Body image is something teenage girls often take seriously—and even more often, too seriously. Too many times, girls starve themselves thin or get dangerous cosmetic surgery to look how they think they’re supposed to. A lot of this idea of body image comes from celebrity culture, so it’s no surprise that one star, Amanda Seyfried, is standing up to discourage young women from these dangerous habits.
On Twitter, the Ted 2 star kept it short and sweet, writing, “When is plastic surgery going to be outlawed for teenagers?” Unfortunately, it’s a very valid question; according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, close to 64,000 people between the ages of 13 and 19 got cosmetic surgery in 2014, and the as-of-yet untallied number for 2015 is expected to be even higher. Experts believe the increase of young people going under the knife can be attributed to reality TV stars and social media, both of which promote cosmetic surgery as nothing but positive.
When is plastic surgery going to be outlawed for teenagers?
— Amanda Seyfried (@AmandaSeyfried) January 8, 2016
However, the negatives far outweigh the positives. For instance, breast enhancements can cause neck, back, and shoulder problems (though reductions are more acceptable), and rhinoplasty (nose alternation) may require further work later in life. While many plastic surgeons refuse to perform these procedures on teens, many still find someone who will agree to it.
The first teen that comes to mind when talking about plastic surgery is Kylie Jenner, who, at 18 years old, has sparked a ton of rumors about altering her body. While Amanda Seyfried probably didn’t intend to make that connection, we can’t help but wonder if that’s who she was thinking about as well.
Many fans shared Amanda Seyfried’s sentiments and offered possible explanations as to why plastic surgery is not illegal for patients below a certain age. Answers included, “When we have decent doctors, decent politicians, decent artist, decent cops, decent teachers, decent parents [sic],” “When they start casting realistic looking human beings (no offense) in hollywood movies [sic],” “Not soon enough sadly…,” and, “I ask myself this everyday [sic].”
Well, despite not getting a clear answer and the fact that outlawing unnecessary plastic surgery for minors is likely a ways off, good for Amanda Seyfried for asking the right questions!
Photo (Kylie Jenner): Instagram/kyliejenner