Teen-age girls are paying plastic surgeons for breast implants, reports the Washington Post.
For decades, plastic surgery for teenage girls meant one thing — a nose job, frequently performed during the summer between high school and college. While rhinoplasty remains the most common cosmetic operation for teenagers, doctors are performing an increasing number of procedures such as breast implants, liposuction and tummy tucks on young women like (Nicole) Casto and even girls as young as 14.
The enormous popularity of reality TV shows such as “Extreme Makeover,” “The Swan” and MTV’s “I Want a Famous Face,” as well as an explosion of Web sites that extol the virtues of cosmetic medicine, has fueled the desire of adolescent girls to alter their bodies permanently, and they are finding more surgeons willing to oblige them. Breast implants and liposuction are now bestowed by parents as graduation or birthday gifts. Some doctors say they have performed breast augmentations on baby-boomer mothers and their teenage daughters.
The lead example is a 19-year-old single mother who works as a waitress. Wouldn’t you think she’d have better uses for the money?
I did a lot of research on the safety of breast implants when it was a hot issue. Basically, there’s no evidence that implants cause autoimmune disease or any other disease, as once feared; the surgery may leave uncomfortable or painful scar tissue.
Skin is no longer in, say the trend-spotters. Not even for teens and twentysomethings.
Miniskirts, skimpy tops and those embarrassing, thong-baring jeans are on the way out. They are being replaced by high-waist pants, long-sleeve tunics and knee-grazing skirts.
The latest fashion watchword is modesty.
. . . In a single season, fashion has flipped from cheesy to cutesy.
There’s some backlash involved, but it’s mostly that fashionistas need to keep changing styles so shoppers feel the need to buy new clothes.