How Young is Too Young for Plastic Surgery?

You may not be surprised if someone you know is considering cosmetic surgery.

However, what if that person is a teenager?

It turns out, more and more teens are going under the knife in search of perfect faces and bodies.

Dreams of being a model led 18-year-old Rita Demetriou to go under the knife. She received bigger breasts, a smaller butt, stomach, thighs and a new nose.

"I would look at magazines, especially like the Playboy models, and I would see how pretty they are and everything and I want to be like that," explains Rita.

Rita is not alone in her quest for a model body.

"I want to be in like the fashion industry and music industry, and looks matter a lot," says Kyla Broderick, who also received plastic surgery at a young age.

Kyla believes her nose job and breast implants have given her more confidence.

However, Dr. Leonard Hochstein says there is a risk of disappointment.

"What raises a red flag is somebody who believes that this is going to change their life," explains Dr. Hochstein.

Teens may also fix one part of their body and then fixate on another part.

"They can start to experience a body dysmorphic disorder where they start focusing on other slight idiosyncrasies, wanting more surgery,” claims Psychologist Dr. Patricia Clark.

Physical risks include scarring, implant rupturing, trouble breastfeeding and inaccurate mammograms.

However, some say the risks are worth it.

"I love myself. I think, you know, I have my self esteem boost," says Rita.

The bill however, is not so pretty. Kyla spent over $5000 and Rita’s plastic surgery totaled $11,000.

Teens who are depressed, self critical or have a distorted view of what they really look like, often think surgery will solve their problems, but experts say a therapist might be a better bet.


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