More than 200,000 teens had plastic surgery last year, and social media had a lot to do with it

More than 200,000 teens had plastic surgery last year, and social media had a lot to do with it
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“As the saying goes, ‘Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should,’ — this reflects the current dilemma presented to plastic surgeons. The demand for plastic surgery in adolescents has increased dramatically, despite the controversy over performing plastic surgery procedures in this population.”

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) has issued guidelines authored by doctors Rod J. Rohrich & Min-Jeong Cho. The report notes:

“The average millennial takes over 25,000 selfies in his or her lifetime, which is astronomical and one of the major reasons for the self-esteem issues in this age group. Moreover, the standard selfies have exaggerated lower facial features such as nasal or lip or chin problems, leading to increased interest in this age group for cosmetic medicine and cosmetic surgery.”

New York City plastic surgeon, Stafford Broumand, knows what it’s like to deal with young people who want to look more like those they follow on social media:

“These kids don’t realize those people have been filtered, and morphed and Photoshopped. That is part of the education and discussion process that we go through before anything is done. We are trying to look out for them for their lifetimes and not just for the moment.”

Click HERE for more details on the ASPS recommendations

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