There has been a disturbing trend over the years of teens asking for body altering surgeries. These teens are striving to be perfect… to have the “perfect” body. They want to perfect something with which they are not happy.
For years, teens have had Rhinoplasty surgery (“Nose Job”) to fix the nose shape and the occasional Chin Augmentation (Chin Implants), but now teens are looking for liposuction, breast enhancements, and many other major plastic surgery procedures. What is even more disturbing about teens wanting these surgeries, is that parents are supporting it. Teenagers are not mentally mature enough to make such a drastic choice that will completely alter their bodies. To have plastic surgery means to change yourself — basically forever. They are taking something they do not like about themselves and changing it for good.
There are times when minor cosmetic procedures may be necessary for a teenager, but I think the majority of the world would agree that breast enlargement would not be one of them. These teenagers want fuller lips, bigger breasts, narrow hips and flat tummies. They are wanting it by means of surgery instead of working to achieve these goals.
Media hype also makes a major impression on these girls who are striving to be perfect. Models are portrayed to be beautiful on the covers of magazines. They supposedly have the perfect features, the perfect body and so on. What most people do not realize is that most photos are touched up through digital means. Imperfections are gone with a few clicks of a mouse. Have you ever noticed the pictures of actors and actresses when they are caught living their normal day to day life? You sometimes wonder how they made it into show business, since its all supposed to be about beauty. They are normal every day people that have the money to pay someone to make sure they look perfect when they are before a camera and in the spotlight. In fact, some actors and actresses look downright scary without all the glitz and glamour.
Teens are just not mentally capable yet to fully understand the concept of plastic surgery. There have been no authentic studies conducted as to safety of breast implants for teenage girls. Not to mention that there are risks associated with breast implants that may lead to a teenager not being able to breastfeed later in life.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2006 Cosmetic Surgery Age Distribution, 244,124 procedures were done on teens between the ages of 13 and 19. You can view the report here: 2006 Cosmetic Surgery Age Distribution to see the exact numbers and what procedures were done.