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A shocking number of women in their 20s are getting Botox

Are you one of them?

By Glamour Magazine Apr 4, 2013 3:37PM
Sam Edwards/Getty Images by Amy Wicks

If you're in your 20s and getting periodic injections of Botox, you're definitely not alone. I was pretty surprised to find out that among women in their 20s, Botox use is up 10 percent, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. I may be on my own here, but getting Botox at such a young age sounds a little extreme.

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For the uninitiated, Botox is injected using a needle. The toxins basically freeze your wrinkles and fine lines. It's commonly used in areas where lines begin to show up, such as around the mouth and eyebrows. The full effect of the Botox doesn't show up on your face for at least a week, so if you're looking for a quick, overnight fix, this isn't the way to go.

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"Because you are injecting small amounts of liquid, you can notice some bruising or swelling, which goes away in 24 hours," Dr. Brian Bonanni told Yahoo. "The full effect of Botox takes a couple of days. They normally say three to five days, and the full effects can take up to two weeks. It's different for everyone." Each procedure costs hundreds of dollars, depending on how much you get.

I haven't had Botox, but a few of my friends in their 20s have, and the results are mixed. I wouldn't say they resemble the Real Housewives of New York City, but I do miss seeing their actual facial expressions when I tell a joke! Maybe they just went to the wrong doctor.

Tell us on Facebook: Does getting Botox in your 20s sound a little aggressive to you? Or is this something you've tried and loved the results? Discuss!

Update: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has provided more recent demographic data.

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Bing: Botox before and after
51Comments
Apr 5, 2013 8:15PM
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The same new attitude; " I Want It and I Want It Now" from the Give Me Generation..
Apr 5, 2013 8:13PM
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Wait till their 50 and see what this does to their faces..
Apr 5, 2013 8:12PM
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I received Botox injections from the ages of 22-25.  Not because I am vain, far from it.  But because: #1 They are the only thing that prevented my migraines.  I was getting such bad migraines 2-3 times per week that I would begin vomitting from the pain, and lose the ability to see, everything would go dark.  #2 I was a female athlete, outside practising or competing daily.  Even though I wore sunscreen and sunglasses, I still would squint my eyes while out in the sun, leaving deep lines between my eyebrows, and even hours after getting out of the sun the lines would be visible and people would ask why I looked so mad all the time because it looked like I was constantly frowning.  I still looked like me, it didn't change my appearance, and even after I would tell someone I had it, some people still didn't believe me.  As far as "injecting toxin" into my body?  I would have been putting a lot more chemicals into my body with all the "acceptable medications" to treat my migraines.
Apr 5, 2013 8:07PM
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that's the type of woman who is looking for a sugar daddy so she can stop using her own money

Apr 5, 2013 7:44PM
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What a vane idiotic society we've become.
Apr 5, 2013 7:30PM
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My wife is 29 and gets them for migraines...short of morphine it is the only thing that has helped so far. 
Apr 5, 2013 7:27PM
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I cannot believe that women are willing pay for procedures that make them look like clowns.  All I can say about women in their 20's wanting this procedure is that they must be very desperate and insecure. 
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