Several years ago, Kylie Jenner admitted that she wasn’t just augmenting her lips with liner and lipstick and that she had undergone temporary lip fillers. She also revealed a long-term insecurity about her lips, which prompted her decision to have the treatment.
Since then, plastic surgery among teens has become more popular than ever, with many young women and men electing both surgical and non-invasive procedures.
So, why are more teens turning to plastic surgery? Here’s what you need to know.
Plastic surgery is on the rise among teens and younger patients. In fact, nearly 230,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on individuals 13-19 years old in 2017. Of these treatments, lip augmentation, breast lift, and liposuction were the most popular.
In a selfie-obsessed culture, many teens are turning to plastic surgery to alter their appearance to resemble images they see online and to improve their social media status in terms of likes, followers, and comments.
Accordingly, some patients are even live streaming, photographing, or recording their plastic surgery procedures to share the experience with their friends and followers and gain attention.
However, there are also young men and women that seek plastic surgery to increase their self-confidence. In these cases, it’s often to correct a problem, such a large, misshapen, or protruding ears, that has been bothersome for a while and resulted in teasing or self-consciousness.
When carefully researched and performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon, cosmetic procedures can help address issues that may be affecting individuals academically, socially, or emotionally and improve their self-esteem.
Nevertheless, some teens may not consider the possibility of complications and infections. These individuals could also be at increased risk for developing body dysmorphia or a poor self-image. That’s why it’s essential that teens and their parents do their homework and seek guidance from a skilled and experienced surgeon.
If you are considering teen plastic surgery, please call our office to schedule a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Sheilah Lynch and determine if and when it may be right for you.