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Nicole Kidman says she's over Botox

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Reviewed by Marta January 18, 2011 8 Comments
Nicole Kidman has finally admitted that she has tried Botox. Well, no surprises there. But what is news – at least in my book  - is that says she's over it now.

"I've tried a lot of things, but aside from sports and good nutrition, most things don't make a difference," Kidman, who is 43, told the German magazine TV Movie. "I have also tried Botox.” Then she added: "I didn't like how my face looked afterwards. Now I don't use it anymore - I can move my forehead again. “

Anyone who has followed Ms Kidman over the last few years will likely agree that she was starting to look a bit strange. But there are compelling health reasons other than appearance and forehead mobility to quit Botox.

A couple of years ago, the results of a study were released showing that injected botulinum toxin can travel to the brain, degrading proteins. The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience last week, was conducted in Italy. Rats were given injections of botulinum around their whisker muscles and three days later it was found that some of the toxin had reached their brains. It was still there six months later. To be fair, not all of it; most of it remained in situ. The Botox that did reach the brain acted on the nerves and entered the brain cells.

Allergan, the makers of Botox, say that the Italian study is inconclusive. Maybe, but a another study in Canada, this time on cats, revealed that the toxin passed easily into the surrounding muscles and weakened all the muscles in the area. The results support other research that has already shown that botulinum can pass through tissue surrounding muscle.

All of which makes an amusing post on Spoof.com that Nicole and hubby Keith Urban had a second child by a surrogate to avoid “pre-natal Botox poisoning” not all that far off the mark.

More recently, researchers at Barnard College New York claimed that Botox participants (versus a control group that were injected with Restylane "exhibited an overall significant decrease in the strength of emotional experience”. This, they say, is because feedback from facial expressions to the brain can influence the experience of emotions.

And emotions for an actress would be fairly useful , wouldn’t you say.
  • October 11, 2011

    by emily

    I'm glad she admitted this because I respect her and her personality and I was very disappointed when I saw she wasn't honest regarding a botox treatment she had.
    There were rumors that she had a <a href="http://www.skinvitality.ca/medical-services/toronto-botox.php/">botox Toronto</a> treatment a few years ago, but seems that was just a lie.

    I hope in the future more celebrities will be honest with us, because we don't judge a botox treatment, we judge the fact that they deny having it....

  • April 12, 2011

    by Beth

    I've heard that if you get botox enough times, you're muscles "forget" how to contract, so you don't need to do it anymore. Maybe that's where Nicole is at.

  • February 7, 2011

    by Foxy

    I love Nicole, and truthfully as I see Nicole age I do get sad. When I am 90 years old I still want to see Nicole on the red carpet looking like she was a 20 something. So I do appreciate all these celebrities trying to stay beautiful for a long time.

    That being said, I wonder though if the Botox has not weakened (or even strengthened) the muscles in her lower face causing her entire face to 'drag down' and lose the little pointy chin she once had. I know as you age you get jowls, but I do believe this 'face shape' change is a result of the botox muscle paralyzation. Naomi Watts has eye wrinkles when she smiles, but she still has the same face shape.

  • January 20, 2011

    by primrose krasicki

    Without sounding patronising why on earth does Nicole want or think she needs all this facial work ?.The camera doesn't lie,botox stretches the skin and worse its obvious she has had tooooo much done.She is a very good looking girl,and I think there is nothing wrong with graceful ageing. Lets be honest she isn't in her 20's nor 30's. But she is a great actress which is far more important than hollywood beauty nonsense.I suggest she takes a good look at Vanessa Redgrave who looks fabulous in her 70's because she accepts what she is . What is wrong with reality and a few lines ? Primrose Krasicki 21/1/2011

  • January 19, 2011

    by Elyse

    Not to make light of the possible health consequences of using Botox, but the thing I find endlessly amusing is the ever-growing list of actresses who SWEAR they either don't use it or have tried it and "hated it." A list that includes Julia Roberts, Courtney Cox, Jennifer Anniston, Teri Hatcher, and Kyra Sedgwick - and until this week, Nicole Kidman. Of course, these same women admit that "everyone else uses it." I think it's very much like all those magically fast matabolisms so many actresses claim to have to explain they don't have to diet like the rest of us mortals. Right...

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