Does she really need it The 24-year-old woman who is ALREADY using Botox
21:36 GMT, 29 June 2012
Botox has been used by women determined to stave off ageing frown lines and forehead wrinkles for ten years.
But one 24-year-old has opened up to Huffington Post about why she felt she needed the treatment, prompting the question, how young is too young for Botox
Danielle Dansmuir from Oakridge, New Jersey, works as a surgical nurse at a cosmetic surgery in New York so her curiosity about the treatment was easily piqued.
Plumped up: Danielle Dansmiur from New Jersey is 24 and has already started doing Botox on her forehead and Restylane injections in her lips
Complaining that she had fine lines on her forehead that make-up only highlighted, Danielle also had Restylane fillers injected into her lips to hide gums that she felt were too prominent when she smiled.
'My family and friends were saying it's unnecessary and you don't really need it. But I think because I'm around it so much, I don't really think that,' she explained.
The Restylane was administered by Dr Michael Fiorello of the Advanced Surgery Center in New York where Danielle works.
But the plastic surgeon did not openly admit that he gave Danielle the Botox injections. In fact his opinion on the subject of young twenty-somethings seeking the treatment was decidedly un-supportive of her decision.
'If someone just comes in, and says “Hey, I don't like the way I look, and I want to reduce wrinkles,” I don't really believe it's indicated for that,' he told the Huffington Post.
Danielle is also under the impression that Botox is preventative, having been told, she says, that starting early could help avoid surgery later in life.
Smooth: Danielle has been told the now ten-year-old cosmetic treatment is preventative though there are no studies to prove that
'Once it's around long enough, people will see that that it's preventive,' she said, adding that: 'People who got it when they were younger won't really need a facelift when they're older. I think it will definitely become a trend.'
But Dr Fiorello was quick to point out that there have been no studies on the subject thus far: 'If you start at a younger age it will weaken the muscle, and it may prevent some wrinkles as you age. But I haven't seen anything in writing, like a study, that shows that.'
He added: 'It's not something that I'm going to advertise, or start telling people to get done and that you won't ever get wrinkles.'
The one discussion point on which the nurse and doctor do seemingly agree, however, is that teenagers are too young for the procedure.
Unless Botox is being used as a cure for underarm sweating, Danielle believes: 'I don't think there are any lines to correct when you're a teenager.'
For her part, thrilled with the way that she can now apply make-up to a smooth face without the worry of cracks, the transformation in her smile has been an even bigger boost and one she knows others notice.
'[The Restylane] made me feel more confident. I felt like I was smiling more in pictures because I didn't have that gummy smile,' she said. 'With my smile it's dramatically different; I think with that, people noticed.'
Unashamed by her cosmetic enhancements, Danielle was comfortable admitting that more could certainly be on the horizon with a potential tummy tuck when she has children.