Outrage Over Botox For 13-Year-Olds

13/08/2010 12:06 | Updated 22 May 2015

Figures from the US have revealed that doctors treated more than 12,000 teenagers with Botox last year, and on some occasions, administered the jabs to patients as young as 13.

Although some of the treatments were carried out on medical grounds, a spokesperson for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons admitted that many teens were turning to the drug to correct flaws.

The report comes just weeks after 18-year-old actress Charice Pempengco admitted to having undergone Botox treatment in preparation for her role in the hit TV show Glee.

She said she wanted to look 'fresh' in front of the camera. Her doctor later went on Philippine TV and confirmed she had carried out the procedures, saying she had used the drug to 'target jaw muscles that made her look fat'.

The Federal Drug Administration has approved its use for anyone aged 12 and over.

In the UK girls in their late teens and early 20s are already using Botox as a 'preventative' measure to avoid developing wrinkles. So will we be seeing schoolgirls booking in for botox here too?

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