According to the results of a new study by the UK’s GoodSurgeonGuide.co.uk, more than two in five girls between the ages of 13 and 16 are considering cosmetic procedures or some type of aesthetic treatment to improve their appearance.
The Good Surgeon Guide surveyed over 1,000 female teens throughout the country about their thoughts on surgery, asking them what major concerns they have about their bodies, what they would most like to change about their appearance, and the main reason why they would go under the knife.
Survey results show that the main reason why girls would consider getting breast implants, weight loss surgery or rhinoplasty would be to increase self-confidence. One in three girls reported that they would feel better about themselves if they could just fix something about their appearance. Others reported that they were influenced by the media and celebrities, or they wanted to change their appearance because they were picked on in school.
The founder of the Good Surgeon Guide commented on the results, indicating that, ““The number of teens that want cosmetic surgery is very alarming and it saddens me to see that a lot feel bullied into considering a procedure. I think this is an issue that definitely needs addressing and is something young people need to learn more about….there are certainly procedures that young people are allowed, such as mole removal and cosmetic dentistry, but however small the procedure, we encourage everyone to do the relevant research…”
Teens in the United Kingdom and the United States are not legally allowed to have plastic or cosmetic surgery without their parent or guardian’s consent, but the numbers of teen surgeries are on the rise as more parents are open to the idea of their child having surgery. Popular procedures for teens in the United States include breast augmentation, ear pinning surgery and rhinoplasty.