Botox for Wrinkles in Children Should Not Be Encouraged
Botox injections for wrinkles in children is not something that should be done or encouraged. It seems odd that we should even be having this discussion, but there is actually a mother of an 8-year-old daughter who is defending giving Botox injections to her daughter in an interview to Kelly Hagan, ABC News.
Kerry, a San Francisco, Calif.-based, part-time aesthetician who administers the injections to her daughter Britney for “wrinkles,” defending the practice, telling Hagan "I got influenced by some of the moms when we went to one of the pageants," Kerry said about what prompted her to begin Britney on Botox. "They were telling me about the lines on her face. A lot of the moms are giving their kids Botox. It happens."
Kerry feels the Botox is safe to use on her daughter, but the FDA’s safety labeling states, “BOTOX Cosmetic is not recommended for use in children younger than 18 years of age.”
Even in adults Botox has it’s risks. The FDA requires a black box warning on the package label for Botox and Botox Cosmetic (botulinum toxin type A); Myobloc (botulinum toxin type B); and a new FDA-approved product, Dysport (abobotulinumtoxinA).
The black box warning was required by the FDA because the botulinum toxin can spread beyond the area injected the toxin and cause symptoms similar to those of botulism. These symptoms include unexpected loss of strength or muscle weakness, hoarseness or trouble talking, trouble saying words clearly, loss of bladder control, trouble breathing, trouble swallowing, double vision, blurred vision and drooping eyelids.
Botox injections hurt when administered. The pain is temporary, but it is tough for many adults. Britney admits to the Hagan that it is tough for her.
I strongly agree with Dr. Charles Sophy, a psychiatrist, who was interviewed for the ABC News piece and states, "There's a lot of psychological damage that can be caused."
Administering Botox for wrinkle prevention is not considered an ethical or safe medical practice. Botox injections are considered a medical procedure and are regulated as such.
Kerry was asked where she is able to obtain the Botox and stated, "I do have a trusted source where I get it. He is a behind-the-scene doctor.”
Botox injections for wrinkles in children is not something that should be done or encouraged. Children should be allowed to be children. They should be encouraged to play, to smile, to whistle. Wrinkles are not something an 8-year-old girl should be worrying about. Botox injections for wrinkles in children is not a good way to foster a healthy self-image.
Mom Gives Botox to 8-Year-Old Daughter: How Young Is Too Young?; ABC News Segment by Kelly Hagan, May 12, 2011
FDA Approved Botox Labeling (pdf)