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It’s been all over the news, I am referring to the Esthetician who gave her eight year old daughter injections of Botox to treat “wrinkles”. She was motivated to do this to help give her daughter an advantage in pageants. As a mother and an Esthetician myself, I wanted to share my thoughts on this crazy story. It has already been said that she is sending the wrong message to her daughter. Lets face it, that message began with putting an eight year old in a beauty pageant.

Why Does An Eight Year Old Want Botox?

There has been discussion about why an eight year old would ask for Botox in the first place. As an Esthetician I can tell you that at that same age my son knew about many of the things we offer in the beauty industry, just from hearing me talk about it. I even remember him telling me that his teacher needed a blue peel, but for the most part he had no interest in esthetic treatments. I am sure that girls would naturally have a little more interest in esthetic and cosmetic treatments than boys, but certainly not anti-aging treatments. Just to state the obvious… children do not have wrinkles!

Mommy is an Esthetician????

The mother of the little girl is an Esthetician and claims it was her daughter that asked for Botox. As a mother and an Esthetician, I do not see how that justifies her actually injecting her daughter with Botox. My son once asked me to remove his cow lick with laser hair removal. I obviously refused and explained to him that although it would permanently rid him of his cow-lick, he would be left with a bald spot on the back of his head. He said, he would rather have a bald spot than a cow-lick. I promised him that he would feel differently later, and then changed the discussion to the pain involved. Now that he is a teenager, I know he is glad I didn’t honor his request. My first point is that children do not know what is best for them, thats why they have parents. My second point is, Estheticians have a professional responsibility, to educate clients about the benefits and risks of a treatment.

The Worst Esthetician Ever!!!

The little girl said she didn’t like wrinkles. Okay… that is fair, I don’t exactly like them either. I am going to be completely hypothetical for a moment, because I am obviously not in the business of treating or consulting children for cosmetic treatments. If I was consulting with this little girl, I would point out that she doesn’t have wrinkles and I would explain to her that children have a lot of collagen and elastin and that their skin cells turn over very fast. I would also explain that the facial muscles only become strong enough to create lines and wrinkles after many years and she could reconsider Botox in about 20 years. I would teach her that the best way to prevent wrinkles is to use a good sunblock every day. Other things she should do, is eat a healthy diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and exercise and never start smoking. I might even teach her how to properly cleanse her face, but thats about it. It is irresponsible as a skin professional to provide skin treatments that are unnecessary to anyone. I have to assume that either this esthetician doesn’t understand how the skin functions or has poor ethical and professional standards (or both). She is also working outside the scope of an Esthetic License, the only way she can inject Botox is under the direct supervision of a doctor, in which case the doctor can be held responsible for her actions. She stated that she does the injections her self, and purchases the Botox online. FYI- the internet is not a trusted source. After careful consideration, I am awarding this mom with the title of ” Worst Esthetician Ever”.

I am annoyed that this ridiculous story gives a bad reputation to Estheticians and Botox. The truth is there are “bad” Estheticians, which is why it is so important to find an Esthetician that excels in the field. I have to advocate for Botox, by saying that it is only intended for cosmetic use in consenting adults and in children to treat specifically indicated medical conditions, but not for cosmetic purpose. Botox is only sold to approved doctors, the woman in this case claims to have purchased it on line. As I have said many times before, just because you can buy something on the internet doesn’t mean you should.

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Read MoreMay 14, 2011 4:55 pm - Posted by Kristy

Master Injecter

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Pat Foley-Naumentz, R.N. Nurse and Soft Tissue Injectable Specialist at Shapiro Plastic Surgery.

Pat Foley-Naumetz is very respected by industry professionals, and her artistic eye and gentle hand has earned her the reputation as Arizona’s best injector. As a registered nurse, born and educated in Arizona, Pat has been in plastic and reconstructive surgery for the last 30 years.

Pat is an instructor for Aesthetic Advancements Inc. and Alga-Medic, which is Allergan’s Consortium of Research and Education Programs, she travels throughout the United States teaching expertise and safety principles in soft tissue filler and Botox® injection techniques to doctors, nurses and nurse practicioners.

[ Botox injections are not used to plump lips]

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Shapiro Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Paradise Valley Skin Klinic
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste F-100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
480 421.1701
wwwshapiroplasticsurgery.com

Read MoreJanuary 21, 2011 11:01 pm - Posted by Kristy

The Truth About Lip Augmentation

I have a bit of a pet peeve.
It makes me crazy when people confuse a lip augmentation for Botox. Lip augmentations can be created with soft implants or injectable fillers like Juvederm. Botox is used to relax muscles in areas like the forehead, between the eye brows, and crowsfeet around the eyes. So, please don’t tell me that you can’t stand it when women have so much Botox in their lips.

Lisa Rina: Lisa admits to having filler injected into her already naturally full lips.

What’s up with the big lips?
When you do see women with overly plump lips, chances are they like that look. However to be fair, I need to tell you that lip augmentations do look a little fuller the first few days after injections. The lidocane will cause the lips to swell, before filler is ever even injected. When you see photo’s of your favorite celebrities with new plump lips, they may have just recently had an injection and are still swollen. Some women like overly augmented lips and large augmented breast, the same way that some people like tattoos, piercings or overly tweezed eyebrows. It’s about personal preference and self expression.

Juvederm lip injections

It is about regaining a youthful look, not changing your look.
There are people with naturally thin lips that need filler to give their lips a little more shape, however for many people filler is used to regain lost volume. As we age our face losses volume, and lips become thinner. Look at photo’s of yourself when you were a teenager, I will bet your lips look fuller.

Brook Shields is a true natural beauty, she doesn’t look “old” in any way, however you can tell she is not in her 20’s. If you look at her recent photo, she doesn’t have any skin discolorations, lines or wrinkles. However if you compare it to a photo of her when she was younger, you will notice a loss of volume in her face. Look closely at her lips, not only are they fuller, the upper lip pulls up a little toward the nose. Now look at the space between the lower lip and chin, the lower lip has a little “flip” out. It is this type of subtle differences that give the face a more youthful appearance. A little botox can be injected above and bellow the lip to create the “flip”, botox can also be injected at the corners of mouth to turn the corners of mouth up. This is an advanced technique and should be done by a master injector.

Brook Shields 2008
Brook Shields 2008

Young Brook Shields
Young Brook Shields from Blue lagoon

Bad Lip Augmentation
If you have had a lip augmentation that looks to full, asymmetrical or lumpy there are ways to correct it. If your lip augmentation is an implant you need to consult with a plastic surgeon about having it removed or replaced. If you have had temporary fillers, you can have injections that will “dissolve” the filler. The good thing about temporary fillers like Juvederm is they are temporary and will eventually go away on their own.

I strongly discourage anyone from getting injections that are not FDA approved. I know that it is tempting to have cosmetic procedures in other countries that are not approved “yet” in the United States, but it is risky. Many of these treatments never get FDA approval because they are dangerous.

Go to the best.
Pat Foley-Naumentz, R.N. Nurse and Soft Tissue Injectable Specialist at Shapiro Plastic Surgery.
As a registered nurse, born and educated in Arizona, Pat has been in plastic and reconstructive surgery for the last 30 years.

As an instructor for Aesthetic Advancements Inc. and Alga-Medic, which is Allergan’s Consortium of Research and Education Programs, Pat travels throughout the United States teaching expertise and safety principles in soft tissue filler and Botox® injection techniques to doctors, nurses and nurse practicioners.

Pat Foley-Naumetz is very respected by industry professionals, and her artistic eye and gentle hand has earned her the reputation as Arizona’s best injector.

Before lip injections: Shapiro Plastic Surgery
Before lip injections by Shapiro Plastic Surgery
After lip injections by Shapiro Plastic Surgery


Shapiro Plastic Surgery
5410 N. Scottsdale Rd., ste F-100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
480 421-1700
www.shapiroplasticsurgery.com

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Read MoreSeptember 14, 2010 5:19 pm - Posted by Kristy