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Botoxed Biden?

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Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts at WashPost wonder about Joe Biden: "Something about his eyes, which seem smaller, and his forehead, which seems smoother. Compared with images from last year, he seems better rested -- yet also, strangely, a little sleepier." They quote plastic surgeon Barry Cohen: "He clearly has had Botox."

In 2007, $13 billion was spent on nearly 11.7 million cosmetic procedures. Among men, the top surgical procedure is liposuction (57,980) followed by eyelid surgery (32,564) to address those baggy eyes.

Some of this stuff is no big deal, but some procedures are downright dangerous; Botox is actually Botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin; treatments can cause respiratory failure and death. See our Top 10 Crimes Against Nature

This article is from the LiveScience Water Cooler: What people are talking about in the world of science and beyond.

Robert Roy Britt
Rob was a writer and editor at Space.com starting in 1999. He served as managing editor of Live Science at its launch in 2004. He is now Chief Content Officer overseeing media properties for the sites’ parent company, Purch. Prior to joining the company, Rob was an editor at The Star-Ledger in New Jersey, and in 1998 he was founder and editor of the science news website ExploreZone. He has a journalism degree from Humboldt State University in California.