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Botox and Waxing for an 8 year old Girl?

Posted Mar 25 2011 10:30am

Like other 8-year-old girls, Britney Campbell loves dancing to Lady GaGa, is fond of fashion and enjoys putting on make-up. But Britney’s beauty regime goes way beyond playing with her mother’s lipstick. Once every three months, Britney climbs on a beautician’s table and watches as her mother, Kerry, 34, prepares needles of Botox and fillers to be injected into her Britney’s face. Kerry, a beautician, originally from Birmingham, England, but now lives with her daughter in San Francisco, buys the substances online and injects them into her Britney’s forehead, lips and around her eyes. The beauty-pageant-obsessed mother also takes her daughter to have her body waxed, in a bizarre bid to stop her from growing hair when she eventually hits puberty.
Source: foxnews.com/health/2011/03/24/mom-botoxes-waxes-8-year-old-daughter-beauty-pageants/

We have discussed the use of Botulinum toxins in younger patients before, but this takes it to another level. Is it at all reasonable to perform cosmetic treatments in a pre-pubescent girl? The answer to most will be: No.

I am one of them. There is no evidence that treatments in such a patient (even if there were not societal reasons to withhold them) even work. There is no evidence that such treatments are safe on a physical, biochemical or psychological level. This approaches child abuse.

The last case in a teenage girl interestingly enough also involved a British girl. What is it with these Brits?

Best Regards,

John Di Saia MD

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