Botox At Age 19? When Are Women OK Just As We Are?

 

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Ack! So many “problems” to fix! I never even heard of “bunny lines” – that’s a bad thing?

When (ever?) are girls’ and women’s appearances acceptable to the culture at large? I found this article at a fashion and beauty site for young women: What Is Preventative Botox?

Seriously, women in their twenties, and as young as 19, are requesting and receiving Botox injections to forestall those dreaded forehead lines and “crow’s feet” (aka “world ending”). Isn’t that the age of conventionally smooth, glowing skin? I had plenty of worries in my 20’s, but I am certain my “elevens” (the lines between your eyebrows that develop around your 40’s) were not among them. School, money, career, relationships, housing, travel and sex. That accounts for most of what I worried about in that eventful decade.

The article explains:

If you watch enough Bravo reality shows or wait for a table at enough popular brunch spots, you’re bound to hear twentysomethings make mention of “preventative botox.” The procedure entails getting botox (a popular brand name of the drug Botulinum toxin type A) injections before wrinkles have formed on your face to prevent them from forming, versus trying to correct them later.

And goes on to warn of the cost of maintaining your botulism habit:

Like what you see? Get ready to shell out more dough just a few months from now… and a few months after that, for as long as you want your results to be maintained. So, the question is: Is potentially being forever wrinkle-free worth getting needles stuck in your face a few times a year for the next several decades?

And then adds this creepy caveat: “For anyone under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian would have to consent, unless the youth is emancipated and doesn’t legally require adult consent.”

More scary material: medical professionals (cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists?) are backing up the practice with enthusiasm.

In late 2013, the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Dermatology sector published an opinion article by two Massachusetts-based skincare physicians claiming it was “rarely too early” to begin getting injections, fillers, and other noninvasive treatments . . . . However, “We’re not advocating treating infants, children and people in their teens,” co-author of the piece Dr. Kenneth Arndt tells TODAY. [emphasis mine].

I make no judgements about cosmetic procedures any grown woman wants to undertake. We’re free to decide. As I have said before, I’ve had my teeth straightened and whitened, colored my hair for decades, use Retin-A, and had some Botox shots in my 50’s.

 

US actress Frances McDormand poses during the photocall of the movie "Olive Kitteridge" presented out of competition at the 71st Venice Film Festival on September 1st, 2014 at Venice Lido. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

One of my idols, actress Frances McDormand, who is vocal about not having cosmetic procedures. I think she looks wonderful.

 

As I have entered my 60’s I believe, for me, less intervention is more. And more important, I am fighting the belief that physical beauty is what we bring to the party, a fleeting and ephemeral asset. Or that physical beauty in youth is superior to the beauty we have as mature women. Or that we need to spend thousands of dollars and hours of pain to chase after what is past. This does not rule out fab fashion, of course, great shoes, or lipstick (I am addicted), for any woman of any age.

What say you? “Preventative botox” for you or your daughters?
 
Stay fabulous,


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11 Comments

  1. I cannot grasp where they get that kind of money to do the injections, let alone keep it up! I was a broke, broke, broke 18-20 something. The only thing I was concerned about was when is the next party, what weekend am I going to see my beau, who’s playing at the local hot spot this weekend.

  2. Don’t those sweet young things realize they would look much better if they would just smile more instead of using botox (oh, wait, they can’t, because they’ve had too much botox…) Seriously, I can’t believe they are worrying about wrinkles at 20 – soooo many other things to spend your time and energy on.

    I’ve never considered having it done, but that’s not to say I would never do it. I’ve been pretty lucky to have good skin from my mother’s side of the family.

  3. My dentist gives botox. Get your WHOLE smile fixed. To his credit he has never said, oooh, your teeth suck but your face is even worse. I met a woman in her early 30s getting preventative botox, she was gorgeous, I presume without the botox as well. Bunny lines, gummy smiles…? Freedom of choice but I don’t like that doctors actively advocate it.
    Suzanne sent me a link to this a while ago. It fits well with your topic, Patti. Baby Teeth. HILARIOUS!! If the link doesn’t show up, Google Baby Teeth on YouTube. We should all hop aboard this trend. My dentist would love it too!

    • GAAA! The whole link showed up in the comments. SORRY ABOUT THAT! I didn’t know it would do that. Go ahead and remove it, Patti. I’ll just repeat my comment below WITHOUT THE LINK.

      My dentist gives botox. Get your WHOLE smile fixed. To his credit he has never said, oooh, your teeth suck but your face is even worse. I met a woman in her early 30s getting preventative botox, she was gorgeous, I presume without the botox as well. Bunny lines, gummy smiles…? Freedom of choice but I don’t like that doctors actively advocate it.
      Suzanne sent me a link to a YouTube video a while ago. It fits well with your topic, Patti. Baby Teeth. HILARIOUS!! Google Baby Teeth on YouTube. We should all hop aboard this trend. My dentist would love it too!

      • OMG – it’s just the next step! then we will have to look like embryos. xox

  4. I was like you at that age. Too concerned about all the fabulous things happening in my life to even think about garbage like that. In fact, if you asked my 18 year old self I would have said, “Wrinkles? I’m not worried about them. I don’t think I’ll live past 30.” Yes, I was that naive and stupid.

    One thing is for sure, I lived in the moment never a bit concerned about what was around the corner.

    Today maybe my skin is paying for that. I tanned constantly and the wrinkles and discolourations are well on their way. I am not against Botox and had it done about 8 years ago. I haven’t maintained it though (too pricey!) and feel I should start again but haven’t yet decided if that is right for me or not. It is most certainly a personal decision.

    For youth though…no way. Ridiculous. Let them be young!

    bisous
    Suzanne

  5. Here’s where they’re all going wrong – watching Bravo reality TV shows. I wish there was more acceptance of natural beauty, like Frances McDormand, and less attention on those horrid Kardashians. This article also hints that the doctors are eager to pander to young women’s vanity and insecurity just so they can be billing them regularly. Ka-ching! I wonder what the long-term results will be – probably not pretty.

  6. How horrible! I was just listening to the podcast by Garance Doré with Caroline de Maigret and Isabel Marant, who are against injections and for smiling.

    • Apraicipteng the dedication you put into your website and in depth information you provide. It’s great to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same outdated rehashed information. Wonderful read! I’ve saved your site and I’m including your RSS feeds to my Google account.

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