sign me up.

But then I read stuff like this. And I think I’m back to being freaked about it.

Thoughts on Botox? Or general tales of how you’ve fought the law?

[Photo: “Botox Sale!” by Giletti, via Flickr’s Creative Commons.]




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6 responses to “And Once Again, I Fear We’ve Lost the Plot.

  1. Alix

    I think if I had frown lines on my forehead, I might try Botox. But I don’t (haven’t had them since my divorce…which tells you something about that marriage), and my other wrinkles don’t bother me.

    For a medical use, such as migraines? Bring it on! No one should have to suffer such pain.

  2. danceswithfat

    How did she get her lips around a straw or a glass to drink? Was she pulled over with booze all over the front of her shirt?

    I respect whatever anybody wants to do with their body, just like I want my choices to be respected.

    As for me, I don’t suffer my migraines (if I did I bet I’d be willing to give anything a try) but I just don’t think that having a neurotoxin that causes paralysis injected into my skin is a reasonable response to a few wrinkles.

    According to their website “Rare complications of Botox injections include ‘drooping’ or muscle weakness. If a high dose is injected into the crow’s feet around the eyes the patient may have problems blinking. About 1 percent of patients having Botox treatment to correct frown lines experience drooping of the eye lid or, where injections were given above the lips, they may have uncontrollable drooling from the side of the mouth. As the results of Botox are temporary these unpleasant side effects should wear off over a period of 3 to 4 months. ”

    Yikes! I will take some laugh lines over 3-4 months of uncontrollable drooling.

  3. Kate

    This is most definitely a case of Botox gone awry. There is no reason someone should be doing so many things to their face that they can’t manage to pucker and blow. That said, I fully admit that I will probably eventually use Botox to combat the little line that’s inevitably going to form between my eyes (the result of brow furrowing, I guess). That’s not because I mind looking older, but because I don’t particularly want to look permanently angry all the time. But crow’s feet? Those are the result of laughing. I’ll keep those.

  4. As a therapist who spends hours listening to clients, I seem to have this look of perpetual concern on my face. As a result, I’ve developed some deep creases on my forehead. Ugh. That said, I don’t want to ever use botox. Most of us have such difficulty accepting change and the passage of time. Why do we expect our faces not to be subject to gravity? Why is it important to have a face like a 16 year old? It’s kind of like wanting our bodies to go back to their pre-pregnancy shape. Nothing is the same as it was before baby, so why should our bodies go back?

  5. Hm. Since I started chemo, my eyelids occasionally go into spasms. It’s super-annoying. I wonder if botox would prevent that…

    ‘course, I’ve only got one more session (yey!) so I’m not going to bother with it. But for future reference, that might be helpful.

    ‘course x2 I’m so absent-minded I’ll prob’ly never remember…

    ah well.

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