Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Teens and Botox

According to this report, more than 87,000 American teens had invasive cosmetic surgery performed in 2007. This includes nearly 5,000 liposuctions for 13-19 year-olds and over 10,000 breast implants for 18-19 year-olds. About 11,000 teens had Botox performed.

I am assuming that a large percentage of these surgeries were for health issues and/or legitimate cosmetic reconstruction (i.e. if a teen suffers severe facial burns, plastic surgery and facial reconstruction makes perfect sense). While the percentage of surgeries done on teens has dropped from last year according to the report, it is still a somewhat alarming number. How many teens legitimately need liposuction, breast implants, or Botox? How much of this has to do with unhealthy self-image or a quick-fix mentality? What is the parent's mindset when they allow or pay for cosmetic surgery for their child?

What are your thoughts? Is cosmetic surgery for teens legitimate or irresponsible? How could/should the church respond?

1 comment:

  1. I personally think it's irresponsible. I would never permit my teenager daughter to go on a breast implant or botox. They are too young for that. Perhaps when they have a work of their own already or are already matured enough to decide for themselves, then maybe I can allow them.