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Teenagers Are Using Botox For Off-Label Procedures

Is Teen Botox Usage Going Mainstream?

Hopefully not, but it does seem to be happening a lot more lately, if anecdotal evidence is to be believed. In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dysport and Botox was used on American teens almost 12,000 times in 2009, a 2 percent increase from the previous year.

In some instances, Botox can be used on teens for certain medical conditions. But apparently, teens are using Botox for stuff other than wrinkles (which they don't have anyway), like jaw "thinning" and making their gums appear less prominent when they smile.

Still, it's a little scary to think how early some people may be giving up on self-acceptance, especially since your teen years are such a formative time. Are you inclined to be more accepting of teens using Botox if the alternative is surgery, or do you think cosmetic-type procedures like this should be ruled out for anyone under 18?

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GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
How dreadful.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I remember back in the day when all we had to worry about were zits.
crazylovevbug crazylovevbug 6 years
that's ridiculous. as a teen, you are supposed to grow and learn to try to accept the changes your body is going through. sure, it is tough, but cosmetic surgery is not going to fix much.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 6 years
It is sickening. While I would hope that these products do not gain a larger teen market, I do fear that is the way it will go. Turns my stomach to think of the toxins people will put in their system without a care, ditto regarding surgical changes. I have said it previously however I will state it again (and CKeller825 said it above): the only reason I would understand and be somewhat okay with one, especially a Teen, receiving Botox, is to treat an extremely overactive sweat gland. I can see how that would be a problem that leads to daily troubles.
ckeller825 ckeller825 6 years
I just don't understand using botox as a teenager, unless it's for excruciating sweat glands under the pits.
vabeachbum vabeachbum 6 years
I kind of understand being unhappy with your appearance as a teen... but your body is not done growing and changing. I was totally flat-chested in high school but went to college and BAM! Suddenly I had boobs... I know a lot of girls who feel that they did not fully mature/develop/fill out etc until their early 20's. What's really sad to me is the social pressure girls seem to put on each other to look a certain way. I feel like a lot of these girls who want surgery are girls with really low self esteem who feel like they have to measure up to an impossible standard for others to like them.
sooohkay sooohkay 6 years
I am a teenager and it's sad to see all these girls think they need botox and surgery. It's sad how getting botox or plastic surgery at a young age is becoming more normal than having imperfections. :/
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I do think the more cosmetic work you have done, the more work it's going to take to maintain that work. At this rate they'll need a facelift before 30. Though I'm not sure this is the right way to approach it: "Don't do botox or you'll end up uglier, hag".
lovemina lovemina 6 years
they're dumb to get botox in the first place at that age, in your teen years and even early twenties your face is still changing, getting botox or surgical procedures will prevent your face from developing naturally and you may end up looking uglier
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