Not only can Botox protect your face from the cruel march of time, it may also keep you out of the slammer.
When a Canadian woman named Paddi Anne Moore was pulled over by a police officer last spring and asked to blow into a breathalyzer, she huffed and she puffed, but she just couldn’t blow, according to a report in the Vancouver Sun.
The officer gave her four chances, and, finally, charged Moore, 51, with refusing to give a breath sample.
Moore admits, sure, she was drinking that night, but she says she simply couldn’t comply with the trooper because she’d recently received Botox injections and the wrinkle-freezer kept her from puckering her lips.
Last week, a Vancouver judge tossed out the charge when Moore provided a letter from a doctor in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, who had performed the Botox shots.
The doctor wrote it’s not uncommon for Botox patients to be unable "to wrap their lips around a straw or wide circumference such as a breathalyzer blow apparatus" for up to six months.
The police officer disputes Moore’s story, maintaining, “she made no attempt to blow.”
Before we digress into a he said/she said that’s starting to sound like the Clinton impeachment hearings, let’s ask a real expert: Is there any truth to this so-called “Botox defense” (or “defence” for you Canadians out there)?
“It’s definitely realistic that a person couldn’t blow into a breathalyzer because they couldn’t purse their lips after Botox,” says Dr. Anthony Youn, a plastic surgeon from Troy, Mich. who runs the blog Celebrity Cosmetic Surgery, although he adds it would have to be a rather uncommon type of injection.
“Some people will inject Botox into the muscles around the mouth to get rid of smoker’s lines, those fine vertical lines that extend around the mouth,” he says. But result probably won’t look very natural. “If a person is unable to pucker their lips, it looks strange. You may have a mouth that doesn’t move naturally, like a wax figure type of mouth.”
Youn says if the woman really did have Botox injections, her defense is conceivable. And if she didn’t have the shots, he says he’s still impressed.
“You’ve got to hand it to her,” he says. “I’ve tried excuses to get out of speeding tickets myself.”
Of course, the last laugh may be on Moore. According to Youn, Botox shots in the muscles around the mouth can sometimes cause other side effects.
“Typically, we inject Botox in the upper face – the forehead, the crow’s feet, the frown lines,” he says. “My concern in injecting somebody around the mouth is that they might come back and say my mouth isn’t working right. And if those muscles aren’t moving right, you could get a droop or a drool.”
And then people might really accuse her of drinking too much.
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