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Report: Young adults turning to plastic surgery earlier than ever

July 12, 2019 - 4:00 am

KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. 

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Posting selfies on social media is far more than a craze; it's a part of daily life for many teenagers and young adults.

But now, there is a report that teens and young adults are turning to plastic surgeons earlier than ever in an effort to seek out a face lift, new nose or breast implants. 

According to a report from Johns Hopkins University, plastic surgeons, more than eve, need to screen people for why they want surgery. 

In many cases, surgery is not a good option and there are deeper issues that need to be addressed, and plastic surgeons need to serve as so called "guardians at the door" to present other options. 

Over 650 billion selfies are taken everyday and the surgeons are alarmed by the spike in surgical requests. 

Certainly there are situations where surgery is necessary, but this is a growing issue.