New York, NY (Vocus) March 18, 2010
The Physician’s Coalition for Injectable Safety warns against “Teen Toxing” or the administration of Botox or other injectable products to individuals under the age of 18 for cosmetic reasons. According to an article published in the UK Daily Mail, a 15-year-old girl was recently administered Botox injections by her mother Sarah Burge, known in the press as the “human Barbie.”
The Coalition believes that this disturbing report may be an indicator of other questionable cosmetic injection practices. “We need to avoid the abuse of this product in the US and the only way we can do that is by stricter control of distribution and administration of all neurotoxins,” says Richard D’Amico, a leader in the Coalition and former President of American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).
Robert Weiss, MD a Coalition leader from Baltimore, MD and Past-President of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) questions the need for teens to use a product used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. “I am very doubtful of the benefits of neurotoxins for individuals who are wrinkle-fee by virtue of their age. Botox does not prevent natural aging, so this seems like an unnecessary risk.” This fact goes directly against the girl’s belief that Botox “prevents wrinkles” on her young face.
The mother, Sarah Burge, is the world record holder for the most cosmetic surgeries on one person and explained in the article that she would be hypocritical to tell her daughter she could not have Botox. She is a trained aesthetic practitioner, orders the Botox from the manufacturer and administers it to her daughter herself. British Surgeons have spoken out against the Burges and injecting into a young teen, but no laws have been broken.
“This case raises the question of who is responsible for injecting it and dealing with the technical difficulties, risks and the informed consent process,” says Roger Dailey, MD, Coalition leader and a former President of American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS). “If a complication occurred, will they be prepared to deal with the consequences?”
The Coalition would like to highlight the potential complications and risks mentioned specifically regarding this case, and to not recommend injecting teens with neurotoxins. The procedure has no foreseeable benefits and comes at a high risk. All medical procedures for teens, plastic surgery or otherwise, should be reviewed with a board-certified physician.
To read the article “Meet the teens who Botox” go here: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/woman/2873708/Meet-the-teens-who-Botox.html
The Coalition, charged with educating consumers on safe choices in cosmetic injections and eradicating the use of counterfeit and illegally imported cosmetic injectables, suggests all consumers follow these steps to ensure safe and effective treatment:
To learn more about the benefits of cosmetic injections, the uses for approved cosmetic injectables, to plan for your treatment, see video of live, appropriately administered injectables and more, visit http://www.injectablesafety.org and http://www.realself.com/injectable-safety-campaign.
The Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety is an alliance of specialty physician organizations including the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the International Society for Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the Canadian Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The mission of the Coalition is to provide the public with unbiased and necessary information on injectable cosmetic treatments, appropriate injectors and where to safely access cosmetic medical procedures. Our goal is to promote treatment supervised by properly qualified and trained, board-certified doctors and to promote only the use of U.S. FDA-approved, appropriately administered product. More information can be found at http://www.injectablesafety.org.
Contact: Adeena Babbitt