Cosmetic Surgery: Does Social Media Pressure Young Girls to Get Botox and Fillers?

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On March 26, 2015, Vogue Magazine UK posted a report online that details the social pressures that prompt young women to undergo aesthetic medical treatments. Dr. Simon Ourian of Epione Medical Corporation comments on the report and offers his opinion on how young is too young for cosmetic surgery.

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On March 26, 2015, Vogue Magazine UK, in an article titled “Would You Go Down the Silicone Slope?” provides a look into the trend of young women undergoing Botox, dermal filler, and laser treatments. The article suggests that celebrity endorsements (Beyoncé is cited as an example) and reality TV stars such as Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner are the drivers behind this trend. Instagram and other social media are increasingly seen as significant influences on the self-esteem of teenagers. (see:

“I don’t think there’s a specific age at which it’s okay to start cosmetic surgery. If a patient has an aesthetic issue, then I believe it may be appropriate to treat them," says Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione Beverly Hills. “I evaluate and treat each patient on a case by case basis.”

According to the Vogue Magazine UK report, people are now more concerned with how they appear on social media photos than in real life. The author of the article posits that teenagers are particularly prone to the pressures of social media to look a certain way and that Photoshop-like phone apps make it seem easy and painless to alter one’s appearance. Reality TV shows desensitize viewers to the serious nature of medical procedures such as dermal fillers, Botox, and lasers.

“It’s hard to believe how little governmental supervision there is in the U.K. over non-surgical treatments,” says Dr. Ourian. “The idea that someone with no medical training can perform these treatments is frightening and appalling.”

Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer in laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including UltraShape, VelaShape, Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse, Sculptra, and CoolSculpting. These treatments are used for the correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, skin discoloration, wrinkles, unwanted fat, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, and others. More information about plastic surgery can be found on Epione’s website.

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