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How Young is Too Young for Botox? You Tell Me.

So, a couple of summers ago, I attended an by-invitation-only bash for beauty editors. It was a pretty impressive deal: Inside an event space there were about two dozen stations set up for free manicures, pedicures, blowouts, facials, eyebrow waxings, makeup applications and Botox.

Although I indulged in a pedicure and an eyebrow shaping, I kept sliding over to the Botox station to see if people were willing to get injections in plain sight of all their peers. To find out what happened,

Unsurprisingly, not many people wanted to get Botox in front of dozens of people! After my third swoop past the lonely Botox station, the doctor asked me if I was interested in having a treatment. I was surprised, since I don't have any wrinkles yet, so I said as much to the doctor. "Well, you look fine now," he said. "But if you get Botox now, it'll prevent wrinkles from ever forming. I gave a treatment to a 23-year-old last week." His needling didn't persuade me (zing!), and I politely refused the Botox.

You readers are almost evenly split on whether you'd go under for Botox. But it surprises me that young women—really, really young women—are getting Botox. What do you think? How young is too young? Let everyone know in the comments.


Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 10 years
I think the minimum age I'd consider it would be 30. I'm not really interested in it because I'd rather protect my skin now at 25 versus resorting to injectables later. But who knows how I'll feel at 35? I know my Mom, who just turned 45 and has lot alot of weight this year, is showing alot more wrinkles around the eyes and mouth than I want at that age. So if wrinkles have a genetic/hereditary factor, then I might be screwed! :P
econinsf are you in SF (your user name seems to imply that)? If so i'd love to know who your dermatologist is. All the ones I've tried have pushed more invasive stuff for discoloration and fine lines. I'm more interested in not using harsh chemicals to fight aging.
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 10 years
Who needs Botox? What ever happened to just aging naturally and looking beautiful for your age without plastic surgery or Botox injections?
aimeeb aimeeb 10 years
I think to each their own. I think under 21 maybe be a tad young unless of course you've maybe spent most of your life fake and baking which I'd hope here in 2007 people realize it doesn't pay to be tan. Anyways, I think it's up to the individual. I don't think anyone can judge what is too young by hearing a number stating someone's age. I have one friend who is 30 but looks about 16, amazing skin from taking care of it growing up, yet I have another friend the same age who looks like she's going on 50 from tanning almost every day of her life, not religiously moisturizing and basically partying just a little too hard in her younger days. So to say "25" (just picking a random age) is too young I think is impossible to judge, I think you would need to see the person to be able to base your opinion on maybe why she "does" or "doesn't" need it. People who abuse Botox will learn and reap the consequences on their own and I think any reliable dermatologist will be able to help you with you decision. I've never had Botox, just Restalyne in my lips but I go to a dermatologist not a med spa, I have read too many stories how some med spas dilute the syringe and paying $500 a pop and risking it could be diluted is a risk I'm not willing to take. I do think if you are in your 20s and starting to become "nervous" of these few fine lines forming try a few less expensive and painful routes before Botox-Retin A (RX only through a dermatologist), microdermabrasion treatment and things along those lines. I think with that, eating healthy, vitamins, sunblock and being smart about your skin most if not all of the 20 something debating Botox almost half will be able to put it off for a few more years but trying the above. Just my .02 and personal experience.
SophiaKatya SophiaKatya 10 years
thing is, aren't we all looking for the best anti-wrinkle face serums, undereye creams, and lotions? so, what exactly does it mean when you all say, "age gracefully"?
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 10 years
I think every age is too young for botox. I don't believe in putting a chemical/poison in your face.
littlebird littlebird 10 years
I am 48 years old!! I said I'd NEVER use Botox or do anything to alter my natural aging process. But last year, I noticed my forehead wrinkles more than ever, and it bothered me. So, with much hesitation and a little dismay, I decided to give Botox a try. I'm so glad I did; it's made a big difference and I THINK I look younger. The wrinkles are nearly non-existent. There is an exaggeration when people say you look expressionless and plastic - it may be true for many in Hollywood go too far with the amount of Botox they use; normal people who use a normal amount don't look like a robot! I'm glad I decided to try it when I did; not sooner, not later. It's a personal choice, and one that each individual has to make for themselves!
pattyxxcore pattyxxcore 10 years
i'd go botox for my pits. I've got a horrible sweating problem and my best friend got botox for the same problem. i just don't have the money laying around like she does.
adrianrny adrianrny 10 years
I won a $350 Botox gift certificate at a charity function. I couldn't give it away!! I ended up selling it on ebay!
angel0950 angel0950 10 years
depends on the person and what they're getting it for...i personally wouldnt get it done though.
ikilledtherock ikilledtherock 10 years
I am actually getting Botox next month, and I'm 17. I'm not getting it in my face though, I'm getting it for sweating. I'd really rather not have it, but nothing else is working and it's becoming unbearable. When I tell people I'm getting botox, they look at me like I'm insane!
katygirlthing katygirlthing 10 years
its cow poison. why would you want to put that crap in your face? wrinkles are beautiful. shows you lived.
poisonivy poisonivy 10 years
why would people in their 20's and 30's want expressionless faces, especially foreheads that can't move?! It just makes their faces look weird when you can't lift your eyes or scowl. I can always tell who has botox cause they look unnatural.
sweet_potato sweet_potato 10 years
I'm 23 and I have been considering getting it as a preventative measure. If you've done the same, can you send me a message describing your experience? Tks. :)
Jaysa24 Jaysa24 10 years
I think anything under 30 is too young for botox.
LegalEaglet LegalEaglet 10 years
I am so fascinated by the comments referencing Botox as a treatment for over-sweating. A friend I had was being treated, I knew she was getting some kind of injection, but had no idea it was Botox. How's the Botox working as a treatment for sweating? How often to you have to have treatments?
KerryG KerryG 10 years
I'm with pamaela6116. Aging is natural - what's the big fuss about a few wrinkles? Especially when the alternative is to look like some sort of pod person. I'd rather have full use of my face, thanks.
mendo mendo 10 years
I tried it and I'm 23. I go to a really good dermatologist and he just injected a little because he said he won't make a difference now, but when I'm like 35 I'll have a lot less crows feet. I know it's weird and I still wear sunscreen every day but I figured, it can't hurt and I didn't really notice a difference but the day after, everytime I smiled, it was like an instant headache. But that went away after a day. I think it all depends on everyone's skin.
vienvien vienvien 10 years
TO BRANDI 13jrm Miss Brandi, I don't know why you're so amused by calling my comment as hilarious. But good, I made someone laugh. That's not what I'm trying to point pout about "celebration". What I'm trying to dirve at, if we, let's say . we'er very young, and we are only focused on things that we're not supposed to focused yet, then we're missing out on some opportunities that we should take and grab at this very moment. I was quite offended the way you tried to interpret my opinion. Besides , it's an opinion. so just please respect it. I am not here to attack someone else's opinion or comments but just to give out and share my views on some topics here---which is this site is for. I did not say that "don't get your hair dyed " when you have grey hir. Did I say that? When did I say that? I didn't say that don't get Botox if you have wrinkles. I even said that I might turn to Botox if I really, really need it--when it's necessary. PLEASE DON'T PUT WORDS INTO MY MOUTH. All I'm saying is we should enjoy life of what it has to offer and not be so concerned about things that we shouldn't be concernd about. I guess I'm SO FORTUNATE to have a very youthful looking physical appearance in face and body-----because of great genes, good nutrition, fast metabolism, lots of melanin, good skincare habits, great lifestyle habits and lots of hihop and jazz dancing(I don't exercise ). And maybe that's the reason why I don't care about Botox even if I'm almost 40 because I have absolutely no wrinkles, no crows feet, no sun damage, and of crse in great health and shape.
girliegurl65 girliegurl65 10 years
One time i went to see a cosmetic doctor for a consultation to have some lipodissolve done to my arms and the receptionist told me she had just had botox done and she was 23 years old. I didn't get the lipodissolve. I thought she was too young to have it done. She tried to convince me that she wanted to age gracefully. I felt like saying, " if u want to age gracefully eat right and exercise and cope with stress. Not try to cover it up with some protein injections". I am 21 years old and i still can't believe some girls in my age group.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
It's legal and so far hasn't caused a big medical rickus. I'd try it for free!
Seraphim Seraphim 10 years
well i personally feel that once you reach the age of about 3 your ready to go... ya know start 'em off young is what i say and girls who are a little flat even by age 10/11 please mommies get them boobies please because i wont be able to sleep at night if we all dont look like robotic barbies in another 10yrs. thanks :)
pamela6116 pamela6116 10 years
Why in the world would anyone want to deliberatly inject poison into their face???? Right next to your brain???? Deal with it, we're all aging, either do it with grace or look surprised when your done with your Botoxing and other 'procedures'. The moment your born you start dying.... Just saying.
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