DIY Cosmetic Surgery Trends in Asia Cause for Concern
Recent reports have revealed shocking details about a “do it yourself” plastic surgery trend that is becoming increasingly popular in Asia. Unable to afford legitimate cosmetic plastic surgery procedures, individuals in South Korea, China, and Japan are now using at-home methods that can inflict serious pain and injuries. At the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles, expert facelift surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh warns against the dangers of these at-home devices that increase the risk of irreversible damage.
Why Would Someone Choose a DIY Cosmetic Surgery?
South Korea has the highest rate of plastic surgery in the world. There is a lot of societal pressure to undergo plastic surgery in order to advance in status and become successful. In South Korean culture, certain features such as a pointed nose, round eyes, and a slim jaw line are the standards of beauty. Teenagers at a younger and younger age want to obtain these characteristics, but do not have the money to seek out treatments, such as an asian eyelid surgery, from a professional cosmetic surgeon.
Instead, they turn to gadgets and devices that they believe will help change their faces and increase their beauty. There are glasses that are designed to force the eyes to stay open, a roller device that claims to shape the jaw, and a gadget that applies pressure to the nose to raise the bridge. While use of these illegitimate tools can cause facial damage that is typically reversible, the potential for serious damage is real and inconsistent with the best practices of a facelift surgeon in Los Angeles.
The Dangers of DIY Cosmetic Surgery
The problem with teenagers using these unapproved and unsafe treatment methods is that they are trying to alter facial features that have not fully matured. For example, the nose typically has reached its adult size in females by age 15 or 16, and it typically reaches its adult size in males by age 16 or 17. These teenagers do not understand the risks that come with undergoing cosmetic procedures at home with devices that have not been proven to be safe or effective.
Also, even if teenagers undergo professional cosmetic surgery, they still need to be thoroughly informed about the risks involved and the surgeon needs to assess their maturity, as well as whether or not they are a good candidate for the procedure. During personal consultations, a surgeon needs to evaluate a patient’s motives and goals, and especially in the case of younger patients, make sure familial pressures aren’t influencing the teenager’s decision to have surgery.
There are many amazing cosmetic plastic surgery procedures that can produce stunning results for patients, but only if they are performed by a certified medical professional who has years of experience. It is important that patients in Los Angeles do their research before undergoing any cosmetic procedure and consult with an expert facelift surgeon.
Schedule a Consultation With an Expert Facelift Surgeon in Los Angeles Today!
At the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles, Dr. Azizzadeh encourages all patients who wish to undergo cosmetic procedures or plastic surgery to seek out a well-trained and qualified medical professional. Call us today 310.461.0303 to make an appointment with leading facelift surgeon Dr. Azizzadeh to achieve the safest results that are natural and beautiful.