In this new world of selfies, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and more, our looks are becoming even more important than ever before. Reality shows show young girls with long glossy locks, full make-up, tanned skin and perfect looks. This can lead to young teenagers feeling like they have to look a certain way in order to fit in. Cyber bullying is also incredibly destructive to the victim and can lead to depression and even suicide. Twenty or thirty years ago cosmetic surgery was something that was hardly ever discussed. It would be rare for us to actually know someone who had cosmetic surgery and you would not see it on TV or in movies very often.
Today everyone seems to know someone that has had some cosmetic work, or Botox. Treatments such as breast enlargement, nose jobs and liposuction are extremely common as is less invasive treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers. Cosmetic dentistry is also becoming much more popular, with treatments such as veneers and whitening proving extremely popular. There is a range of private dentists that not only offer cosmetic dental treatments, but also even facial treatments like at Harley Street Orthodontic centre. They offer facial treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers to banish lines and wrinkles as well as sagging skin. Whilst as adults it is up to us to decide if we want any cosmetic treatment, is it right for teenagers, even those that are legal adults at 18 to have procedures?
Whilst many of us have learnt to live with our flaws, there is a vast amount of pressure on teenagers of today to look a certain way. A large nose is easily fixed, small boobs? Well, why not have a boob job? But does having surgery at such a young age affect their health adversely? Are there any mental health implications?
There are always stories in the press where people have become addicted to cosmetic surgery and messed up their looks and bodies as well as those where the procedure has gone wrong. Many cosmetic procedures involve surgery, which is a dangerous and very serious treatment, which at worst can cause death. As adults it is important that we make sure that the young people we have in our lives know that they are beautiful just as they are. If they are unhappy with certain parts of their bodies there are simple solutions such as exercise, a new haircut and make-up application that can make the world of difference. Instilling self-confidence and self-belief at a young age can stop your teenager from feeling unhappy with themselves and more importantly, having surgery, which could affect their health.
Using social media makes it very difficult to control what our teenagers see and read. They need to be aware that looks are not the most important thing in life, and that they should not make it the sole priority in life. Having friends, interests, passions and hobbies as well as an education are vital in the battle with ‘selfie sticks’ and ‘trout pouts’.