Plastic Surgery for Toddlers?

In this day and age, women aren't the only ones who are lining up for plastic surgery.
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Plastic Surgery for Toddlers?

Extreme Makeover: The Toddler Edition

-Julie Ryan Evans

A mom walks into the office of a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon for a plastic surgery consultation … for her 3-year-old daughter. They discuss giving her Botox, breast implants – “anything bigger than a C would probably be inappropriate at her age” – and a nose similar to Gwyneth Paltrow‘s. You read that right – the girl is 3.


You’ve got to be kidding me, was my first reaction. And yes, actually they are. It’s a joke – a Bruno-style spoof created by – that’s pretty funny on the surface, but also really sad. Sad because the first time many people see it – myself included – they actually stop to question if it actually could be real. Sad because in our celebrity-saturated, image-obsessed world, it’s not really that far of a jump.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) more than 333,000 patients under 18 had cosmetic procedures performed in 2005 including breast augmentation, nose jobs and liposuction. How young some of these patients are isn’t reported, but it’s probably safe to say that like everything else these days it’s happening younger and younger.

A recent piece in The Washington Post points out a trend among tweens and teens -some as young as 9 – that want their parents to hire image consultants because high school can be traumatic if you don’t dress right and look right.

Moms buy their teenage daughters Botox for birthdays. Girls as young as 11 and 12 get bikini waxes. And 5-year-olds are stepping out for spa days.

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  1. While I agree that forcing or goading your teen into plastic surgery if he/she doesn’t want it is wrong, if they DO want it, I think it’s something to consider. For me, having plastic surgery wasn’t about celebrity obsession, so much as fixing something that always bothered me and was a sore spot on my self-esteem. I waited until my mid-twenties to do it, but I really wish that I would have had the surgery as a teen!

  2. i agree with mk_ultra, there are exceptions where having plastic surgery as a teen does make sense both for self esteem and medical issues. I think it has to be the individuals choice and would be gross if a parent was making her child get something done.

  3. don’t forget though, that every time you look in the mirror or make a off hand remark about yourself not looking the way you want, you’re setting an example for your child to feel that way. When you say “oh I wish I had blonde hair” when it’s graying and your child is brunette, the kid can internalize that. It’s sick to imagine young children enduring these things but what are you doing when you’re buying your daughters these outfits that are extremely unacceptable…department stores are selling thongs for younger and younger girls! That is unacceptable and sickening!

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