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While facial cosmetic procedures may seem extreme to some, new research shows that Irish people are having more and more aesthetic work done – as long as the enhancement comes from the end of a needle.

Social media saturation, heightened self awareness of our own image and selfies are all being blamed for the trend in botox and lip fillers, which has seen a massive spike on Irish shores

According to new research from Thérapie Clinic, the majority of Irish people already have or would consider getting Botox or fillers, a whopping 68%.

 

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A further 1 in 10 (11%) say they have actually already had Botox or fillers.

This is a massive doubling of procedures over a three year period, as Thérapie Clinic's research in 2015 found that only 5% of people had filler or Botox work done.

'The research we have conducted has shown that, across Ireland, people are becoming increasingly inclined towards the use of Botox and fillers and less inclined towards feeling ashamed or stigmatised for getting these treatments,' said Thérapie Clinic Medical Director, Dr. Paul Reddy.

'Botox and fillers may not be for everyone, but for some people, these treatments can make a real positive impact to a person’s self-image and confidence.'

 

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A further 60% said that they knew or suspected that a friend or colleague had had fillers or botox.

A huge factor when it comes to aesthetic work for Irish people is the reputation of the clinic. 96% would only consider a reputable clinic for getting work done.

Nurses should be registered with the Nursing And Midwifery Board Of Ireland(NMBI), dentists with The Irish Dental Council (IDC) and doctors with The Irish Medical Council.

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One downfall about the lure of the bright lights of stardom is the intense pressure to appear perfect in front of the camera, a pressure which has led many celebs to go under the knife to tweak their least favourite feature.

Katy Perry has been plagued by plastic surgery rumours since she burst onto the music scene one decade ago with I Kissed A Girl, and the star has opened up about the work she has had done. 

In an interview with Refinery 29, the singer said that while she has had filler work done on her face, she has not had any other augmentations.

'I've done lasers and got injections under my eyes for the hollowing—which I'd recommend for everyone who wants a solution for their dark circles—but all of my assets are real,' she revealed to the online mag.

'People tend to think they are fake, but it doesn't really matter,' she said, referring to her chest. 

In fact, while many would shun the notion of plastic surgery, Perry is open to the concept, as long as the reasons for going under the knife are right. 

'We're getting away from that negative stigma about physical alterations,' she explained.

'Of course, always be your authentic self—but if someone wants a nose job that makes them feel better, and they love their profile more because of it, it's like, go ahead.'

'Do whatever makes you feel better about yourself. Stay in therapy, but get it, girl.'

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Botox and fillers have been commonplace in Hollwood for years, with many celebrities choosing to undergo procedures in order to keep their youthful looks.

However, you'll be hard pushed to find a celebrity who will admit to having 'work' done, let alone one who will admit that they regret it.

In a recent interview, Courtney Cox revealed that she has had all her cosmetic work undone.

“I’ve had all my fillers dissolved. I’m as natural as I can be,” Cox told New Beauty.

“I feel better because I look like myself. I think that I now look more like the person I was.”

This isn't the first time the former Friends actress has spoken out about her regrets, but the 53-year-old has now said that she has come to terms with the fact that her looks will change over time.

“Everything’s going to drop. Those aren’t wrinkles – they’re smile lines,” she said.

“I’ve had to learn to embrace movement and realise that fillers are not my friend.”

Courtney also revealed how she fell into a slippery slope of seeing different doctors and having too much work done:

“The next thing you know, you’re layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, “Oh sh*t, this doesn’t look right.” And it’s worse in pictures than in real life. I have one friend who was like, “Whoa, no more!” I thought, I haven’t done anything in six months,” she told New Beauty.

Since having her fillers removed, Courtney say she feels better than ever, but admits that ageing in Hollywood isn't easy.

"I grew up thinking appearance was the most important thing. That as long as I looked OK, I would be OK, which got me into trouble."

Well, we think she looks incredible, wrinkles and all. 

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Holly Hagan isn't exactly opposed to plastic surgery, as the Geordie Shore star is rumoured to have had upwards of €40,000 worth of cosmetic procedures.

Indeed, Holly's surgical transformation has to-date included veneers, two boob jobs, a breast lift, Botox and multiple lip fillers.

Continuing on her quest for aesthetic perfection, the reality TV star opted to follow in best friend Charlotte Crosby's footsteps and get some work done on her nose. 

The 24-year-old opted for a non-invasive procedure to correct the "bump" on her nose.

The original Geordie Shore cast member shared the outcome of the "non-surgical nose job" on Instagram.

"To have been able to fix the bump in my nose with filler rather than having surgery was incredible," she said.

 

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The procedure involves having a small amount of dermal filler injected to smooth out any imperfections in the nose. 

"Dermal fillers can be used to smooth out an uneven bumps on your nose and make the nose look straighter" according to Le Beau Ideal, where the Geordie Shore girls famously get their fillers. 

Sharing the before and after snap of her nose, Holly wrote: 'Cannot stress enough how thankful I am to @drtijionesho @lebeau_ideal I could have so easily gone down the route of surgery but in less than five minutes with a small amount of filler my bump is gone! Miracle worker."

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Look, we know that the Kardashians are fond of their plastic surgery (no matter how much they deny it), but now it seems that Kris Jenner has gone one further and got something very unusual done.

The reality star caused concern during the week when she was pictured with a very swollen right hand.

Kris was out with her boyfriend, Corey Gamble, when the snap was taken and everyone immediately assumed that she had filler injected into her hands.

Beverly Hills surgeon Dr John Knight told Radar Online: "It looks like Kris Jenner had plastic rejuvenation on her hands. It's called Radiesse and it is a filler injected into her hands to make them appear more youthful. The swelling should go down in a few days."

However, a rep for the star told Gossip Cop that she had an operation to repair a bone which led to her hand swelling up.

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Her lips used to be, well, so natural.

Yes – let's for a moment think back to 2010 Lauren Goodger. Fresh-faced (in an Essex kinda way) and on the arm of one Mark Wright, the reality TV star found her fame and fortune on Towie

But how times have changed. Along with losing a significant amount of weight throughout 2015, Ms Goodger this year has furthermore embraced a brand new habit: that of pouting for a series of endless selfies.

And while there's no denying that the loved-up 29-year-old looks fantastic, her latest offering (after rocking THOSE eyebrows at the gym) has proven to be been the final straw for some of her weary fans.

 

Brrrrrr face #tues #cold #hmmm

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Many urged her to stay away from fillers – saying she looked ridiculous. "You are a natural beauty without the lips. You have a beautiful natural smile.xxx" offered one observer in response to yesterday evening's Instagram post.

Others were more direct, however: "No way?! Surely she's hasn't done that to her face?!!! Lauren have a chat with Lesley Ash. #trout."

A third commentator remarked: "She's ruined with that s*** in her lips. She will look back on these pics one day and cringe – so pretty without those awful lips."

Still, in honour of what can only be described as a killer pout, SHEmazing! brings you Lauren Goodger's top six duckface selfies. Enjoy!

 

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For anyone worried about ageing lines and wrinkles or dreaded acne scars, you can now jump for joy as there's a new filler on the market called Bellafill

Bellafill is recently FDA approved, and is also the first of it's kind. 

Yes, we know fillers for fine lines and wrinkles have been around donkey's years but Bellafill claims to safely last for five years as opposed to six to nine months like other fillers. 

The filler was first introduced to treat nasolabial folds (which are your smile lines and so on), but it is also the first FDA-approved dermal filler for acne scars to hit the market. 

The brand received approval based on its study that showed 90 percent of 1,008 patients who used Bellafill treatments for fine lines retained effects after five years.

Dermatologist, Ruth Tedaldi, commented on the results of Bellafill: “The results from this nasolabial fold study provide strong supporting evidence of the long-term safety and expected long-term effectiveness profile that may be experienced by acne scar patients treated with Bellafill." 

"This is because the method of use and type of skin in treating nasolabial folds and acne scars are similar.”

Right now, popular fillers on the market are made up of hyaluronic acid. Bellafill, on the other hand, is mostly composed of collagen and PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate microspheres – what a mouthful!), which work hand in hand. 

After injection, the body absorbs the collagen, while the PMMA sticks around to plump the areas. 

Dr. Ruth says if you're worried about side effects, there's only potential minimal ones like bruising, swelling or redness – but they will go down in a few days. 

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Anyone surprised?

After maintaining that her impressive pout was the result of clever makeup techniques and nothing more – Kylie Jenner has finally admitted that her lips are NOT all-natural.  

In a sneak-peak for Sunday’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians posted on the E! website, the teenager says: "I have temporary lip fillers, it's just an insecurity of mine and it's what I wanted to do.”

However, the reality TV star is adamant that she wasn't untruthful with her fans, adding: “I want to admit to the lips, but people are so quick to judge me on everything, so I might have tiptoed around the truth, but I didn't lie."

 

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Kylie previously maintained that her lips were the result of the right poses and angles as well as extreme lip-liner and gloss application.

Last month, the controversial Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge went viral, with countless fans from around the world sucking on bottles and shot glasses in a bid to plump up their pout and achieve a Kylie Jenner look.

The star, as well as doctors, condemned the act, saying it was potentially dangerous.

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