Us­ing Bo­tox is flab­u­lous

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - JANE HANSEN

YOUNG women rush­ing to have Bo­tox and fillers are not only wast­ing money but could end up with dis­torted, “flabby” faces, ex­perts warn.

Once the pre­serve of the forty-some­thing want­ing to turn back the clock, more twenty-some­things are turn­ing to Bo­tox and fillers, with some clin­ics re­port­ing 40 per cent of their clien­tele are in the 20s.

But der­ma­tol­o­gist Dr Michael Free­man said us­ing Bo­tox in your 20s was a waste of money.

“Bo­tox in your 20s is point­less, skin in your 20s is in­cred­i­bly elas­tic,” Dr Free­man, a mem­ber of the Aus­tralasian Col­lege of Der­ma­tol­o­gists, said. “Bo­tox is great once you have wrin­kles.”

Us­ing Bo­tox at an early age also risked the one in 20 chance of de­vel­op­ing an­ti­bod­ies to bo­tulinum tox­oid. “If you use Bo­tox over your whole life there is a chance, a 6 per cent chance, you de­velop an­ti­bod­ies so it won’t work later on,” he said.

Dr Free­man also warned young women risk get­ting flabby skin. “If you over­fill and plump up like some of th­ese young women you run the risk of dis­tort­ing tis­sue that ends up flabby,” he said.

“It would be bet­ter to train not to use those frown mus­cles, put a piece of sticky tape be­tween your eye­brows and when you frown you can feel it, so you can learn not to use those mus­cles. There are pos­i­tive things young women can do: if you are a smoker, stop; wear­ing sun­screen will do more to pro­tect your beauty than any­thing else; and ex­plore makeup if you want to change your ap­pear­ance.”

Dr Naomi McCal­lum, a self-pro­claimed “doll­maker” from the Manse Clinic in Padding­ton, said 40 per cent of her clien­tele were in their 20s and in­flu­enced by the likes of Kylie and Ken­dall Jen­ner.

At Syd­ney’s Re­ju­ve­na­tion Clin­ics of Aus­tralia, Dr Garry Cus­sell said his un­der-30 clien­tele for Bo­tox and fillers had grown from 27 per cent to 36 per cent since 2015.

Chris­to­bel Ona has been us­ing Bo­tox and der­mal fillers since she was 21.

“It’s just for con­fi­dence and there is a lot of pres­sure from so­cial me­dia, you see a lot of beau­ti­ful peo­ple on Face­book and In­sta­gram and there is a stan­dard there and you want to be beau­ti­ful,” she said.

A spokes­woman for Al­ler­gan, the com­pany that makes Bo­tox, said it was not de­signed for women and men in their 20s.

Kirsten Ti­plady and Christa­bel Ona like to use Bo­tox in their 20s. Pic­ture: Sam Rut­tyn

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