It has recently been reported in the United States on Fox 13 that there is a trend towards teenagers undergoing plastic surgical procedures with the blessing of their parents so as to avoid bullying.
We will all be aware of the difficulties of cyber bullying and the power of social media in terms of establishing a young person’s personal self-esteem.
There does seem to be a trend with a Florida surgeon, Dr Jennifer Walden, stating she has seen a 30% rise in teenage plastic surgery over the last 10 years.
Certainly the trend towards patients undergoing procedures at a younger age increases in Australia, though at this stage any child under the age of 18 it is recommended do not undergo any elective cosmetic surgical procedure without the consent of their parents.
Dr Jeremy Hunt