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Would You Encourage Your 18-Year-Old To Have Botox?

29/05/2009 11:03 | Updated 22 May 2015

All teenagers seem to fret about their looks and their body. But it's the job of parents to instil some self-respect and love into our children to help them cope with the inevitable self-confidence blips. if you're lucky, they will learn to listen to you when you tell them how utterly perfect they are. And you're right.

But what if you're so unhappy with yourself that Botox is a regular part of your beauty regime? What impact does this have on your impressionable daughter?

Most mothers are careful not to run themselves down in front of their children, to eschew the scales in favour of a hearty dollop of self-love. But not all mothers think the same.

In the King house 49-year-old mother Margaret's fretting over her face and body has had an impact on her 18-year-old daughter Jodie.King, a housewife, has spent about $90,000 on two breast enlargements, a nose job, a mini face-lift, a tummy tuck and for the past eleven years has had regular Botox injections.

Botox was King's answer to her daughter's prayers after Jodie complained her forehead was getting wrinkly. Instead of telling her she was beautiful as she was, King gave her the injections for her 18th birthday. Now the pair go together regularly.

"So what if I'm a teenage Botox addict? I can't think of anything worse than looking old," says Jodie. "I'll always find a way to pay for Botox. Now I've started I can't stop."

But one cosmetic surgeon is worried that King is leading her daughter on a downward spiral to more and more cosmetic procedures.

"It sounds like this young lady is on a dangerous spiral. She's obviously getting encouragement from her mother who sounds like she might be addicted to Botox as well," says Alex Karidis.

Karidis says it is very unusual to have Botox at such a young age and believes it should only be used at that age for facial deformities.

His worries do not seem unfounded; King has already promised Jodie a nose job for her 21st and has also taken her to see a consultant about a breast enlargement.

It does seem terribly sad that such a young woman would be so unhappy with herself in her natural state. Maybe in years to come she'll regret the decisions she was helped to make, but by then it'll be too late.

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