Teen Cosmetic Procedures Rise 30 Percent: ’Plastic Surgery for Barbie’ – What is it Teaching Our Kids?


There were more than 76,000 cosmetic surgery procedures performed on teens in 2011—recent findings that show cosmetic procedures have risen 30 percent over the last decade among teen bullying victims (1).  While surgical procedures are most common among teens, many of them are also seeking laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, dermabrasions and even Botox injections (2).

A mobile app featured on iTunes and Google Play encourages children as young as nine years of age to make girls “slim and beautiful” by performing plastic surgery on them.

The free software, “Plastic Surgery for Barbie,” puts the user in the role of a liposuction doctor who “operates” on an overweight character, before pulling off bandages to reveal a much thinner and “more beautiful” girl (3).

Dr. Cynthia Elliott, cosmetic-medicine physician of Tampa Bay-based aesthetic-medicine facility Skinspirations, says adolescents fail to understand that their bodies are still maturing, and the results they desire may occur naturally as they grow. Because they’re also still growing emotionally, the appearance goal they have now may be entirely different from what they hope to look like a year or two from now.

Young bodies are still growing it is unclear how a procedure will affect their future development. Serious health consequences can include slow and painful recoveries, bacterial infections and possible scarring. Though teens may believe a new look will increase their self-esteem or popularity; unrealistic expectations can set them up for major disappointment if those expectations aren’t met.

Cynthia Elliott, M.D., is the board-certified owner of Skinspirations, located in Clearwater, Florida. Dr. Elliott currently serves as an expert witness in Cosmetic Medicine for the Florida Board of Medicine.  Her company, ExpertEsthetics, provides online video training in advanced injection techniques, as well as hands-on technique training for other practitioners.  Dr. Elliott has been in practice for over 20 years, and has the experience and reputation to have been chosen by the makers of Botox® Cosmetic and Juvederm to train other physicians and practitioners in her techniques.

Have a beautiful and successful week!


SOURCE:  Dr. Cynthia Elliott

  1. Hoist, Nate.  “More Teens Undergoing Cosmetic Surgery.”  Wmtw.com.  N.p., 15 Nov. 2013.  Web.  25 Feb. 2014.  wmtw.com/news/more-teens-having-cosmetic-surgery/22984778.
  2. Collins, Lois.  “Teens Turn to Plastic Surgery; Experts Tackle the When and Why.”  Deseretnews.com.  N.p., 12 Mar. 2014.  Web.  25 Feb. 2014.  deseretnews.com/article/865575486/Teens-turn-to-plastic-surgery-experts-tackle-the-when-and-why.html?pg=all.
  3. Boyle, Sian.  “Free ‘plastic Surgery’ App Aimed at Children as Young as Nine Sparks Online Campaign to Get It Removed from ITunes and Google Play.”  Standard.co.uk.  14 Jan. 2014.  Web.  25 Feb. 2014.  standard.co.uk/news/techandgadgets/free-plastic-surgery-app-aimed-at-children-as-young-as-nine-sparks-online-campaign-to-get-it-removed-from-itunes-and-google-play-9059356.html.












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