Tucker bill would target botox treatments for minors

TRENTON – When a California mother was recently found injecting her 8-year-old daughter with a neurotoxic, prescription-only cosmetic treatment for a beauty pageant, botox regulations came to the front-burner.

Today, on this coast, a bill was passed unanimously in committee to outlaw botulinum toxin, or Botox, treatments for anyone under the age of 18.

Sponsor Cleopatra Tucker (D-28), of Newark, said she dropped her bill in February, but urged its passage now following the California incident.

A3838 requires the state Board of Medical Examiners, in consultation with the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services, to promulgate regulations which would restrict the administration of botulinum toxin to persons 18 years of age or younger for cosmetic purposes, except in cases where use of botulinum toxin injection is deemed, by the physician, to be medically necessary.

“We want the Board of Medical Examiners to regulate Botox injection,” she said at the Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee, where the bill passed, 10-0.

“At that age, you have no facial lines,” Tucker said. “For someone to submit their young children to Botox injections, without any medical reasons, I think is very wrong.”

In 2009, according to the bill, the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) reported a 47.8 percent increase in teen Botox use from 2008, from 8,194 injections to 12,110.

According to the bill: “Injection with botulinum toxin is designed to smooth facial lines that occur with advancing age; however, botulinum toxin is a lethal protein that can cause botulism, a life-threatening condition. As teens are far less likely to benefit from having this cosmetic procedure performed, the unnecessary medical risks associated with the use of botulinum toxin by teens for cosmetic purposes far outweigh the benefit.”

Chairman Herb Conaway (D-7), of Delanco, said, “This botox (use) is not without complication which can be deadly,” of which only 4 kilograms “could wipe out the world’s entire population.”

  Tucker bill would target botox treatments for minors