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"THE PRICE OF VANITY FOR KIDS"

"THE PRICE OF VANITY FOR KIDS"

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Should teens undergo cosmetic surgery? [Read more]
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SEPTEMBER 2011
By Linda Hepler, BSN, RN
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hese days it seems that evenwhen you’re young, you’renot young enough. Just thispast spring, Good Morning America viewers across the nationwatched in jaw-dropping horror asthe mom o an 8-year-old girl activein the child pageant circuit describedinjecting her daughter with Botoxshe purchased on the Internet. Whenasked why she was getting thepainul shots to her cheeks, lips andorehead, the child said, “I don’t thinkwrinkles are nice. It hurts. But I getused to it.”While this is clearly an extremecase, more and more children,primarily teens, are getting suchcosmetic procedures, rom Botoxto breast augmentation. In act, the American Society o Plastic Surgeons(ASPS) estimates that more than218,000 cosmetic procedures,both minimally-invasive as well assurgical, were perormed on childrenages 13-19 in 2010 – compared toapproximately 14,000 in 1996.What gives? “Teens are so muchmore aware o their looks thesedays,” says Steven Pearlman, MD, aboard-certied acial plastic surgeonbased in New York. “This is a unctiono the media emphasis placed onbeauty.”
COMPLEX PREVENTION
Cosmetic procedures may preventcomplexes, but i you’re thinking thatthis is "shallow and ridiculous" andthat kids should just put up with ahook nose or lop ears and learn that“it’s how you look on the inside thatcounts” – just as we did – you may
BODY BASICS
TOP 5 TEEN PROCEDURES IN 2010
According to the American Society o Plastic Surgeons, (ASPS), the top ve cosmeticprocedures perormed on teens ages 13-19 in 2010 were:1.
 
Laser hair removal
– 66,664 teens underwent laser hair removal, which involves theuse o laser energy to heat and infame the hair ollicle. This causes the ollicle to stopproducing hair or a period o time.2.
Nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) 
– 35,005 kids went under the knie or a nose job, asurgery that can enhance the appearance and proportion o the nose in relation to theace. A rhinoplasty can also correct structural deormities that may impair breathing.3.
Laser treatment o leg veins
– 20,991 adolescents had laser treatment o unsightlyleg veins. In this procedure, laser energy heats the veins, causing them to seal o andeventually dissolve.4.
Laser skin resuracing
– was done on 19,466 teens. Laser skin resuracing helpsdamaged skin (in teens, oten acne scars) by heating the damaged cells and vaporizingthem, exposing the smoother skin underneath.5.
Breast reduction in males
– 13,530 young men had breast reduction or a conditioncalled gynecomastia, a swelling o the breast tissue in boys. While this is a commonproblem in puberty due to hormonal changes, and oten goes away on its own, some-times only surgery can correct the situation.
THE PRICEOF VANITY 
SHOULD TEENS UNDERGOCOSMETIC SURGERY?
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