Kensington Palace issued a rare statement about Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, to shut down speculation that she got “baby Botox” following a plastic surgeon’s recent claims on social media. The rumors are “categorically not true,” a palace rep said in a statement to The New York Post, adding, “The Royal Family never endorse commercial activity.”
Speculation that the duchess received the cosmetic treatment peaked when Munir Somji, the chief medical officer of the British Dr. Medi Spa clinic, posted supposed before-and-after photos of Kate on Instagram yesterday. “Our Kate loves a bit of baby Botox,” he wrote in the lengthy caption. He also pointed out potential evidence of the procedure, like refined forehead lines and an elevated “lateral tail of the brow.”
Baby Botox is essentially the same as traditional Botox but is administered in lighter doses and results in a more natural and subdued look rather than the “frozen” effect. “It prevents wrinkles but you’ll still have movement. It acts like a little complexion freshener,” Pamela Benito, a cosmetic dentist and aesthetic medicine specialist, told Byrdie. Because it’s not as harsh as traditional Botox, it can be applied to more areas of the face to “lift and tighten,” Benito added.
Dr. Medi Spa’s marketing manager, Sammy Curry, clarified to the Post that Somji’s post was meant to simply show the transformation baby Botox could do for the face, but Curry could not disclose whether the duchess was one of their clients.
Although the Duchess of Cambridge might not be getting cosmetic treatments herself, she has influenced a trend in procedures in the past. Back in 2013, it was reported that women in New York were flocking to plastic surgeons to get “Kate Middleton’s nose.”
This article originally appeared on Harper’s Bazaar US.