Likes and followers are the name of the game when it comes to relevancy amongst today’s teens and young adults.
With your likes and following being highly dependent on your physical appearance the pressure is on for everyone to always look their best. Celebrities are known for getting plastic surgery enhancements to improve their looks. However, now the game has changed as younger celebs begin to go under the knife to alter the face forever.
Reality TV star Kylie Jenner is one young celeb who is criticized for altering her physical appearance through a variety of cosmetic procedures. Many are placing Kylie, and Instagram, at the forefront of the blame for a recent surge in teenagers undergoing cosmetic altering procedures.
For regular, non-famous people who don’t live in the public eye, Instagram can be stressful enough already. Not only do your friends’ lives seem more fun, but their skin looks smoother, their waists slimmer.
According to The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 18,000 teens ages 13-19 got a form of Botox in 2013. There seems to be ever more pressure for young people to look perfect.
Are our public standards of beauty so new? Getting nipped and tucked certainly isn’t. Younger women altering themselves isn’t exactly novel, either.
What’s new, though, is how common it is.
The 2014 Annual American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Survey blamed “the rise of the selfie,” and there may be something to that.
We’re taking more pictures of ourselves and each other than ever before and our exhibitionist lives are leading to a pressure for beauty that is starting at an ever younger age. We use Photoshop, Instagram filters and other enhancements to project our best looks to the world. Plastic surgery doesn’t seem so crazy as the next step anymore.
We’re perfecting our best angle in every picture we snap and changing ourselves to improve on it. One of the most visible examples of this is Kylie Jenner who, at the age of 16, went from an awkward but still very pretty teenager to an unrecognizable bombshell. Though she only admits to having her lips plumped, speculation is that her butt, breasts and nose have all been done as well.
Kylie addressed her changed lips during an episode of her family’s hit show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” In it, she said she had always felt insecure about her looks and so she had fillers put in to boost her lips.