Beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Apparently, some people will go to great lengths to achieve a certain look -- such as by injecting their face with various foreign substances. Here are a few examples of some scary things people will do for beauty.
- Celebrities, both young and old, tend to be big fans of botox. You know, that wrinkle-eliminating, muscle-immobilizing miracle -- botulinum toxin -- best known for killing and paralyzing unsuspecting diners, before it was approved for cosmetic use. [url]
- Some "bagel heads" in Japan actually enjoy having 300-400 mL of saline solution injected into their forehead to create a bagel-like shape that lasts 18-24 hours. First, the saline is injected over 2 hours, resulting in a big round lump under the skin of the forehead. Then, to create the bagel shape, a thumb is pressed into the center of the lump. [url]
- Ever heard of a "blood facial"? Blood is first drawn from your arm, and then centrifuged to separate the plasma and platelets from the red blood cells. The platelets are then "infused" back into your face. This involves having your face poked all over with micro-needles. The platelets supposedly contain growth factors that might stimulate new collagen growth in the face. [url]
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