Lots of our kids will grow up to one day have cosmetic surgery – and that’s not a bad thing. The fact that they have the option to choose cosmetic surgery to make them look and feel the way they want to should be celebrated, because it’s a lot more freedom than humans have had in the past.
However, cosmetic surgery is a sensitive topic around kids. We don’t want to bring our kids up to feel insecure about themselves, and so while they might realise that mummy’s had a tummy tuck, we need to make sure that they don’t feel that they need a tummy tuck too – because they’re just kids!
A recent report in one British tabloid suggested that in the US, over 24,000 teenagers undergo cosmetic surgery in a year. That’s a little high! The problem is that these teens are still growing into their bodies, and realising what they do and don’t like about themselves; if they’re anything like I was as a teen, they’re also probably much more concerned by what other people think than what they themselves think!
At Secret Surgery, we can’t stress enough how much we think surgery is about how you feel about yourself. And this is where the problem lies in children and teens being interested in cosmetic surgery – they’re still learning their own minds. The cosmetic surgery industry has a difficult task ahead: to rid itself of the stigma that cosmetic surgery is bad, at the same time as convincing kids and parents that it’s only for grown-ups!