Deccan Chronicle, Sunday, 09/05/2009, Hyderabad
FROM LYING ABOUT THEIR AGE TO TAKING UP JOBS TO EARN MONEY, TEENAGERS IN THE CITY ARE WILLING TO GO TO ANY LENGTH TO GET COSMETIC SURGERIES DONE.
Being a teenager in an age where perfection is worshiped is no mean task. Your nose doesn’t look like Aishwarya Rai’s, your smile isn’t as bright as Katrina Kaif’s and you have pimples on your face instead of Deepika Padukone’sdimples! in a trend that’s worrying city docs and parents alike, teenagers as young as 14, with access to information and pocket money, are now walking into cosmetic clinics to get “correction jobs” done to snag a perfect look.
plastic surgeons confess that nothing prepared them for the influx of youngsters swamping their clinics demanding various surgical procedures, ranging from liposuction, breast implants, Rhinoplasty (nose job) to laser hair removal.
Dr Debraj Shome, Facial Plastic Surgeon, says he is often approached by children in their early teens. “They want Aishwarya’s nose, Deepika’s dimple… the list goes on. rhinoplasty is unadvisable on children below the age of 18.”
Doctors discourage teens from going under the knife, but often have to deal with a few who lie about their age. Dr Rinky Kapoor, dermatologist, was approached by a girl who claimed to be 18 for a laser treatment. It was only after her third sitting, that the doctor discovered she was just 16 and her parents were unaware of the laser treatment she was undergoing.
Plastic Surgeon, Dr Y.V. Rao, receives two teen patients a month asking for surgical procedures. “For some, corrective surgery is a boon. But teens should wait till they are older, as they are still developing.”