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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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