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Most celebrities seem to see Botox as a harmless alternative to plastic surgery -- but as Dana Delany learned the hard way, it's not always so harmless! In a new interview, the 54-year-old actress opens up to Prevention magazine about the damage her face suffered after a Botox injection gone wrong.
"Something nobody ever talks about is doctor error," the Desperate Housewives actor told the magazine. "Seven years ago, I had never even heard about Botox. My dermatologist was saying, 'You should try it.' He injected my forehead, hit a nerve, and created a huge hematoma."
"The nerve has been dead ever since," she continued. "It affected the muscle in my right eye, so my eye has started to droop a little bit. Now that I said this to you, everybody will look for it! I notice it more than anybody else, but I was symmetrical before and now I am not."
After that experience, said Delany, she decided that injectables and plastic surgery weren't worth the risk. Instead, she's chosen to emulate "the really great actresses" like Diane Keaton and Meryl Streep, who have chosen to age naturally. But she does admit to one anti-aging technique: hair dye.
"I hope that at some point we can stop dyeing our hair," she admits. "I have to because I'm on camera -- but wouldn't it be nice? We would all save so much money and time. My hat's off to Jamie Lee Curtis. She's so smart, and she doesn't dye her hair or anything."
We applaud Delany for telling the truth about her Botox experience. Most stars either deny having cosmetic procedures or are completely blase about them -- which makes it easy to forget how risky they can actually be. Delany is a great example of an actress who's found better ways to stay young. For example: hanging out with the Glee kids!
"I was recently in London doing press and the cast from Glee was there, and I sort of became an honorary Glee member," she recalls. "We all went out dancing at a nightclub, which was the most fun in the world!"
Delany's new medical drama, Body of Proof, premieres on Oct. 22 on ABC.
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