A study conducted by Insites Consulting found that about 88 percent of U.S. girls ages 15 to 25 would change something about their bodies if it was easy to do. Less than 10 percent of young girls said they were satisfied with everything about their bodies. Nearly three quarters of boys surveyed in that same age group said they would like to change something about their bodies — stomachs, chest, muscles, mouths and cheeks — if they could.
However, only 15 percent of teens across the country said they would consider plastic surgery to change whatever it is they deem unflattering. What may come as a surprise, that number is lower than the average of 16 countries included in the study, in which 23 percent of girls and 15 percent of boys said they have considered plastic surgery.
“The current generation of youth is often referred to by scientists as the most narcissistic group ever,” said Joeri Van den Bergh, Generation Y expert at Insites Consulting. “Therefore it is not surprising that looking good is so important. But this definitely is not only valid for youngsters and is a scientific fact. Just think of the increased importance of product packaging design, or of the increased care given to interior design.”
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons 2011 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report shows that the least number of cosmetic procedures, 230,617, were performed on youth ages 13-19 last year, with the most common procedures being nose reshaping, male breast reduction, ear reshaping, laser hair removal, laser treatment of leg veins and laser skin resurfacing.