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Teen Botox use on the rise

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - Paige Bailey, just 21-years old, started perfecting her appearance four years ago. She doesn't mind going "under the needle" if it'll help her age gracefully.

"You can't just all of a sudden wake up one day and say oh my gosh I look old, fix me," says Bailey.

She saved up for a breast augmentation at 18, followed by Botox for the lines in her forehead. And just recently, she had filler in her lips and cheeks.

Dr. Ayman Hakki, a double board certified plastic surgeon, says most of his teenage patients get Botox with their parent's approval as a six month vacation from profuse underarm sweating. Others get it to smooth away strong frown lines.

"I tell them if your mom during Thanksgiving dinner can tell that I did anything on you then I have failed," explained Dr. Hakki, founder and CEO of Luxxery in Georgetown and Waldorf.

There's a lot of pressure in looking perfect in an age where photos are uploaded onto social media with a click. Arlington mom and women's studies professor Ami Lynch talks about the consequences in her classes.

"This negative self talking that they're doing in the mirror has amazing repercussions on this psychological processing," says Lynch, who is troubled by the trend.

Botox use among 13 to 19 year-olds jumped 20 percent from 2010 to 2011. And injections are up 680 percent since 2000.

"What do we think is actually going to happen from having a wrinkle or having a line that somebody is going to judge us and say what? That we're not valuable," explained Lynch. "That's again buying into that societal belief."

Bailey says she gets Botox strictly for herself and to soften those facial "souvenirs" that come with aging.

"You feel good when you look good," explains Bailey. "And you look good when you feel good."

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