More teens in U.S. getting Botox treatments.
While many had the injections for medical rather than cosmetic reasons officials with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons said teens were seeking the treatment as a way to quickly correct their looks. The anti wrinkle drug is being used on a variety of perceived imperfections, such as a ‘too gummy’ smile or even a square jaw.
The growing Botox trend for teens was highlighted after a young actress admitted her first stop after landing a part in the TV series “Glee” was her cosmetic surgeon’s office.
Charice Pempengco,one of the most popular child stars in her native Philippines, admitted she was having Botox to prepare for her forthcoming role on the series.
‘I want to look fresh when I appear before the camera,’ said the 18-year-old.
Charice Pempengco, 18, ran into controversy when she admitted she had Botox and an anti-aging skin procedure before starring in Glee.
Ms Pempengco had Botox and a skin tightening procedure known as Thermage.
Aware of the storm her admission caused, with one well known celebrity blogger Perez Hilton calling her ‘sick’, the singer’s agent denied the injections were for cosmetic reasons.
But he was undermined when her doctor Vicki Belo appeared on Philippine TV and said she carried out the procedures to target jaw muscles that made her look fat.
This is a popular procedure with many south east Asian women, according to Dr Richard G Glogau, at the University of California at San Francisco.
While as many as four million adults a year in the US have Botox its use on teens is not new.
The Federal Drug Administration has approved its use for anyone aged 12 and over.
It is regularly used to treat teens who suffer from excessive sweating and its ability to ‘freeze’ muscles means it is effective in preventing unwanted eye twitches.
But in recent years as more Hollywood celebrities own up to using Botox to hold back the years the knock on effect has seen an increasing number of teenagers seek out the treatment.
Doctors have warned against the growing trend which costs about £60 for each course of treatment.
Dr Shoib Allan Myint, an oculo-facial plastic surgeon practicing at Eye and Facial Plastic Surgery of Las Vegas, calls it “teen toxic”.
‘Botox can be dangerous if not regulated properly. This trend of “teen toxic” has a potential for unnecessary complications from untrained injectors who are not physicians.
‘Most teens are wrinkle free and Botox does not prevent natural aging. Unless there is compelling need, it should not be administered under age 18.’
Dr Michele Borba, who has written several books on parenting, said teens seeking Botox hiding a more serious problem.
‘If your daughter is begging for Botox, believe me, an injection is not the cure,’ she said.
‘There’s a much deeper issue at stake and I’m betting it’s self-esteem. Say no to that injection. Address her feelings of ‘inadequacy’ and not her need to cover up a so-called wrinkle.’
Via Daily Mail