Thankfully my daughter’s recent facial injury has healed, leaving only a slight scar that should continue to fade over time. I was quite concerned that we would find ourselves considering cosmetic surgery — a procedure that could either be beneficial since she’s so young, or a decision that should be left for her to make as she got older.
“Minor Adjustments: Kids and Cosmetic Surgery,” airing on Nick News with Linda Ellerbee this Sunday night, tells the tale of the 30 billion dollar cosmetic surgery industry’s increase in younger clientele going under the knife not for medical reasons, but instead to improve their looks.
The half-hour special will showcase the stories of kids who have chosen various cosmetic procedures, including 18-year old Brooke who was the youngest liposuction patient in the country at age 12. She has since had a tummy tuck, lap band surgery, and breast implants. “The new American cosmetic surgery patient is a kid,” said Linda Ellerbee. “It’s become an increasingly popular Christmas, graduation or Sweet Sixteen gift. This issue is complicated, and saying what is right and what is wrong is tricky in a world filled with more gray than black and white.”
I am concerned at how addictive cosmetic surgeries tend to be — and how kids are still growing into their looks, even well into their twenties. I can imagine in extreme cases how life-changing cosmetic surgery can be, but what about the kids that could stand to have a little patience as they mature and develop, not to mention the possible repercussions and maintenance cosmetic procedures could involve later in life?
“Minor Adjustments: Kids and Cosmetic Surgery” premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon and will be on iTunes as a free podcast October 24, and Nick.com on October 25.
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