A mother told Dr. Phil she’s helping her teen daughter overcome her poor body image issues by letting the girl get botox and fillers.
Valeria appeared on the talk show to discuss her tenuous mother-daughter relationship with her 16-year-old. She went on to say when her daughter, Veronica, was 15 she took her to get botox and fillers because the girl felt insecure about her looks.
This was allegedly at the recommendation of her dentist. Dr. Phil responded:
“Oh my god.
She feels bad about her body image, so you reinforce that by getting her botox and fillers?”
He told the woman this was wrong on so many levels, and she was sending the wrong message to her impressionable teen. He added:
To give a 15-year-old botox and filler is absolutely idiotic.
You don’t do that … seriously.
The mom seemed surprised by his frank parenting advice. She defended herself and went on to explain that she gets the same treatments.
Valeria and her daughter don’t see anything wrong with making themselves better through injection treatments, arguing that she had not agreed to serious plastic surgery. She said:
If there’s a problem with her their going to fix her. Their professional their doctors that’s why I go there.
I’m not seeking out a plastic surgeon.
However, she admits her daughter asked for more serious surgery like a butt lift or breast augmentation, but Valerie said no.
Watch the video below:
According to Star Tribune, Botox was once considered popular amongst middle-aged women to retain a youthful appearance, but now more and more teen girls are turning to injections.
A Minneapolis plastic surgeon Richard Tholen of Carillon Clinic told the news outlet:
“Botox is being marketed in a preventive sense, rather than a treatment sense.”
Patients are told they can prevent wrinkles and retain smooth skin with injections and the selfie culture is driving business.
As reported by Market Watch, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports that 229,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on girls aged 13 to 19 in 2017.
Dr. Phil told Valeria, 15 is emphatically way too young for beauty treatments.
Would you let your teen get botox or fillers to boost their self-esteem?