Women Consider Plastic Surgery as Early as Age 10

Princess 19 on 27 Sep 2011 at 1:00pm

A recent UK survey says a shocking percentage of women first consider cosmetic surgery as young as 10-years-old.  This clearly could correlate to the rise in teen surgery if it is any indication of how early a young woman actually thinks about having something done. 

The research was done in February 2011 and conducted by One Poll for British plastic surgery practice Liberate Cosmetic Surgery.  Out of 3000 British women surveyed (ages 18-30), 25% answered they first thought of having work done between the ages of 10-15.  One-third or 33% of the women answered 15-18-years-old.   

"There is no doubt that more and more younger people are considering cosmetic surgery and breast augmentation still remains the number 1 procedure," said Dr. Paul Banwell, a consultant plastic surgeon at Liberate.

"However, the statistics regarding the age at which women are first considering surgery is quite shocking," he added.

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We've talked about the issue of kids having plastic surgery.  But for the most part, these kids were driven by the exposure of an adult that freely spoke about plastic surgery or openly approved of utilizing cosmetic surgery for future self-improvement.  Or in some cases, the teen experienced childhood obesity.  But, kids actually thinking about wanting something on their own?  This was new to hear.

A more recent survey in the UK discussed how 72% of women in their 20's would like plastic surgery.  Of those 1,000 women surveyed, 35% believed that receiving cosmetic enhancements would boost their confidence. 

In another related survey, conducted in the US by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 47.4% of last year's implants for girls 18 and under were "Purely cosmetic bilateral breast augmentation."  More and more girls under the age of 18 are taking the jump and getting augmented in their teens - some as graduation gifts or 16th birthday presents.  Could these girls possibly have thought about this in say, the 4th grade?  According to the One Poll/Liberate Cosmetic survey, it's shockingly possible.

As stated in Modern Medicine, the objective of the survey was to discover how younger women feel about their appearance and to determine their attitudes toward - and knowledge about - cosmetic surgery.

The results could easily be translated to the growing trend in America.  What do you think caused this younger shift in thinking for girls?  The glorified child with an adult life a la Hannah Montana?  Victoria's Secret?  Kiddie pageants?

Clearly, gone are the days when girls wanted to be Marsha Brady or Sabrina the Teenage Witch....

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