We're seeing a rise in the number of teens getting cosmetic surgery as a reaction to external stressors like bullying and social media.
Cosmetic surgery centers have seen a rise in teens seeking cosmetic surgical solutions. For some, it's somewhat aspirational, looking to try and improve what they see as a shortcoming or achieve a specific aesthetic. For others there are darker reasions like bullying.
In a study by Lee et al. (2017), bullying is one of the main factors in teenagers getting cosmetic surgeries. The researchers found that bullied teens can have long-lasting trauma that lead to a desire to change their appearance.
One example: Ear surgery is consistently...