Botox, which is used in a cosmetic industry over the last years, nowadays is getting noticed by generation as young as 18. Girls, still too young to be in any need of this extremely toxic substance are spending their parents’ money to smooth their “wrinkles”.
Botox is a brand name for Botulinum toxin-A, a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacteria Clostridium Botulinum. Despite being one of the most lethal substances known to science (one teaspoon can kill 1.2 billion people) it has become number one non-surgical cosmetic treatment in Britain and US because of the ability to temporarily erase wrinkles and restore youthful looks.
It is extremely sad to believe that some mothers would buy Botox as a birthday present to their 18 years old daughters believing that this could boost their self-esteem and could help them to deal with self-image issues.
An English mother said that her 18 years old daughter’s forehead is like hers and she believes that Botox is the answer to this problem.
This example is a wake-up call for every parent. Most importantly, do we as a society want to send a message to other young and beautiful girls that taking Botox at 18th is cool?
Cosmetic surgeons do not recommend the use of Botox injection under the age of 30. The skin of a young person is not wrinkled enough to be injected with Botox so it could lead to a loss of facial expression.
A mother, age 49, who has already spent around £45,000 on cosmetic surgery including tummy tuck, nose job, facelift, two breast enlargement and years of taking Botox is happy that her daughter is inheriting her habit.
The young girl admitted that her mother has always looked so glamorous because she uses cosmetic surgery and Botox to keep her looking young so she plans to follow in her mother’s footsteps.
The Botox treatment is sky-rocking, even though the Canadian government and the FDA are warning that Botox could cause muscle weakness, swallowing difficulties, pneumonia, speech disorders and respiratory failure due to its ability to spread to areas distant to the site of the injection.
So, how far would we go to restore our youthful look? Should we happily go to a cosmetic surgeon for the poisonous injection to our face to look like a porcelain doll? Or should we leave the nature to take its own course and age gracefully with a natural smile on our faces?
Should we close our eyes to cases where mothers are injecting their young daughters’ mind with the idea of a need for cosmetic surgery and Botox?
Or should we start to educate the young generation of the physical and mental health complications of the surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments?