By GalTime Teen Expert, Barbara Greenberg, Ph.D.
Ali Lohan, Lindsay Lohan's 17-year-old younger sister, is currently displaying a very different facial appearance. Both her mother and publicist deny that she has gone under the knife despite the startlingly changed appearance.
Plastic surgeons, who have not worked with her, suggest that she may have had rhinoplasty, a chin implant, and perhaps even cheek implants to give her face a leaner and more chiseled look. (See before and after pictures here)
Her mother even went on TV to attempt to dispel these rumors and attributed the changes to growth and weight loss. Ali's representative, Steve Honig, said that her chiseled look is "typical of what happens to kids in their mid-late teens." Really, Steve? Not in my neck of the woods and I see quite a lot of teens on a daily basis who have not been equally blessed.
My gut leads me to presume that Ali's new look is not entirely natural and to a discussion about teen plastic surgery.
Some facts about teen plastic surgery:
1. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, in 2009, approximately 210,000 cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were done on teenagers aged 13-19.
2. Teens tend to have surgery so that they can be less self-conscious. Large nose-no problem-we'll crack it, shave it, and you'll fit in. Small breasts- no problem -- we'll cut you open, insert breast enhancers, and voila-you can rock any bathing suit that you want!
3. These procedures are rapidly becoming sought after as high school graduation gifts. Remember when it was a joy to receive a pair of earrings rather than a new set of breasts?
4. Many of the teens who have undergone these procedures report improved self-esteem and return for more work.
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5. Plastic surgeons report that it is common practice for teens to bring a photo of their favorite teen celebrity to their appointments with the hope of getting that same look.
My guess is that Ali Lohan will be inspirational to lots of teens.
My question to you is what you think about the plastic surgery trends among teens and your feelings about the parents who support these procedures.
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