Friday, August 10, 2012

B.C. teens, twenty-somethings turn to Botox for forever 21 look


Teenagers and twenty-somethings having 'pre-emptive' Botox injections???  How sad. 

Here is a recent article from the Vancouver Sun.


VANCOUVER — Carly Roberts's forehead is smooth as a baby's bottom. The skin around her blue-green eyes is equally wrinkle-free.

Sure, she's just 25 years old. But there's something else going on, too.

"I'm Bo-jacked," the Vancouver sales associate said.

Roberts has been unapologetically using Botox — a widely used drug, made famous by youth-seeking Hollywood stars and certain reality-show housewives, that weakens or paralyzes muscles — to fend off wrinkles and skin creases for two years now.

Along with injections between her eyes and forehead, she also regularly uses Botox under her arms to reduce sweating.

Is such devotion to a drug excessive at such a young age? Roberts doesn't think so.

"I still have a little bit of expression left. Not huge . . . But my face isn't frozen or anything like that," she said.

Roberts is part of a growing number of B.C. women in their teens and 20s who say they are turning to the toxin to pre-empt signs of aging, despite the financial cost and health concerns around its use.

"I see 20-year-old women not wanting to have wrinkles," said Dr. Warren Roberts, Carly's father and an oral surgeon who is licensed to administer Botox in the province.

Roberts said the majority of his patients tend to be women between the ages of 35 and 60, but estimated roughly 25 per cent of his clients are teenage girls or women under 30.

"I couldn't give an exact amount, but it's increasing," he said.

Botox procedures among teenagers in the U.S. increased nearly 800 per cent between 2008 and 2010, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Among women in their 20s, injections increased by more than 11 per cent to 78,000 in 2010 alone.

Statistics for Canadian procedures are unavailable publicly.

Read more (link to entire article) : B.C. teens, twenty-somethings turn to Botox for forever 21 look

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