The 21st century, for the first time of cosmetic surgery history, is a century marked by a huge number of teenagers going under the knife, with the support of their parents. Cosmetic surgery is now more than a trend, it gradually becomes a style of our life, the knifestyle.
Reactions and opinions on plastic surgery have changed, people are more positive towards surgical procedures. Celebrities and entertainment are more open, the time when plastic surgery was a concealed feature of society was a distant memory. As far as we know, affordability is the key that attracts more teenagers to go under the knife. New devices and equipments added push the business keep growing ahead; also, medical innovations result in the improvement of technology for a certain procedures that have been around for ages like eyelid face, nose job, tummy tuck and more. Plastic surgery, itself, has changed to become more affordable and available.
Whether you believe it or not, the numbers always reflects the reality, even it can be ugly, sometimes. According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, more than 200,000 teeanagers are seeking plastic surgery and they are between the age of 13 and 19. Even though the average age of people undergoing plastic surgery is lower, as around 18 to 34, it is undeniable that more and more youngers are seduced by the magic of plastic surgery. Meanwhile in Korea, the so-called center of cosmetic surgery, middle and high school students confessed that at least one or two of their classmates (or even more) committed to surgical procedures.
It goes without saying that the impact of media culture is the biggest factor that heightens pressure of being beautiful. Instagram and other social networks are blooming with body images and photoshopped advertisements. Teenagers easily feel dissatisfied with their bodies while interacting with image online and they can't stop comparing themselves to others. As a result, teens are seeking plastic surgery to look much better in selfies on Instagram or Snapchat or just to be as pretty as people they followed on these social networks.
Since teenagers are still growing physically and mentally, their self-esteem and their organs are not fully developed yet, so undergoing any surgical procedures comes potentially along with higher risk. Many surgical procedures involves cutting bones like corrective jaw surgery, which can badly affect to the growth of bone structure. Therefore, teenagers should think twice and get professional consultation before heading out of the door.