May 26, 2009
So for her 18th birthday in May 2007 her mother bought her £160 Botox injections. Jodie said: 'Nothing else seemed to work.
'My friends' faces all looked much smoother. Although when I said "my forehead is wrinkly" they told me it was OK.'
The teenager admits her mother is her role model when it comes to looks.
Mrs King, who is separated from Jodie's father, has been under the knife for a nose job, two breast enlargements, a tummy tuck and a mini-facelift.
Jodie said: 'My mum's always looked so glamorous and she uses cosmetic surgery and Botox to keep her looking young. I plan to follow in her footsteps.
'So what if I'm a teenage Botox addict? I can't think of anything worse than looking old. I'll always find a way to pay for Botox. Now I've started I can't stop.'
Six months after the first session, her smooth frozen look started to wear off, and Jodie feared her natural lines would come back. So she made the next appointment herself, and she and her mother now regularly go for jabs together at the private Anti-Ageing Clinic in South Woodford, North-East London. Each time, the dose is higher.
Jodie said the doctors expressed no concerns about her age. One of the clinic's doctors said there is no legal age limit for Botox, adding: 'The decision is based on each individual patient.'
But another cosmetic surgeon sounded a note of caution. Alex Karidis said: 'It sounds like this young lady is on a dangerous spiral. She's obviously getting encouragement from her mother who sounds like she might be addicted to Botox as well.
'It is very very unusual to have Botox at that age and 18-year-olds should only have it if there is a real facial deformity, not just normal lines when they frown.
'There is a real psychological danger. This is setting a precedent for using anti-ageing procedures for many years to come. The mother needs to be taking responsibility if she is encouraging her daughter to have injections into her face.'
Yeah, I would say so.
This should end well.
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