Nationwide research by www.GoodSurgeonGuide.co.uk has found that more than two in five 13 to 16 year old girls are already considering a cosmetic procedure or aesthetic treatment of some kind, despite the fact the children dont fully develop until they are around 18. The Good Surgeon Guide asked 1,012 female teens their thoughts on surgery.
When asked the multi-answer question What concerns are making you want to have surgery?, 62% of the female teens who wanted surgery said they wanted bigger breasts, whilst 55% wanted to change their teeth and 49% wanted to have surgery for weight loss. 1 in 3 said that they wanted to change the appearance of their nose.
Of all the respondents who were considering changing their appearance, the main reason was self-confidence, with 1 in 3 claiming that it would make them feel much better about themselves if they could alter their looks.
25% said that bullying had a lot to do with it and they would change their appearance because they were picked on at school over their image. 11% were prepared to have surgery because their celebrity role model had also had something done. Of those teenagers who did want surgery or an aesthetic treatment nearly half, 49%, would get it done now and 7% have already had a procedure.
Speaking about these findings, Christiana Clogg, co-founder of GoodSurgeonGuide.co.uk commented;
The number of teens that want cosmetic surgery is very alarming and it saddens me to see that a lot feel bullied into considering a procedure. I think this is an issue that definitely needs addressing and is something young people need to learn more about. If parents find themselves in situations where their children want surgery and they decide to support them, it is vital that the correct research is carried out to ensure teenagers dont become victims of bad surgeons.
She continued, There are certainly procedures that young people are allowed, such as mole removal and cosmetic dentistry, but however small the procedure, we encourage everyone to do the relevant research on our site to ensure maximum safety.
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Notes to editors
goodsurgeonguide.co.uk was launched in September 2009 and is the first website of its kind; users can visit the website to read or provide reviews and recommendations of cosmetic surgeons, cosmetic dentists, clinics and aesthetic treatment providers.
The Good Surgeon Guide should be the first port of call for anyone considering a cosmetic treatment or procedure, as it offers inside knowledge from people who have already had surgery and this is key in helping others make an informed choice about where to go and who to turn to for their procedure.