Botox continues to be one of the most sought-after procedures for men and women approaching middle age or their senior years, but now it’s not uncommon for younger age groups to jump onto the Botox bandwagon.
As more women deal with self-image issues and low self-esteem during their teen and early adulthood years, cosmetic surgery is becoming a viable solution for ‘fixing’ their problems. Many resort to breast implants, liposuction, and even Botox to help them achieve their ideal figure and enhance their looks.
Margaret King, mother of an 18-year old daughter, seems to be okay with the trend. Ms. King recently brought her daughter Botox as a birthday present. She says that her daughter had been saying her friends looked like they had very smooth faces, and that her forehead appeared wrinkled in comparison. Her mother promptly purchased the gift of Botox for her daughter’s 18th birthday. In doing so, many people are left wondering, should there be a higher minimum age for Botox and similar treatments?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Botox for use on anyone between the ages of 18 and 64, but anyone younger than 25 years of age may need to seriously consider whether they truly need the treatment. While Botox has been deemed safe, there are still several risks involved. In addition, getting a Botox treatment other cosmetic treatment at such a young age may be a sign that the young woman is suffering from low self-esteem, or that they are trying to fix a problem that is not really there.
Many teens and young adults have experienced adverse side effects from cosmetic procedures such as breast implants and liposuction, and side effects can appear later in their adult lives. There are inherent risks involved with even seemingly safe treatments such as Botox, and the verdict is still out on whether it is a healthy choice emotionally and physically for the average teen.
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