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The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery publishes statistics every year indicating which cosmetic operations are on the rise. A journalist at the OC Register asked a group of plastic surgeons why this might be. Being that I am opinionated (why do you think I blog here,) I figured I’d take a shot at some of these:
I. Statistic: TEENS – Nosejobs and Otoplasty (commonly referred to as “ear pinning”) on the rise
Dr D: Part of the development of the teen psyche involves becoming aware of social norms. As they do this, they also become aware of differences and develop standards of beauty. Many of these teen nose jobs are justified as medically-needed, but appearance usually factors in. Otoplasty is a similarly social operation.
II. Statistic: YOUNG ADULTS – Breast implants. Ages 19-34. 166,000 a year. (ASAPS)
Dr D: “Beauty standards” are important motivators here as well. Young adults in the workplace (and social groups) see those around them doing these things and often being complimented. Some of these patients may also be seeking after childbirth “body repair.”
III. Statistic: EARLY MIDDLE AGE – Liposuction. Ages 35-50. 143,000 a year. (ASAPS)
Dr D: A slowing metabolism in this age group combined with more involved work schedules (with increased sedentary time) equals increased trouble “holding back the fat.” Liposuction is easy and can help with that. Add some post-pregnancy issues here as well.
IV. Statistic: YOUNG ADULTS – Botox. Ages 19-34. 371,000 a year. (ASAPS)
Dr D: The fad of Botox use in the really young is an advertising phenomenon as there is no good reason for young people to do this other than to “feel” hip.
My opinions of course.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2011-07-04 07:30:33.
…South Wales Premier Morris Iemma says he is concerned about the level of plastic surgery among teenage girls. He says a recent Queensland report claims teenagers are using long-term credit arrangements to pay for breast implants and nose jobs. He says children are bombarded daily with airbrushed images and TV shows that promote plastic surgery. The Premier has called for a debate on the issue and for self-regulation in the plastic surgery industry, including parental consent, a cooling-off period and counselling.
I simply don’t operate without parents involvement in people under the age of legal consent. That solves the problem.
John Di Saia MD
Originally posted 2006-09-04 13:34:00.
Teen watchers of reality shows that focus on surgery and appearance are more likely to go under the knife themselves, a psychologist has found.
Charlotte Markey, an associate professor of psychology at Rutgers University-Camden surveyed 200 young men and women and found that female viewers of reality shows, such as MTV’s I Want a Famous Face, E’s Dr. 90210 and Oxygen’s Addicted to Beauty were more inclined to consider cosmetic procedures than those who didn’t tune in, according to research published in the academic journal Body Image.
Reality television celebrates extremes, so while it is not alarming to me that these viewers might be inclined towards plastic surgery, what they might consider as surgical goals might be concerning.
The Holy Grail of successful plastic surgery is and has always been the development of realistic expectations. Are plastic surgery themed-reality show viewers realistic? They likely vary.
The assessment of any potential cosmetic surgery patient requires (in my opinion) the expertise of a properly educated plastic surgeon willing to say “No” when the requested operation seems high risk. In our current economic climate, these are becoming more rare.
When plastic surgeons become Burger King “Have it your way” gag it and bag it grill cooks, we all suffer.
John Di Saia MD
Reader Laura’s Comment:
I have to admit that this story made me mad. This crazy woman in England is injecting her 16 year old daughter with Botox. At 16 her daughter is already worrying about having wrinkles and claims that she already had some wrinkles before the Botox. Her mother is giving her the same Botox that she uses but is giving her half the injection she gives herself. This seems wrong to me on so many levels. What are your thoughts?
The mother here is a woman who is referred to as the “Human Barbie” having had record amounts of cosmetic work. With the source of the severely premature worry about looks being known, I am not surprised. I do not have patients like this in my practice, but then again I am conservative.
There is not any data to support the use of Botox in the very young to prevent the development of wrinkles. There is also little data on the safety of Botox use in such a young patient. I do not know of any doctors who might recommend this, but the mother is a aesthetician and is treating the young girl herself.
John Di Saia MD