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  • Helena Bonham Carter is turning heads, and it’s not because of her quirky fashion choices. The Best Supporting Actress nominee for her role in The King’s Speech is speaking out against Botox, saying it gets in the way of acting.

    44-year old Helena Bonham Carter frequently dons heavy makeup in her film roles, concealing her real age or helping her appear younger or older. Whichever way she heads on the timeline, she says she wouldn’t be able to act if she had plastic surgery or Botox injections.

    She tells the Daily Mail: “I can still move all my face muscles.”

    “Age is underrated, I think what’s happening is that directors and the studios want actresses who have natural looks, who haven’t had any work done.”

    The eccentric actress added: “I know some actresses who have had bits of work done and it’s so good you can’t tell.”

    “The problem is that now the high-definition camera can tell, so it’s best to leave your face alone. Look at Judi Dench. She’s beautiful. Talk about her face being her fortune! She never stops working. That’s what I want for me.”

    She continued: “You have two choices. You can have the work done and look weirder. Or have nothing done and look older. “I think the only way I’ll continue to get work is if I don’t get anything done.”

    Helena added: “But there’s beauty in an older woman. The lines represent something. I couldn’t have played the Queen Mother if I hadn’t been able to move my face.”

    While too much Botox does seem to leave a frozen appearance, Makemeheal.com believes if used judiciously, it can smooth out lines while still leaving a natural appearance.

    Miami plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer says, “Botox does not make you unable to move your face. What Botox does is it temporarily relaxes specific muscles, most commonly in the forehead, between the eyes, and on the sides of the eyes, causing the wrinkles in those areas to diminish.  Although some muscles will temporarily be immobilized, others will take over and you will still have facial movement and expression.”

    Dr. Paul S. Nassif, a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California says, “If too much Botox is injected in a given area, a frozen and expressionless appearance may result.  It is important to do your homework, and choose a highly skilled surgeon who has a great deal of experience with Botox to perform the injections.”

    Makemeheal.com congratulates Helena on her nomination and looks forward to how she does at the upcoming Oscar ceremony.

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