29 September 2010

Research by the Good Surgeon Guide has shown that up to 1 in 10 parents would be willing to pay for their teenage children, aged 16-18, to undergo cosmetic surgery in the hopes that cosmetic treatments would help to boost their child's self esteem and confidence. The cosmetic surgery site surveyed 1,132 parents and found that 8 per cent would be willing to fund their child's cosmetic surgery with 18 per cent prepared to pay for liposuction and a further 24 per cent willing to pay for a gastric band operation. More than 49 per cent of parents agreed that their child's lack of confidence would motivate them to fund their cosmetic surgery, with 22 per cent of parents hoping that undergoing surgery would stop their teens from being bullied about their appearance. Christina Clogg of the noted that whilst a surprising number of parents would consider paying for their teen's cosmetic or non-surgical treatments, most parents have admitted that they would thoroughly research both the clinic and procedure before allowing their child to continue. 66 per cent of parents were prepared to undertake intensive research, 48 per cent of whom would turn to the internet, before giving their teens the go-ahead to undergo cosmetic surgery. "I was, however, happy to discover that two thirds of the parents would conduct research before allowing their teenager to go under the knife," Clogg said, and continued "I am such a strong believer that research is the most important part of the process. "If a parent is prepared to pay for cosmetic surgery, they should do all they can to ensure that their child is in safe hands." Whilst ethical clinics tend to only operate on adults who are 18 years of age or older, an alarming 13 per cent of parents admitted that they would consider taking teens aged 16-18 abroad for surgery.