Cosmetic Surgery Keeps Growing Amongst US Youth

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Undergoing cosmetic surgery, whether big or small procedures, has become as commonplace as taking out the garbage or brushing your hair. It seems the younger set has caught on, and they want a boost too. Cosmetic surgery is on the rise amongst young people in the United States.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2010, 76,841 13-19 year olds endured cosmetic surgeries and 142,068 opted for minimally invasive procedures. The top surgeries were nose reshaping, breast reduction in men, ear surgery, breast augmentation and liposuction. For minimally invasive procedures, most opted for laser hair removal, laser treatment of leg veins, laser skin resurfacing, Botox or microdermabrasion.

Clinical psychologist Dr. Xyna Bell thinks it’s because youth are looking for acceptance—the logic is if you look a certain way, you’ll fit in, whether it’s with one procedure or several. For some, a few thousand dollars of their parents’ money and a couple days of recovery is the better alternative to nurturing their souls. “They’re continuing because they think there has to be some procedure that will make them feel beautiful, versus doing the internal work,” said Dr. Bell.

There are plenty of arguable causes for the phenomenon, but only one thing is really for sure: the statistics for youth undergoing cosmetic procedures are steadily growing, despite risks and costs.

SOURCE: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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