Botox – What Are Your Thoughts? How Young Is Too Young?


I have always believed in natural beauty and last week, I came across an article from the Daily Mail that I find absolutely disturbing.

49-year-old British mom Sarah Burge, aka the “Human Barbie”, gave consent to have Botox injected into her then 15-year-old daughter, Hannah, at a Spanish clinic last year, making her the youngest UK Botox user. Since then, Hannah has had two more injections administered at home by Sarah, who is a trained aesthetic practitioner.

Hannah told the Daily Mail that she “wanted to have Botox for two reasons – it prevents wrinkles and everyone at my school was talking about having “B”. I had a couple of lines on my forehead and around my mouth, which I was unhappy about. Appearance is important to me and I don’t want to look haggard and ugly by the time I’m 25. Some of my friends told me that the earlier you start to have B, the fewer wrinkles you’ll have as an adult. Teen Toxing is just part of life these days, which is why I share it with my mum. With her help, I won’t get that frozen-face look when I’m older and will never have a line or wrinkle on my face.””

Sounds like someone is seriously misinformed. Even President-Elect of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Fazel Fatah, finds this “shocking” and warns us about the side effects of excessive Botoxing.

“Too frequent or excessive dosing of Botox can lead to the patient developing resistance to treatment or may exaggerate any facial asymmetry. Excessive Botox can also cause facial weakness or paralysis, and double vision, if injected incorrectly near the eye area.”

So ‘fess up all you young people out there! What you think of the procedure? Is “B” really what you do nowadays?

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. This is insane. I don’t even agree with botox on OLD people much less someone who is still a minor. But then again, look at the asian countries with their eyelid slicing and liposuction.

    I believe one should take care of themselves. AKA live a healthy lifestyle. But looking 20 when you’re 40 is just plain creepy.

  2. Eh… She sounds seriously misinformed… Now, if she had the correct information and still decided to inject botox, well, that’s her choice. This goes for eyelid slicing and liposuction too. If the patient is well informed and still chooses to get eyelid slicing or whatever, that’s their choice and I don’t think we should judge them for it.
    I, myself, would never do botox. I happen to like having expressions XP.

  3. No, instead of botox, maybe she should take care of her skin and body more by eating healthy, and no alcohol or smoking.

  4. Obviously the wrong thing to do…and anyone here who thinks it’s okay for 15 year old to get botox injections needs to get out.

  5. My sister has started to get botox and shes addicted and only 20. I dont agree with it. I think thats a problem with society because we want to look ‘young forever’ and thats impossible. My mom is 60 yr. and when people ask her why she doesnt have anything done she replies, “It took me this long to look this good and I want to enjoy every line, every wrinkle.” And thats what I believe. Age is beautiful. Wrinkles are just life experience and knowledge.

  6. it’s sad that people, especially the younger generation’s conception of beauty is really sick these days…although it’s a good thing for such procedures to be around for people to avail of when they’re old, wrinkly and would like to look a bit younger without being overdone, it’s still not a good thing for teens to be hooked into like it’s some sort of fad.

  7. There are so many ways to prevent wrinkles without botox or any skincare products… I thinks it stupid of her to believe wat her frens say… Botox will prevent wrinkles but it doesnt prevent it forever… shes gonna so regret doing this soon or later.

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