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Too young for Botox

(NBC) - With a pinch and a poke, years of age lines miraculously disappear with the use of Botox. But what if you don't have any age lines to begin with?

"A lot of people in their 20s are looking to keep from growing old," Dr. Raul Rodriguez, a cosmetic surgeon, said.

According to a study by Time magazine, of the thousands of people who searched the term "plastic surgery" in 2008, 25 percent were ages 18 to 24.

Shannon McKelvey admits it's something she's thought about.

"You know, it's just always in the back of your mind, even if you don't really notice it," she said.

She came to Rejuvenex Medical for a consultation and learned she could use a little botox around her eyes.

Rodriguez says when someone with as few wrinkles as McKelvey comes in, a little goes a long way.

"We can actually do a little bit less at less cost when people start coming in their 20s," Rodriguez said.

The idea is to stop the wrinkles before they start. While there's no data to support that claim, some doctors say it makes sense. A growing number of young women agree.

"Just if it's something you can use that is not going to harm you, but it's gonna actually make you feel better, then I think it's great," McKelvey said.

Rodriguez says he does have to turn some young women away because they have unrealistic expectations.

In those cases, he usually suggests sun protection and moisturizer.

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