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Teens Receiving Cosmetic Botox Injections

Posted Aug 23 2010 11:03am

I have not seen any statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics about cosmetic botox injections for teenagers. However, I think it is certainly needed after reading that Botox and Dysport were given to teens 12,000 times last year. This is from an article in the New York Times on 8/12/10 by Catherine Saint Louis.

I can understand when botox is used for medical reasons such as neuromuscular disorders of the eyelids, or strabismus (cross-eyes) and similar things. However, for parents to allow a teenager to have botox injections becasue he or she thinks their jaw is too full or similar reasons is beyond my understanding. Our culture has certainly reached a sad place where even a light modification of a jaw line is needed to make teens feel better about themselves. Perhaps if these teens did some volunteer work or engaged in an activity such as martial arts to improve their self-images and self-esteem, then botox injections would not be needed.

I believe that the doctors who give these injections are also at fault. Yes, it is a source of easy money but where are the doctors' ethics? Is surface beauty so important that even the slightest flaw must be erased? I know the traps that many models fall into: drug abuse, multiple surgeries, and inadequate diets among the worst. All these can have life-long effects and take a great toll on the models, as well as their families and friends.

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