Is 36 the Perfect Age for a Woman's Face?

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Lindsay LohanWhen my friend Jessica told me she was getting Botox, I thought she was joking. At 27, what did she need that for? Jess defended herself with phrases like "preventative" and "self-confidence" and "everyone's doing it," but I wasn't convinced.

Then I found this article by Eva Wiseman for the Guardian that made an excellent observation.

Wiseman claims that a 36-year-old face is becoming year-zero for women. While in the past women over 40 have gotten Botox or fillers to look younger, plastic surgeons are now noticing a trend for women under 30 who get Botox to look ..."done." So 50-year-olds are looking 36, and 20-year-olds are looking 36.

Are we going to be an expressionless, plastic mass of former women, wandering the streets with lips thicker than footballs and foreheads tighter than a new pair of Spanx?

If the trend continues, then yes, yes we are.

Hollywood youngsters like Lindsay Lohan and Heidi Montag aren't the only ones looking "done." Twenty percent of Botox patients in the U.S. are under 34, which means there are a lot of 25-year-olds out there who look like 45-year-old cougars. Including, I hate to say, my friend Jessica.

I have to wonder, though, are we really fooling anyone? The face-filled look isn't "ageless" to me ... it's scary. I can understand it for the plus-40 set who wants to look a little less tired, but I cannot grasp why the under-30 set wants to intentionally look like they've had work done. Whatever happened to subtly? It used to be that if you had something done, you wouldn't want it to be obvious.

At the rate this trend is catching on, plastic surgeons will be handing out "I Plumped!" stickers that patients can wear as proudly as they'd announce, "I Voted!"

What do you think of the trend to look "done"?


Photo via congaman (Dave)/Flickr

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AngiDas AngiDas

Honestly,if for some reason i got botox I get it under my chin to fix my turkey neck.

poshkat poshkat

ok so could someone explain to me how putting botulism in your face is "preventative"???

Adriel Dunysha Quick

what poshkat said o.O. and... why the hell would a 20 y/o want to look 40????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? x abazillion more

lovin... lovinangels

It's preventative because it stops your face from moving...and moving causes wrinkles.


And I like my face.  Just the way it is. My babies will see me grow older, not faker.

MrsCh... MrsChurch

That makes me sad :( I'm 26 and look about 15, so I don't have to worry about looking "old" (which isn't a terrible thing, when you are "old.) for a long time, but I prefer to age gracefully, thankyouverymuch.

poshkat poshkat

yes lovingangels, it stops you from moving your face, ok. butttt you are still putting BOTULISM in your face all so you wont get wrinkles? does not make sense to me

grain... grainneferguson

it's bolutlinum... not botulism. Not that I think its a good idea either way.

Sabrina Williams Messenger

Put food poisoning in my face? No way, Jose! Yeah, I'll be 50 in a week and if I "look" 50 then so be it. Hopefully, I'll never be so vain as to do all that garbage. Whatever happened to aging gracefully?

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