Teen Botox

This lesson focuses on the obsession of staying young, and introduces teen Botox, the latest cosmetic trend. We will discuss whether or not physical appearance is related to success.

Pre-Reading Questions

  1. Do you ever worry about getting wrinkles and starting to look older?
  2. How do many movie stars and other famous celebrities keep their youthful appearances?
  3. Are cosmetic surgeries and other cosmetic treatments to maintain youthful looks common in your country?
  4. Have you ever heard of Botox injections to get rid of wrinkles?
  5. How much do you think a Botox injection costs and how long do you think it lasts?

Vocabulary Preview

  • injection: putting something into the skin with a needle
  • trend:  style which others follow
  • emerge: appear
  • wrinkles: lines in the skin that show aging
  • paralyze: cause a loss of feeling or movement in the body
  • prevent: stop something from happening
  • cosmetic: treatment or substance used to beautify the skin
  • effective: able to bring about a good result
  • view: opinion
  • convince: make someone think or believe or do something
  • obsession: overly preoccupied with; thinking about too much
  • contribute: give help, money, ideas, etc.

Practice these new vocabulary words here: Teen Botox

Teen Botox

  1. In 2005, nearly three million American women and men had Botox injections to help them look younger. Since 2000, though, a new trend has been emerging: the use of Botox by teenagers just out of high school.
  2. Botox is a chemical substance that is injected into a person’s face to smooth facial wrinkles. It works by paralyzing the muscles that cause wrinkles to form. Botox injections usually cost about $300 and last about four months.
  3. Botox can be used to treat serious medical conditions, but most people only know about its ability to prevent wrinkles. The government approved its cosmetic use about 10 years ago, and doctors think it is safe and effective.
  4. Teenagers who decide to use Botox have accepted society’s view that only the young and those who look young are beautiful. Magazines and movies have convinced them and many others that they must look young and beautiful to succeed in the world. They also see their mothers, their older sisters, and even their fathers using Botox as a way to stay younger looking.
  5. These teenagers think that Botox will help them look young for a longer time. They save their money from part-time jobs or ask their parents for money to pay for the injections, which can add up to over $1,000 a year.
  6. Other people believe that society’s obsession with youth is not good for anyone. They believe that too many of today’s teenagers think more about how they look than about how they can contribute to society. They also worry that using Botox will soon be as common as getting a haircut or going shopping.
  7. As long as society views staying young as the highest form of self-improvement, more and more young people will turn to Botox to keep looking young.

Post Reading Questions

  1. Besides Botox injections, list several other types of cosmetic treatments or surgeries that are common today. Do you know anyone who has had such a treatment? Was she/he happy with the results?
  2. Do you think teenagers today are too obsessed with physical appearance?
  3. Do you think that movies and the media (T.V., magazines, etc.) put too much emphasis on beauty and youthful appearance? Explain your answer.
  4. All forms of surgery carry some degree of risk. Do you think that children under the age of 18 should be allowed to have any form of cosmetic surgery?
  5. For years, women have been using dyes to cover grey hair and change hair color. Do you think that this action is any different from using Botox injections?
  6. Have you ever heard the expression, “to grow old gracefully”? What do you think it means?

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