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Beauty Byte: 18-Year-Old Gets Botox as Birthday Gift


I can't imagine even thinking twice about fine lines and wrinkles back when I was a senior in high school. Not so for UK resident Jodie King, who received her first Botox injection as an 18th-birthday present. Jodie's mother, Margaret King, who herself has spent approximately $72,000 on plastic surgery, told Closer magazine, "Jodie's forehead is like mine — she gets pronounced lines when she makes a facial expression. I knew Botox would solve the problem."

And now that Jodie is nearly 20, she still gets regular injections, mother in tow. "So what if I'm a teenage Botox addict? I can't think of anything worse than looking old. I'll always find a way to pay for Botox. Now [that] I've started, I can't stop," said Jodie. What about the implications? Besides the fact that an 18-year-old doesn't need Botox under normal circumstances, many surgeons advise against the procedure for those under the age of 30, as wrinkles haven't fully developed.

Plus, the shots can render the face expressionless — not a good look for a young lady, or anybody for that matter. Dr. Mazhar Mahmood, who recently started treating Jodie, defended himself, saying, "I felt that because she had already been having treatment it would be better for her to be treated by someone experienced." What do you think? When it comes to Botox, how young is too young?

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