(NEW YORK) — While millions of women get Botox in an attempt to turn back the hands of time, not all women come clean, not even to their spouses, about their plastic surgery fix.
“He has this perception that you get Botox, you’re going to look like Joan Rivers,” a woman, “Krissy,” who asked to keep her identity private, said of her husband.
“It’s not true,” she said. “I go home and he doesn’t even know I have it.”
Morgan Shanahan, a 33-year-old blogger from Los Angeles, is one woman who did spill the Botox beans to her husband, but only after the pressure of hiding it from him became too much.
“I didn’t really feel guilty right away,” Shanahan told ABC News. “I started to think, ‘Oh my God, I’ve never kept something from him before.’”
Shanahan waited until one month after she had 16 units of Botox injected into her forehead to tell her husband, according to her blog.
“He expressed to me that he was not only disappointed that I had not told him, he felt like our trust had been a little bit fractured,” Shanahan said.
The reasons why women like Shanahan may hide Botox treatments from their significant others can range from risks to costs to the social stigma surrounding the beauty treatment, experts say.
“I can understand why women feel the pressure to hide Botox,” beauty and image consultant Morgen Schick told ABC News. “There’s only one thing worse than aging, and that’s looking like you care about aging.”
Shanahan says though her husband tells her she is beautiful as she is, she would have Botox again, but would keep the lines of communication open this time around.
“I would do it again,” she said. “And I would talk to my husband about it first.”
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