Guess what’s an increasing fad with adolescent and twentysomething girls? Botox. MSNBC recently conducted interviews showing that this trend is growing exponentially … and that scares the crap out of me. ZL has looked at this in the past when Scotland started encouraging Botox use in twentysomethings, and now it’s coming to America.
Dr. Glenn Vallecillos, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, explained that he sees more and more clients coming in for Botox at a younger age.
“We do a lot of Botox, and there’s definitely a propensity for younger people doing it,” he said. “I’d say 30 percent of my clients are 20 to 25 years old and probably 5 to 8 percent are under age 20. The trend, at least at our offices, is younger people.”
Um … what the hell does a 20-year-old need Botox for? Of course, I’m of the camp that kind of wonders why anyone would use Botox for cosmetic purposes anyway, but seriously? Twenty? That’s just crazy! And you know what’s even crazier? Over 12,000 teens under eighteen had a Botox experience last year.
MSNBC says that statistics support claims that Botox devotees are getting younger.
“In 2009, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reported 12,110 Botox or Dysport (another wrinkle-relaxing shot) procedures performed on patients 18 and under (in 2008, the number was 8,194) while the American Society of Plastic Surgeons found 11,889 cosmetic Botox/Dysport procedures were performed on patients age 13 to 19 (an increase of 2 percent from 2008)),” they explain.
Okay, beyond the obvious (which is, of course, why on earth an underage girl would even consider Botox) is the reason given for a large number of these procedures. In a nutshell, it’s all about peer pressure. If your best friend’s doing the Botox thing, I guess you’re supposed to feel like you need it too. Am I the only person ridiculously confused by this?
And it gets worse. Yet another driving force behind this epidemic? Mothers. Yup, I said mothers. Christie Brinkley, I’m sorry I ragged on you … but evidently, it’s more common than I realized.
“I’ve heard from colleagues that kids are coming in with their moms and saying, ‘Can I have Botox, too? I feel like I need it,’” Dr. Mark Jewell explained. “Botox is a blockbuster of a product, but should a teenager be getting it? I think the answer is no.”
When I was playing rummy with my best friend recently, he pointed out that there were wrinkles on my forehead because I was concentrating so hard (there was a fair amount of money riding on the game, and in case you’re wondering, my wrinkles and I cleaned up). When I’m not concentrating hard, the wrinkles disappear. I’m very glad about that — I’m 33 and still almost always get carded in bars — but someday they won’t. And the day is coming.
Am I happy about that? Hells, no. However, say I decided to get Botox for my forehead wrinkles. What would I do when, in a year or two or five or whatevs, there are wrinkles cropping up elsewhere? Well, the precedent would have been set, and I’d probably want to Botox the hell out of those, too. How ridiculous does Joan Rivers look? Candy Spelling? It’s a slippery slope, that metamorphosis into a Barbie doll, and one that getting Botox as a teenager would unquestionably play a role in. And I don’t mean to slam Botox users, by the way … if you’re an adult and have some minor issue that Botox helps with, more power to you. It’s just the “out of control” potential that worries me, frankly.
What are your thoughts on this (especially with the parents of 12,000 kids giving consent)?