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California Mother Gives Botox to Eight-Year-Old Daughter

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Botox injections and leg waxing on an eight-year-old girl, all in the name of beauty pageant success, all done by her own mom.

It sounds too unreal to be true, but it's not.

Kerry, who asked that her family's last name not be used, told ABC News that it was actually her daughter, Britney, who wanted to try Botox, a beauty treatment more normally requested by aging women than growing girls.

"We were getting into the pageants," Kerry recalled.  "I knew she was complaining about her face, having wrinkles, and things like that.  When I brought it up to Britney she was all for it."

So Kerry, a San Francisco, California-based part-time aesthetician and no stranger to Botox herself, having done the treatment on her own face, began injecting her daughter with the anti-wrinkle solution.

Kerry typically administers the Botox to Britney through a total of five shots, in three different locations on her face.

But can Botox really make a difference on a young girl who has not even had time in her life to develop the "worry" lines or age creases Botox is typically sought out to erase?

"The few times that we did it, it would lessen the lines," said Kerry.  "They wouldn't completely disappear, she's a kid.  And we don't do so much to where it's going to make a big difference."

But it's enough of a difference for Kerry and Britney to continue on with the treatments, despite the pain.

"It hurts sometimes," said Britney.  "It makes me nervous.  But I get used to it."

While Britney thinks about the physical pain, critics in the medical community contend that administering Botox this early raises another type of more lasting pain: the potential for permanent psychological damage.

Kerry, however, argues that her daughter is a normal eight-year-old, not fazed emotionally, or physically, by the cosmetic procedure.

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