From ‘Plastic surgeons rebuke Zoe Tay’, 4 Aug 2011, article in insing.com
Zoe has been rebuked by plastic surgeons for saying there are toxins involved in plastic surgery.
Zoe, 43, recently responded to comments on her looking old on TV. Viewers had complained that her wrinkles were visible in the drama “Ah Di”. In response, Zoe said that she would rather be criticised than go for plastic surgery to look younger. She insists that she is maintaining and taking good care of her looks and there is no need for her to harm her body through plastic surgery as it is full of toxins.
Local plastic surgeons don’t agree. In addition, they feel that Zoe is misleading the public with her words.
Aesthetic surgery if performed in the steady hands of qualified specialists is perfectly safe of course, but perhaps Zoe ‘s half-right if she was in fact referring to a breakthrough product that has revolutionised the industry, a quick-fix solution to ‘crows feet’ and ‘fine lines’ containing Botulinum TOXIN, one of the most potent neurotoxins known to mankind, in a syringe. Most of us just call it BOTOX for short. Even the makers of the drug Allergan have included a black box warning in its product information leaflet that reads exactly like what executioners study before administering lethal injections as a death sentence.
Distant Spread of Toxin Effect
Postmarketing reports indicate that the effects of BOTOX® Cosmetic and all botulinum toxin products may spread from the area of injection to produce symptoms consistent with botulinum toxin effects. These may include asthenia, generalized muscle weakness, diplopia, blurred vision, ptosis, dysphagia, dysphonia, dysarthria, urinary incontinence, and breathing difficulties. These symptoms have been reported hours to weeks after injection. Swallowing and breathing difficulties can be life threatening and there have been reports of death.
So if you’re really unlucky, plastic surgery whether as a shot of toxin to the face or liposuction may actually ‘harm your body’ and at worst kill you, as Zoe rightly pointed out. But what’s ironic here is back in 2005, Zoe herself used to plug something that hasn’t been subject the same rigorous trials and safety monitoring as Botox; a slimming aid known as Extrim X, a brand that sounds like a genocidal nerve gas (like Zyklon B), which she was consuming POST-PREGNANCY (See video below). Of course she and the marketing people would have you believe that Extrim X consists of all-natural ingredients, when the formula boasts dubious sounding stuff like ‘Factor X (which in medical jargon is a naturally occurring blood clotting agent)’, and stuff that sound like shoots and leaves from a witchdoctor’s basket prior to a voodoo ritual (Betula Alba, Yerba Mate, Coleus Forshohlii). Yerba mate also happens to be predominantly caffeine, and it’s arguable if caffeine is a drug/toxin, depending on your personal choice of breakfast beverage. In any case, Zoe is still alive and kicking today, but other celebrities weren’t so lucky with slimming pills (Andrea De Cruz’s Slim 1o), and one has to balance the risk of PTOSIS from BOTOX vs liver failure with an untested health supplement. A case of mixed signals perhaps, with Zoe assuring post-partum women that taking a shaman’s brew is OK to regain one’s youthful figure on one hand, yet extolling graceful ageing without the help of toxic injections on the other.