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Beauty Byte: 18-Year-Old Gets Botox as Birthday Gift

I can't imagine even thinking twice about fine lines and wrinkles back when I was a senior in high school. Not so for UK resident Jodie King, who received her first Botox injection as an 18th-birthday present. Jodie's mother, Margaret King, who herself has spent approximately $72,000 on plastic surgery, told Closer magazine, "Jodie's forehead is like mine — she gets pronounced lines when she makes a facial expression. I knew Botox would solve the problem."

And now that Jodie is nearly 20, she still gets regular injections, mother in tow. "So what if I'm a teenage Botox addict? I can't think of anything worse than looking old. I'll always find a way to pay for Botox. Now [that] I've started, I can't stop," said Jodie. What about the implications? Besides the fact that an 18-year-old doesn't need Botox under normal circumstances, many surgeons advise against the procedure for those under the age of 30, as wrinkles haven't fully developed.

Plus, the shots can render the face expressionless — not a good look for a young lady, or anybody for that matter. Dr. Mazhar Mahmood, who recently started treating Jodie, defended himself, saying, "I felt that because she had already been having treatment it would be better for her to be treated by someone experienced." What do you think? When it comes to Botox, how young is too young?


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aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
As someone who has had Restylane I'm not one to judge-at 18 no but I got it at 23 and had my dad pay for a birthday gift. I don't think there is anything wrong with that at least in my own personal experience.
cmill38 cmill38 8 years
this mom is nuts! don't we have lines when we make facial expressions?
c4rolin3 c4rolin3 8 years
MsChoo ... i wonder what kind of 'model' she is.
MsChoo MsChoo 8 years
"Jodie, now nearly 20, earns £800 a month as a model, using the money to pay for Botox jabs." shes a pretty fugly model
any any 8 years
crazy!!!! in a couple of years she will look weird!!
emalove emalove 8 years
Ridiculous...and disturbing. I agree that the mother isn't passing along very good values to her daughter.
digigirlnz digigirlnz 8 years
Horrible, her mother looks so disgusting! Her daughter is cute, stop the botox now!
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Her mother passed on a wonderful set of values... :oy: When you make an expression, you are supposed to have a line(s) showing on your face. Hence, "expression." I will never grasp the idea of wanting a frozen face. It looks freaky and the thought of injecting chemicals into my face makes me want to vomit. This is just insane that a mother finds it perfectly okay to let her daughter (of any age, let alone 18) think fillers, surgery and etc, are fabulous. How about going to therapy and overcoming the insecurities.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
That's gotta be good for her self esteem. Instead of trying to comfort her daughter she feeds her insecurities. Great
vvvalerie vvvalerie 8 years
Her mom's plastic surgery clearly isn't working, because I can't imagine how ANYONE could find that attractive. Who cares about a couple of lines? No 18 year old needs botox, plus to be honest, she has other things she should be spending that money on looks-wise. :/ I'm harsh! lol. But I would never even CONSIDER botox (I'm 20). The only people I know who have gotten it are 40-year olds or older.
infraredflower infraredflower 8 years
I can think of something worse than looking old... LOOKING LIKE HER MOM! Natural is always prettier than plastic! o.O
Pistil Pistil 8 years
That photo! The Horror!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Yeah, I wanna look like mom - NOT.
jelibeann jelibeann 8 years
when did getting old become a bad thing? it means you are alive!
sham28 sham28 8 years
* The "obviously" was for "obviously no botox," not "obviously no piercings." That sounded snooty.
sham28 sham28 8 years
I have a question- isn't the whole point of botox that it keeps you from GETTING wrinkles? It's not filling in lines you already have, it's keeping you from using muscles whose use would ordinarily cause wrinkles, right? Obviously I would laugh at my teenager if she mentioned getting anything stuck in her face (piercings included :)) but waiting until you have wrinkles is kind of counter-intuitive to it's purpose. I'd guess that early 30s would be a good time because your skin will naturally thin a little bit and loose a little bit of elasticity so you wouldn't look as plastic as a perfectly tight teenage face?
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 8 years
Lord have mercy @ that picture! You sure don't see women like that mom on billboards for plastic surgery, do you!
La-Tua-Cantante La-Tua-Cantante 8 years
Just plain screwed up.
plasticine1 plasticine1 8 years
really? she cant think of anything worse than looking old? how about poverty, starvation, human suffering, war?? some people need to get their head out of their asses
marcied23 marcied23 8 years
oh my damn, the mother's looks alone should discourage the daughter from considering plastic surgery. she looks hideous.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
wow, they both look awful in the pics!
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
Just saw the pics...her mom is scary!!
She sounds like a drug addict.
spicyaroma spicyaroma 8 years
That's really shallow of the mother to think that there is nothing worse than looking old, it's a natural thing sweetie. That's what happens to everyone, unless you're Benjamin Button (which obviously isn't real) :oy: Sad that her daughter now thinks the same.
sofi sofi 8 years
just looked at the pics- eek! Just have to wonder what other issues that mom has with family or men? They'll be sharing therapists soon along with botox docs.
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