Lawyers are turning to botox to hide their emotions and make them look more serious

The new trend has been dubbed ‘protox’

It seems a suit and tie just won’t cut it anymore: lawyers and other professionals are apparently opting for botox treatments so that they look more serious at work. The new trend is being dubbed ‘protox’.

This is according to Doctor Tijion Esho, a cosmetic doctor in London’s The ESHO Clinic. He has noticed a “new wave” of patients opting for the face-paralysing treatment to “give them reduced or minimal expression”. This, he says, helps them appear more “calm or professional”.

Esho added:

I’ve seen a particular trend in professions such as law and banking, where patients in these careers feel that they will be taken more seriously.

In particular, Esho has lawyers coming in to see him that work in commercial and criminal law.

It’s also been noted women in particular are opting for botox to appear strong and unemotional to their clients and peers. Others are interested in the cosmetic procedure because it stops them sweating (sweating is a surefire way to look nervous and less professional).

But don’t take things too far. “Suppressing the muscle function to the point that there is no, or minimal, movement, so that the patient appears expressionless, is not recommended”, Esho warns. “Aesthetically, it can have the opposite of the desired effect, making people appear cold or without emotion.”

With botox treatments at Esho’s clinic setting patients back between £195 and £400 a time, having regular sessions is an expensive pursuit. But with lawyers at some of the country’s best firms raking in six-figure salaries, maybe they think it’s worth it.

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14 Comments

Anonymous

Think you’ve swallowed the press release a bit too easily here LC. They’re supposed to slip you a few quid for the obvious advertising piece.

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Anonymous

I doubt anyone in criminal law can afford this regularly!

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Anonymous

And that said, the best jury advocates I’ve seen tend to be very good at conveying emotion through facial expressions and body language as well as through their words.

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Anonymous

What happened to simply getting your facial expressions under control? I am myself guilty of being too expressive without trying, but I never perceived it as something that couldn’t be fixed with a bit of training and willpower, just like biting your nails.

I admit it’s harder with sweating and blushing, though.

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Proelia

Utter dross. The patients have wanted it to appear younger and have dressed it up as a ‘professional reason’ to try to appear less vain.
I daresay three people have said this and then it becomes a trend.

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Anonymous

I was told that members of the Bar can have a discount for Botox in the pits. It stops you sweating. Nasty stuff

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Anonymous

Your JPG is not of an operating theatre.

It’s actually the lethal injection chamber in the US state of Arkansas.

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