A new study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics says that young children as early as nine years old are being targeted by the developers of games and apps for plastic surgery and makeovers. The council who called for the study says that these types of games and apps could be encouraging girls to set unrealistic beauty standards that when not met, could drive them to take drastic measures such as cosmetic surgery once into adulthood.
The report blames an unregulated system for part of the problems that exist. According to the study, even though regulations exist for getting tattoos and using tanning beds, there are no regulations that state a patient must be over 18 to get “walk-in” cosmetic procedures such as Botox.
Botox Becoming More Popular Both in America and the UK for Millennials
One of the youngest generations currently at the focus of cosmetic procedures are the millennials. Statistically, more twenty and thirty-year-olds are coming in for dermal fillers and injections like Botox than ever before. While it’s possible games and apps could play a small role in this trend, the millennials themselves say otherwise according to Dr. Ken Collins, DDS, cosmetic dentist in Spokane, Washington.
“In the past dermal fillers and injections were thought to be for older women,” he said. “While they are highly successful and most popular among that age range, younger women have seen the benefits of using Botox early to help prevent wrinkles.”
The logic behind using Botox to prevent wrinkles and aging makes sense to many. By preventing the skin from being able to wrinkle with the use of these muscle paralyzing agents, the skin stays smooth and soft and isn’t overworked or abused. Thus, even after the effects of the Botox wears off, the skin hasn’t had any of the usual movement, folding and wrinkling of normal everyday use.
Selfies, Shares and Unrealistic Filters Could Be Playing a Role
Another reason Botox is likely up among millennials is likely social media, said Collins.
“Now adults, millennials grew up with social media literally at their fingertips 24/7,” he said. “They have access into the private lives and beauty regimes of some of the wealthiest and most elite individuals in the world. They have every tool at their disposal to correct any imperfection they desire.”
Collins said it shouldn’t be looked at in such a negative way because face lifts and other more invasive procedures are trending downward in response. Botox and other dermal fillers are an easy and safe way to improve one’s appearance he said. The FDA agrees as they have placed their seal of approval on Botox injections for cosmetic use for years.
At the end of the day, each generation will go their own way and make their own decisions. Only time will tell which way that is.
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