(CBS/AP) Botox for babies?
Not quite, but 18-year-old singer Charice says she prepared for her debut on the hit Fox TV show "Glee" by getting Botox injections and an anti-aging procedure "to look fresh on camera."
The Filipino singer with a booming voice saw her career skyrocket after appearing on Ellen DeGeneres' and Oprah Winfrey's talk shows.
She underwent the injections and the procedure to make her "naturally round face" more narrow, celebrity cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo told ABS-CBN television.
But Charice's publicist, Liz Rosenberg, said in an e-mail that the Botox was "absolutely not cosmetic," adding that the treatment was to relieve jaw pain.
Belo did the Botox procedure in front of the cameras.
"You chew gum and it turns out to be a favorite super-exercise for these muscles, your chewing muscles. So we will show you, this muscle here it's a bit protruding," Belo said as she touched Charice's face. "It's like a ball, so we are going to Botox that in order to get it flat so she will have a cuter face ... we want to give you the apple cheek look because it's cute, right?"
Charice, in the same interview, said her face makeover was part of her big preparations for her appearance on the hit show's second season. She starts filming at the end of this month.
"All people will be anticipating how will Charice look? Is she good enough to pit against Rachel Berry? So of course there is tremendous pressure," Charice said. Berry is portrayed by Lea Michele, who is 23.Dr. Malcolm Roth, president of New York's Society of Plastic Surgeons and director of plastic surgery at Maimonides Medical Center in New York, said he wasn't sure how someone so young could benefit from Botox.
"You would think that the makeup people could take care of (any wrinkles she might have) or that they could take care of it in post-production," he said.
But Roth said there might be some benefits for on-camera teens in Hollywood. "Some people do have hyperactive muscles and muscles are what create the wrinkles in certain types of expressions. ... It may be of some benefit for the camera, but I would be reticent to consider Botox for a normal 18-year-old."