Actress, aspiring superstar, puppet – Miss Piggy of the Muppets has had a long and distinguished career since Sesame Street creator Jim Henson fashioned her from felt in the 1970s. Recently, the notoriously temperamental diva admitted to a Botox habit during a segment on Anderson Cooper’s new TV show.
Botox is a form of botulinum toxin that has been FDA-approved for cosmetic treatments since 2002. It works by temporarily inhibiting the movement of a targeted muscle. This allows another facial muscle to fully extend and effectively erase wrinkles by pulling the skin tight. During the March 15 airing of Anderson, Dr. Sanjay Gupta discussed some of the potential side effects of Botox, such as drooping eyelids and headaches.
The always humorous Miss Piggy revealed that her youthful appearance is the result of Botox. In fact, Piggy quipped, her previous admission that she was “99 percent Botox” might have been “underestimating it.”
“There’s hardly a single expression I can make,” she tells Dr. Gupta to the laughter of the audience.
“I do think it’s possible to go overboard when it comes to plastic surgery or even Botox,” Dr. Gupta says. “Botox is something that can be safe, but one of the potential concerns is that if you use too much of it, your eyelids droop. It can cause headaches, it can cause other problems.”
As a recent article on the British site mydaily pointed out, we can likely add “cheek fillers and a spray tan to her list of cosmetic enhancements” when comparing Miss Piggy from the 1970s with the Miss Piggy of today.
Patients who aren’t made of fabric should be certain that they receive their Botox injection from a fully qualified practitioner with experience using Botox. The side effects of Botox can usually be avoided by a board-certified plastic surgeon.