TRENTON — Minors in New Jersey wouldn’t be able to get Botox injections unless a doctor says it’s medically necessary and documents the reason, under a bill moving through the Assembly. The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee approved legislation Thursday to clamp down on doctors injecting people under 18 with botulinum toxin for cosmetic purposes. The Federal Drug Administration already bars anyone under 18 from getting Botox for cosmetic reasons. The new state legislation would go further by requiring doctors to document in a patient’s chart the noncosmetic medical reason for performing the procedure on a minor. Botox is used widely to smooth out facial wrinkles, but also can be used to treat headaches and spasms.
This prospective law in New Jersey would make Botox injections illegal in minors without a doctor’s statement that it is medically necessary. Unfortunately this is not to say such a law would have the desired effect. There are docs who will write those “permit slips.” Watch how many of these Botox-using minors get headaches.
I am not really a fan of laws restricting the flow of medicines. I do not believe they work well. Then again cosmetic treatments in minors are on the rise and as a practitioner I can only do what I feel is right in my own office. These minors aren’t getting their Botox treatments from me.
I have stated before the real lack of reason in using Botox and other wrinkle fighters in patients who are too young to have wrinkles. Would such a law affect the use of other treatments? There are other botulinum toxins. What about fillers? We’ll see if this bill goes anywhere.
*This blog post was originally published at Truth in Cosmetic Surgery*