One third of youths in Singapore approve of Plastic Surgery

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One third of youths in Singapore today (2014) approve of plastic surgery, so says a survey published in the August edition of the Singapore Medical Journal.

Plastic surgery has been increasingly popular with the younger generation in the West, but limited research on this topic has been done in the Asian context. In this regard, a team of doctors set out to find out more about this in Singapore, with about 1400 junior college and medical students aged 16 – 21 years participating in the survey.

Only 1 per cent said they have had cosmetic procedures done, mainly to the face, but the team led by Dr Ng Jia Hui of Singapore General Hospital implied that the figure could be higher, saying: “A major limitation of the present study is its dependence on honest responses.”

Although more than a third approved of youth going for cosmetic treatments, almost two in three said they would be embarrassed if people who are not family or close friends found out that they had done so.

52 per cent of the junior college participants and 36 per cent of medical students thought that procedures are harmless.

The team said: “It is even more alarming that a large number of JC students who claimed to be aware of the risks associated with cosmetic procedures listed three risks which were incorrect.”

They said this was a matter of concern as self-perceived knowledge plays “a central role in influencing the choices of potential cosmetic patients”.

Among the respondents, the top three body parts they wished to alter were the nose, eyes and skin. In addition, 11 per cent of junior college students said they were keen on body contouring of areas such as the thighs, skin and abdomen.

Singapore Association of Plastic Surgeons president Karen Sng said plastic surgeons should discourage young patients, as every surgery carries risk.

“In general, I would not recommend cosmetic treatment for the young,” she said.

She said she would only agree if they are in their late teens and have the consent of a parent who is fully aware of the risks involved.


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