The Sunday Times: Megan Barton-Hanson, Love Island and the rise in cosmetic surgery for the young

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Once, all it took to look polished was a blow-dry, a leg wax and maybe — if you felt enthusiastic — a fake tan. But now, in an age of extreme beauty, it seems some millennials pursuing perfection will stop at nothing short of full-body mutilation.

The evidence put forward last week was a contestant on the reality TV series Love Island. It has been claimed that Megan Barton-Hanson, 24, could have spent up to £40,000 on cosmetic surgery “enhancements”.

According to Dr Julian De Silva, a leading facial cosmetic surgeon, who did not treat Barton-Hanson, the pneumatic blonde looks to have undergone procedures including Botox, rhinoplasty, chin reshaping, fillers, cheek implants, dental veneers and breast and lip augmentation.

It’s ironic that, among a generation that claims to celebrate diversity and embrace natural beauty, cosmetic surgery is growing in popularity. It seems social media movements such as #nomakeupselfie haven’t led young people to accept how they look so much as make them more aware of it.

According to research by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, 56% of surgeons surveyed last year reported an increase in clients under the age of 30; and 55% of practitioners saw patients who wanted surgery to help them look better in selfies (compared with just 13% in 2016).


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