Does Dolly Parton use botox? Singer, 75, jokes cosmetic procedure is her secret to always looking 'so happy'

'I'm often told I look so happy, but to be honest... that's the Botox,' Parton laughed, adding, 'well not all of it, but some of it anyway!'

                            Does Dolly Parton use botox? Singer, 75, jokes cosmetic procedure is her secret to always looking 'so happy'
Singer-songwriter Dolly Parton attends the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 3, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Getty Images)

At a star-studded mental health summit on Thursday, May 13, Dolly Parton joked that 'the Botox' is her secret to always looking happy. Parton, 75, was the special guest at the star-studded 'WOW: Whole Health Includes Mental Health' event held by UCLA Health.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Parton attended the summit virtually and performed an acoustic version of her song 'Light of a Clear Blue Morning'. She also revealed her secret behind her staying happy always. "I'm often told I look so happy, but to be honest ... that's the Botox," Parton laughed. "Well not all of it, but some of it anyway!"


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Dolly Parton attends the 53rd annual CMA Awards at the Music City Center on November 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee (Getty Images)

It was clear that the 'Jolene' singer was kidding when she mentioned having undergone the cosmetic procedure as she quickly followed it up with her message on mental health care. "But seriously, we all experience moments of anxiety or depression at one time or another," Dolly candidly said. "I believe it's how we handle those moments that ultimately define us." Following her message, the Grammy winner pulled out her acoustic guitar and performed her song 'Light of a Clear Blue Morning.'

Dolly Parton on Botox and plastic surgery

Dolly Parton isn't shy when it comes to discussing the cosmetic surgery she's undergone over the years. "Thanks to Botox and fillers, as well as the work that I've already had, my face pretty much maintains itself. I don't want to look too artificial," she once declared.

In a CBS Sunday Morning interview, Parton said, "It is true that I look artificial, but I believe that I'm totally real. My look is really based on a country girl's idea of glam. I wasn't naturally pretty, so I make the most of anything I've got." After co-host Tony Dokoupil protested, she clarified, "I'm telling you, I'm not. You should have seen me this morning before I got ready to see you. I'm serious, though. I'm not a natural beauty, but I can enhance it. Whatever it takes, I do. I try to make the most of everything."

Dolly Parton attends We Are Family Foundation honors Dolly Parton & Jean Paul Gaultier at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 05, 2019 in New York City (Getty Images)

She has also quipped about her breast implants. In a 2014 Today Show interview, Parton addressed questions about her famous bosom, saying, “People always ask me if they’re mine. Yes, they are—all bought and paid for.”

Dolly once also stated, “A lot of people have said I’d have probably done better in my career if I hadn’t looked so cheap and gaudy. But I dress to be comfortable for me, and you shouldn’t be blamed because you want to look pretty.” 

Too much Botox?

Plastic surgeon Dr. Lyle Back told Radar Online that Parton has overdone her Botox regime. He explained that Botox typically works by paralyzing the facial muscles that cause crow's feet and frown lines, However, in some cases, a patient's face can end up having a frozen look. "Dolly's appearance has been poisoned. She looks alarming," he added.

"There's a fine line with Botox. Artistically, if the right note is hit, that person will look relaxed; but when the wrong note is hit, things can look bizarre, and she is an example of that," she added, "In one of the photos, her eyes are almost closed, yet her eyebrows are way up there. In another photo, she looks like she's had the shock of her life. It's a case of her having too much Botox and in the wrong spots."

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