The Increasing Popularity of Botox®

Do you get surprised hearing news of someone having been injected with Botox at a very young age? Today, Botox is the number-one cosmetic treatment in the U.S. In a study carried out by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Botox accounts for around 3.7 million out of the 5.89 injectable procedures performed for the year 2013. What’s more, the frequency of injectable procedures performed just keeps on increasing; the rate was up by almost 16 percent in 2013 in comparison to 2012’s figure.

With the rising demand for Botox, even doctors who are not cosmetic surgeons are now training to perform this procedure. But what concerns many people is not the person who administers Botox; rather, it is the increasingly younger age at which patients are seeking this injectable cosmetic treatment.

In a study revealed by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, women in their mid- to late 20s are now turning to Botox to fight the onset of wrinkles and facial fine lines. In fact, it is not just women who opt for Botox; men, too, opt to undergo this procedure. From 2000 to 2012, the number of cosmetic procedures performed in men increased by 22 percent.

Understandably, older women are more enticed by the use of Botox to conceal the effects of aging, but why would a 21-year-old be tempted? This question was posed by Dr. Michael Edwards, president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

“We’re seeing younger and younger people doing it,” Dr. Edwards said. “It’s not uncommon to have 22- and 23-year-olds getting Botox.” However, he noted that he would decline Botox treatment on patients aged under 18 unless the latter is able to secure parental consent. While he would usually talk a young woman out of Botox, he will perform the procedure if the circumstances so warrant.

In the U.S., Botox has been approved for use to eliminate, among others, frown lines, crow’s-feet, uncontrollable blinking, crossed eyes, recurring migraines, excessive sweating and neck spasms.