The influence of social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram has contributed to a surge in cosmetic surgeries among young people. These platforms are filled with videos showcasing various cosmetic procedures, ranging from rhinoplasties to “Barbie Botox,” all in an effort to perfect their “selfie face.” The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) has reported a significant increase in demand for facial plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures in recent years, with 75% of facial plastic surgeons noting a rise in younger patients seeking injections and cosmetic procedures.
However, experts have expressed concerns regarding both the mental health and self-esteem implications, as well as the physical dangers associated with certain surgeries. Brazilian butt lifts (BBLs), for example, are known to be harmful and potentially fatal. Despite these risks, the popularity of BBLs has continued to grow.
To address these concerns, it is important for younger patients to ensure that procedures are performed licensed medical professionals using FDA-approved substances. Dr. Anthony Youn, a prominent plastic surgeon on TikTok, has become known for raising awareness about unnecessary and dangerous procedures for young patients. He emphasizes the risks associated with procedures such as lip lifts, liposuction, BBLs, and breast implants, urging young people to approach plastic surgery with caution.
Dr. Catherine Chang, another plastic surgeon influencer on TikTok, explains in detail why BBLs are the most dangerous procedure. Despite the risks, the popularity of cosmetic surgeries is unlikely to decline anytime soon, as the “selfie face” trend continues to influence younger generations.
Ultimately, the message from experts is clear: if young people are determined to undergo cosmetic procedures, finding a qualified surgeon is crucial. AAFPRS CEO Steve Jurich emphasizes the importance of selecting a surgeon who is specifically trained and experienced in the desired procedure, and board-certified in the field. Prioritizing safety and proper medical expertise can help mitigate the potential risks associated with cosmetic surgeries.
– American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS)
– Dr. Anthony Youn (plastic surgeon influencer on TikTok)
– Dr. Catherine Chang (plastic surgeon influencer on TikTok)