With so many adults now a days using cosmetic surgery to change themselves, teens are now looking to use cosmetic surgery as well. This is a huge societal problem.
This is what many doctors and medical professionals are now seeing in many of the cosmetic surgery clinics and botox offices. Teenagers, some as young as 13 years old, are already have procedures done to remove and reduce facial lines and and wrinkles. By 2009 there were 12,000 botox injections completed on children that were between the ages of 13 and 19.
Botox has advantages when it comes to the cost of the procedure. Botox is around £200 for the injections, compared to 1,000′s of pounds for plastic surgery treatments.
One reason there has been an increase in plastic surgery and botox injections in teens may be due to prominent figures that are in media, as well as older actors and actresses that are having these treatments done. Many of these people opt for these procedures to be able to compete with their younger counter parts for movie roles and TV spots.
Recently, The Today Show featured an episode on teenage plastic surgery. During the show arguments posed that plastic surgery is nothing more than receiving braces or having similar procedures done. Orthodontists do not question whether peer pressure is determining the need for braces. However, plastic surgery is different and peer pressure can become too much for a teen. They end up only seeing their nose, ears or breasts and that can lower their self esteem according to surgeons and teens.
There are plastic surgeons that opt to send potential patients to therapy first, before undertaking a procedure. This can give a teenager the chance to talk about why they want the procedure done in the first place. One such reason has been to look like a certain actor or actress. A therapy session can also allow the doctor to determine the teenagers maturity in making the decision to have plastic surgery completed in the first place. Cases where a large breasted girl has problems in sports and backaches from her large breasts, may have a legitimate reason for the surgery. While, some doctors who see patients under 15 that want to enlarge their breasts they will turn away for the surgery.