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"Teen Toxing" Trend Gains Traction

Posted: July 2, 2010
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Tracy Drumm, a 27-year-old marketing director from Chicago who first opted for Botox at age 19, says she’s continued to use it over the years as a way to shape her eyebrows (Botox gives them an arch) and fend off signs of aging.

“If you’re not using the muscles to create wrinkles in the first place, they’re not going to appear,” says Drumm, who estimates she’s had about 15 or 16 procedures so far. “Why would I stop if it’s going to help me prevent having wrinkles that I don’t want?”

But not everyone who’s used Botox at a young age is trying to stop the clock. “If it’s for a good reason, like a deep-set wrinkle, then I think it’s great,” says Dozark’s daughter Jessica Baldwin, now a 26-year-old health specialist from Fayetteville, N.C. “But if it’s just because you don’t want wrinkles, that’s tough. Because everybody ages, whether you want to or not.”

By Diane Mapes, MSNBC.com, June 28, 2010