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1/19/2009
Partygoers turn to Botox to look their best
Washington DC and other major cities are seeing an increase in cosmetic procedures as the Inauguration date approaches.
Partygoers turn to Botox to look their best

Beauty salons and cosmetic dermatologists in Washington DC and other major cities have witnessed a recent surge in demand for "quick fixes" such as wrinkle-smoothing Botox injections or microdermabrasion ahead of the inauguration, USA Today reports.
As commentators point out, inaugural festivities for Barack Obama - 10 official balls plus dozens of attendant parties and events, many thrown by celebrities - will rival Hollywood's Oscar week in terms of glamour and star wattage.
That was clear from one of the first event's, Sunday's We Are One concert featuring a glittering array of stars including Bruce Springsteen, U2, Stevie Wonder and Beyonce plus actors Tom Hanks, Jamie Foxx and Denzel Washington.
A-list perfection will be on display throughout the week as hundreds of other big names attend inaugural functions. And all from politicians and lobbyists to socialites and journalists have been indulging in last-minute beautification in readiness for the historic swearing in of America's first black president, practitioners say.
"We have been absolutely swamped since the election with people desiring rejuvenation procedures for the upcoming inauguration," Washington DC cosmetic dermatologist Tina Alster told USA Today.
Hema Sundaram, a cosmetic and laser surgeon who runs two offices in the Washington area, added: "My normal load for cosmetic procedures has doubled, except for hyaluronic acid fillers - Perlane and Restylane - which have almost tripled."
The pair told the paper their clients included Washington socialites and political professionals as well as journalists, lobbyists and lawyers.
The demand for treatments comes despite the recession, a possible reflection of the sense of optimism accompanying the swearing in of the 44th US President, who is buoyed by extremely high public approval ratings.
Jan Lynch, 59, an interior designer who flew from California with her husband for the swearing in ceremony and a ball, told USA Today the economic downturn had not put her off getting some last-minute treatments, including Botox.
"My motivation is to look the very best I can for such a historical event," she said.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northame...

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