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Peer pressure compels teens, women for cosmetic surgery.

ISLAMABAD -- The demand for cosmetic surgeries is so high in all over the country that the business is thriving and surgeons are getting inquiries not just from metros but from small cities as well.

This blooming trend, especially among 13: to 19-year-olds, is so common in 21st century that one noted reconstructive and cosmetic specialist says plastic surgery for teens "is becoming mainstream."

Dr Ikram Ullah khan, practitioner at Cosmetic Laser skin Care told that people are going for cosmetic surgery not just to improve their looks, but also to help enhance their self esteem. "Many teenagers as well as women inquire about cosmetic surgery and out of them most want a nose job, liposuction or scar removal treatments. The trend has increased over the past few years because of peer pressure and also an inherent desire to look good," senior cosmetic surgeon at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery Islamabad told.

Citing the reason behind this trend cosmetic surgeon said: "It is in their teen years that young boys and girls start noticing themselves and the process of comparison among the peer group starts. It is hard to find teens who are completely content with their faces and physique." "Recent statistics indicate a rise in the overall number of cosmetic surgeries. While the proportion of teenagers (those 18 and younger) opting for cosmetic surgery reportedly remains low, there has been an increase in inquiries from teens about 20-30 per month and actual procedures done is one-three per month," Surgeon explained.

"Today's teens are far more familiar with cosmetic surgery than any previous generation. They have money, exposure and want to stand out from the crowd," she added. Sometimes cosmetic surgery is not just for vanity, but a necessity. But teenage plastic surgery has to be on the right individual for the right reason. Also one should understand the fact that the end result might not live up to expectations.

Leading psychiatrist believes that teenagers who opt for cosmetic surgery want to look "cool" and "trendy". "The teenage years is a time when an individual is struggling to make an identity for himself or herself. One of the biggest needs at this time is to belong. One wants to be approved of, especially by peers.

This makes them want to do whatever is considered cool or trendy," Amtul's beauty salon owner told. "Looking good is the quickest way to get approval from people. Hence, it is not just the desire to look good that makes them take drastic steps, but what the good looks might get them," she added. The cost of the surgery varies. For a nose job, it is around Rs.50,000: 80,000; for scar removal it's Rs.15,000-30,000 and for liposuction it is Rs.50,000-Rs.80,000.
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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jul 4, 2012
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