Generation Diva—the wave of the future?

SarahM81 on 7 Apr 2009 at 10:08am

An article in the current issue (4/6) of Newsweek by Jessica Bennett discusses the increasingly young age at which girls are now starting to get into beauty products, and how this could potentially result in increasing interest in plastic surgery and/or other cosmetic treatments in their future. The most common cosmetic procedure for this age group today is laser hair removal, and according to the article, it’s safe to assume that additional treatments will be a given down the road.

The topic is an interesting one to say the least—are girls striving for perfection younger and younger, and what does this cost them in the long run—both financially and emotionally? There are aspects of the article that are a bit eye-opening (4th graders getting $50 haircuts, 43% of 6- to 9-year-olds are already using lipstick or lip gloss, 81% of 10-year-olds are afraid of getting fat), but as the author notes, young girls have always put on their mom’s make-up. She believes, however, that today’s generation has taken this to a whole new level. Why? Many girls are being introduced to treatments by their mothers and by the media.

Newsweek did a great examination of the most common beauty trends, and discovered that at the rate many 10-year-olds are headed, by the time they are 50, they will have spent almost $450k on beauty products and treatments. Check out the breakdown from Newsweek below:Newsweek Beauty Breakdown - teens and plastic surgery
For more details on what this money goes to specifically, you can check out the full report on the most common beauty trends.

Is this today’s reality? Just because a little girl likes her lip gloss today, can we just assume that when she’s older she will pay to get her lips plumped or Botox injections through her adult life? Is there a minimum age that certain treatments should require regardless of parental consent?

Regardless of the treatment, we always encourage patients – and parent, if warranted – to do research on RealSelf.com (such as asking the board certified doctors for free tips) in advance to get important details from former patients and doctors.

Update:  New video interviewing the Generation Diva author, reporter Jessica Bennett