Last week, supermodel and undisputed “It Girl” Bella Hadid revealed that she underwent rhinoplasty at age 14—a move that she now regrets.
And it’s not uncommon for teens to get cosmetic procedures. According to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, nearly 230,000 cosmetic surgeries were performed on teens ages 13-19 in 2017, and some as young as 15 are even documenting their plastic surgeries on social media.
According to Dr. Steven Pearlman, a board-certified facial plastic surgeon, it’s legal to perform plastic surgery on anyone under 18—as long a parent or legal guardian consents. However, some experts caution it can be “damaging” and “concerning” for teens who are under 18 to get cosmetic procedures while their bodies are still developing.
What do you think? Does this speak to a larger issue at play, like this USA Today article suggests? Please share your thoughts in the Comments.