Botox injections for kids? I don’t think so.
According to a recent story in the San Francisco Gate, British mother Kerry Campbell was reported to have been injecting her eight year old daughter Britney with Botox. Apparently, Ms. Campbell hopes that her daughter will one day become a supermodel and has started entering her into beauty pageants. Ms. Campbell allegedly purchases Botox online an injects her daughter with it with the hopes of preventing her from developing wrinkles. The British beautician, notes that she wants to” ensure she stays looking younger and baby-faced for longer.” She first injected Britney for her eighth birthday and has been injecting her every three months.
Botox is mainly used to reduce facial muscle function and reduce wrinkles in middle-aged and elderly adults. Most physicians, including myself, do not recommend nor condone the treatments for children. In fact, I find this story deplorable. Although I am not aware of any laws that preclude parents from administering Botox to their children, there probably should be. However, in California (according to the Medical Board of California), “Physicians may inject Botox, or they may direct registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, or physician assistants to perform the injection under their supervision. No unlicensed persons, such as medical assistants, may inject Botox.” Beauticians needs not apply.