In a discussion about the rise of Botox and anti-aging, Andrea explained she considered Botox but has never been tempted.
Irish Times columnist Emer McLysaght wrote this weekend that she partly resents her friends who get Botox as they negatively impact her “pro-aging” mentality.
Lunchtime Live host Andrea Gilligan said she considered getting Botox in the past – but has chosen not to get it so far.
“I haven’t got Botox - not to say that I wouldn’t get,” she said. “It’s certainly something I’ve considered.”
“My concern would be that once I get it, I won’t stop.
“Once the crow’s feet on the side of my eyes are gone, I know I'd want them gone forever and I won’t want them coming back in six months' time.”
Andrea said discussions around Botox increased in her social circle as everyone reached their mid-30s.
Broadcaster Serena Bellissimo said she never considered Botox because there was no anti-aging pressure in her social circles.
“My mum, my family, my friends - I don’t know any of us who have got Botox or even spoken about Botox,” she said.
“The face was never something I thought about because my mam never made a big deal of her face - she never wore make up.
“Aging, for me, was always something that looked like a good thing.”
While Ms Bellissimo does not judge people who get Botox, she thinks a distinct face is more important than anti-aging methods.
“There’s something about your face- your face is you,” she said. “When I see people with Botox, I think people all start to look the same.
“You lose that expression in your face that’s really important – we're all moulding into each other.”
'It's not vanity'
Listener Audrey said she has never felt pressure to get Botox – but she gets it anyway.
“It's really encouraged to get it, it’s more accessible,” she said. “It's not just something that the superstars have done.
Audrey said increased conversations about Botox have changed the perception of it.
“I don’t think it’s being seen as vain now,” she said. “If you’re unhappy with how you look and you can change it, who are you hurting?”
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