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Number of Teens Getting Botox Increasing

July 6, 2010 |

 It turns out that Botox isn’t just for old people.

Valley plastic surgeon Pablo Prichard says many teens come in with parents asking about Botox.

“People want to stay young,” Prichard said. “Young is thought of as sexy, as vibrant.”

“We don’t always see them actually getting a procedure done,” Prichard said. “Certainly sometimes education there will keep people from getting a procedure done.”

But nearly 12,000 teens got Botox last year, which is a 2 percent from 2008 according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

“I’ve injected Botox in people under 18 not for wrinkles but for headaches and if they sweat horrifically under the armpits or the forehead,” Prichard said.

And while Prichard says he’s given Botox to some teens for those reasons, he tries to dissuade other teens who do it for aesthetic purposes.

Prichard recommends that teens worried about wrinkles stay out of the sun as much as possible and not smoke.

Source:  by Colton Shone for KTAR, July 5, 2010  at

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