08 October 2010

Desperate Housewives' star Dana Delany, known to fans of the show as Katherine, has opened up about her use of wrinkle-smoothing dermal fillers in a bid to encourage other women to take proper measures to ensure they avoid putting their treatment in the hands of 'cowboy clinics' or people without proper training. Speaking to Prevention Magazine, the actress urged men and women alike to better check the credentials of the clinic and practitioner they entrust to perform line and wrinkle-filling injectable treatments. Describing her own regret at not properly researching her own clinician, the 54 year old revealed that she had been left with a slight droop in one eye after Botox was improperly administered by a skin-care professional - not a cosmetic professional - who in hindsight she felt she should not have turned to. "My dermatologist was saying, 'You should try it.'" The star said, continuing, "He injected my forehead, hit a nerve, and created a huge hematoma. The nerve has been dead ever since. "It affected the muscle in my right eye, so my eye has started to droop a little bit. I stopped going to him right then." The American actresses' comments shortly follow the recent introduction of the UK's Independent Healthcare Advisory Services (IHAS) register for injectable treatments, which enables patients to check the credentials of clinics and professionals to whom they entrust their treatment. Delany has recently moved house from Wisteria Lane, landing a plum role as a medical examiner on the new drama series Body of Proof.