Concern over number of teens undergoing plastic surgery

An increasing number of youngsters in the US are having cosmetic surgery procedures, according to industry figures. New York-based plastic surgeon, Dr Frederick N Lukash, said almost 300,000 teenagers underwent cosmetic surgery procedures in 2008, and the practice is becoming more widespread. Dr Lukash said a decision on whether surgery is appropriate depends on factors such as the reasons involved and an understanding of the potential risks. Speaking to Florida's Sun Sentinel news website, psychotherapist Fran Sherman said she was concerned about the trend. She said: "Plastic surgery for teens is becoming mainstream, and it's scary. Do I believe plastic surgery is a bad thing? No. But 16-year-olds don't need breast enhancement surgery." Research conducted by the Good Surgeon Guide at the end of last year found that one in 10 parents would be willing to pay for a child aged between 16 and 18 to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure such as breast surgery, in a bid to boost their confidence and self-esteem.