According to The New Paper, more teenagers here, between the ages of 15 to 18 years, are getting plastic surgery.
One teenager who received plastic surgery was as young as 12 years.
Jane (not her real name) received a rhinoplasty and liposuction of her abdomen after being teased in school and suffering from low self-esteem as a result. Although she was only 12 years, Jane was over-developed for her age, and had a physique akin to that of 17-year-old. Jane perceived herself as being unattractive and her parents were “very supportive” over her wish to go under the knife.
“Her outcome was highly positive, with a significant improvement in her self-esteem,” her surgeon, Dr Martin Huang told The New Paper. Dr Huang added that Jane’s parents were “happy when her self-esteem improved”.
Another plastic surgeon, Dr Leo Kah Woon, noted that social media has fuelled the demand for plastic surgery as “more people are increasingly critical of their own looks because selfies and photo postings on Facebook and Instangram are prevalent”. Hence, according to Dr Leo, there is “immense pressure to look ‘perfect’ all the time”.
According to Dr JJ Chua, teenagers are not shy about discussing plastic surgery while parents too are becoming more receptive and surgery. Dr Chua shared an anecdote with The New Paper about a teen who when going for breast augmentation chose a particular breast size, but her parents thought it was not big enough and pushed for a bigger size.
The bible, however, tells us that each individual, regardless of how he or she looks, is “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). Society, through the media, tries to brainwash us into thinking that there is only one standard for beauty, and threatens us to fit into that square peg, or face rejection and being unloved. What foolishness! “You should clothe yourselves instead with the beauty that comes from within, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 3:4a; NLT).