As Anthea owns up to Botox, is it time we all came clean?

Former Blue Peter presenter, Anthea Turner has recently revealed that she has had Botox to deal with two frown lines that she has been battling with for years. The 55 year old spoke to the Daily Star, and has condemned other celebrities for keeping quiet about their cosmetic work: “How can you say you’re all natural when everyone knows it’s not true at all?”

To tell or not to tell

So, is Ms Turner right to say we should all be more honest about what we’ve had done? As a London cosmetic doctor, I see patients from all walks of life, and everyone has a different take on whether or not to go public about their cosmetic treatments. I believe everyone has a right to decide for themselves about who they tell.

After all, treatments like Botox, dermal fillers and non-surgical facelifts are designed to be subtle and natural looking, so if no one can tell by looking, what’s the harm in letting them think you are just naturally fresh faced?

Role models

There are those who say that celebrities act as role models for the rest of the population, and as such have a duty to be honest about what they have had done. It is true that the media has a huge influence on people’s self image, and as a cosmetic doctor in London I frequently turn away younge women seeking treatments to make them look just like their favourite celebrity.

However famous you are though, everyone has a right to a private life, and perhaps those in the public eye are the most vulnerable when it comes to their appearance – if you or I has a bad hair day, or suffers a breakout of acne, no one bats an eyelid, but if it happens to a film star it’s all over the papers the next day.

Each to their own

As facial aesthetic procedures like Botox, fillers and laser treatments become more popular, so the taboo around them is disappearing and more and more people are choosing to be honest about their cosmetic work.

However, if for any reason a patient at my Mayfair aesthetic clinic prefers to keep quiet about a treatment, I have the utmost respect for that choice. I salute Ms. Turner for speaking out about her choices and helping to breakdown the secrecy around cosmetic treatments, but if others choose not to make the same declaration, that’s fine by me.

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