Cosmetics for the College Classroom
It is no surprise to hear that there is a growing trend in America for the new generation (yes, that´s post-Millennial) of College attending students to celebrate their transition from adolescence to adulthood by enhancing more than just their internal knowledge and curriculums.
Both in America and across Europe, Cosmetic Surgeons are reporting a growth in younger clients; mostly women who are seeking pre-college enhancements during the summer recess, so that they will have more time to recover from any potential pitfalls in the recovery process and also to a certain degree, be able to keep their procedures under-wraps. Although, going by this current demographic, the healing process and bandaging of some of the harder and more invasive treatments is looked upon as a ´status-symbol.´
For the insecure youth who may have to face University peers with what he/she perceives as physical imperfections and (may have been teased about them all their adolescent lives), the opportunity to use Cosmetic Surgery to correct or eradicate such imperfections is completely understandable. This can also highlight a new social boundary as well; the difference between suffering more indignities and reaching a new level of self confidence as they enter into new and more vulnerable social and professional walks of life.
Not surprisingly, one of the most popular surgical procedures for both young men and women above the age of 16 is Rhinoplasty. Potentially younger patients are legally not allowed to undergo such invasive procedures (not just for cosmetic reasons), but also because in terms of biological formation. The physical development of facial features is still continuing into the early adulthood and any invasive interference with the biological development of the physical structure of the face could have serious implications, even after surgeries.
Officially sponsored College students are the most likely to be believed in seeking to eliminate surgical interventions in a quest for ´social media´ perfection, with many now believing that a perfect curriculum should also demand a perfect face. Why settle to being plain old Mr or Miss X when you can have the nose of a Kardashian or the jaw-line of a Chris Pine? One thing is for certain, where America leads in terms of trends, Europe and England surely follows – so this is one trend we can expect to see saved on iPads all across the campuses. As Cosmetic Surgeons, we need to decide where should the ethical boundaries lie when considering whether to undertake such procedures on young, impressionable people.