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Teenagers may avoid Botox for looks: Experts

Botox is not recommended for teenagers unless it is for medical purposes, said experts during a live Twitter clinic held by the Dubai Health Authority on Thursday morning.

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Published: Sat 21 Sep 2013, 12:45 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:48 PM

“Botox works on wrinkles by relaxing the muscles responsible for expression lines and teenagers do not have wrinkles. They may have facial expression lines, but there is a vast difference between that and wrinkles. Botox can start in your late 20s and this depends on your skin type,” said experts.

Dr Qassim Ahli, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Rashid Hospital, said, “Botox and fillers are becoming extremely common procedures throughout the world and the UAE is no different. However, the key is to ensure that people go to licensed practitioners and use quality products to avoid complications which can sometimes be irreparable.”

“Dubai has more than 180 licensed facilities that provide dermatology, plastic and aesthetic services so there is really no requirement to go to unlicensed facilities and people should be aware that unlicensed clinics that offer cheaper treatments are unreliable,” said Dr Hisham Hassan Al Hammadi, head of registration and accreditation, DHA Health Regulation.

He also stated that when Botox is used for cosmetic purposes, only a dermatologist or a plastic surgeon is allowed to give Botox injections and this should be verified before undergoing the procedure.

Botox is also used to treat certain medical conditions such as migraines, hemorrhoids and muscle spasms. For cosmetic purposes, it is used as a wrinkle-reducing/anti-ageing treatment.

He also said the people need to be aware that Botox is not a one-time treatment and that it needs to be repeated every four to six months, whereas fillers needs to be repeated once between six months and two years.

He also advised that people should follow basic beauty routines and lead a healthy lifestyle to avoid developing deep facial lines and wrinkles. “Everyone should follow a daily moisturising routine.

The next DHA twitter clinic will take place on September 26 from 10am to noon. The e-clinic will address queries on heart health and prostate cancer to mark World Heart Day and Prostate Cancer Awareness Week, which take place this month. Those interested may tweet their queries on @DHA_Dubai during the twitter clinic. -asmaalizain@khaleejtimes.com

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