Kristin Chenoweth admitted recently to using Botox. While it is not surprising, fans are curious why. She is a beautiful woman who has a lot on the line as she makes a living in showbiz. Her Broadway career is where she made her mark, and more recently, she has become well-known on television.
According to Just Jared, Chenoweth told Prevention magazine that she has not had any work done, as in cosmetic surgery. She did, however, admit to this “I get Botox regularly, and I’m very happy to talk about why. When I was thirty-five, I was having debilitating migraines about once a week. I went to my doctor in New York, and she said she wanted to give me five shots of Botox across my eyebrows.”
As much as faithful fans want to believe this is true, the fact she has Botox every six months is hard to swallow. Since the popular cosmetic procedure has increased among men and women in the U.S., there has been controversy as to whether or not it is healthy.
Chenoweth claims it was to treat her debilitating migraines and full-blown headaches. Since starting her Botox treatments at age 35, she claims “I haven’t had a full-blown headache since. Every six months, five shots right here [motions across her eyebrows]. I’m thankful for it.”
It is a great thing that Kristin Chenoweth has found relief to a common ailment of many women. The extended use of Botox, however, is still unknown. With the uses of Botox spreading beyond the primary use of decreasing facial wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles, the notion of future side effects are troubling.
Now being used more and more for dual purposes, Botox is a bacterial neurotoxin that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved to treat uncontrolled blinking (blepharospasm), lazy eye (strabismus), involuntary muscle contractions in the neck (cervical dystonia), and acute underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis).
In 2004, Science Daily explained that Botox is a poisonous toxin that, in excess amounts, can actually cause botulism. Another major side effect is permanent nerve paralysis. While these extremes are rare, the possibility is still there.
Women who have experienced migraines and disrupting headaches would surely try just about anything to relieve this type of pain. Kristin Chenoweth stands by her Botox use as helping relieve her headache pain. Almost 10 years after her first use, her side effects have not interfered with her daily living. Only time will tell how the next 10 years will be.