Going plastic to feel fantastic

Going plastic to feel fantastic

She's only 12 years old but this Singaporean girl has had a nose job and liposuction done.

All paid for by her parents.

Jane (not her real name) may be the youngest to do this here but plastic surgeons tell The New Paper on Sunday that more teenagers aged between 15 and 18 are opting for plastic surgery.

Recently, photos of 15-year-old Chinese girl Li Enxi, who had gone for a full-body plastic surgery makeover, went viral. 

Netizens raged about how much older she looks after going under the knife.

Jane, on the other hand, looked too mature and was physically over-developed for her age, like a curvy and busty 17-year-old. At about 165cm and 65kg, she towered over her classmates.

Perceived as being unattractive, she was teased in school and that hurt her self-esteem.

Plastic surgeon Martin Huang, who performed the operation about five years ago, recalls: "She had grown unusually faster than her peers.

"We live in a world where being slim is valued. She felt that there was too much fat around the tummy area and that she had a flat nose."

Dr Huang, who practises at The Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, says it was "clear that the patient herself genuinely wanted to undergo the procedures to improve her physical appearance" after careful consideration and several discussions.

"Her parents were very supportive. They sympathised with her because she lacked self-esteem and she was very conscious of her looks."

LIPOSUCTION

Jane, who comes from a middle-class family and lives in a condominium, underwent a rhinoplasty and liposuction of her abdomen, after she had completed her Primary School Leaving Examination.

She did the operations, which cost about $15,000, under general anaesthesia. It took her about two weeks to recover.

"Her outcome was highly positive, with a significant improvement in her self-esteem," says Dr Huang, who also notes that Jane's parents were "happy when her self-esteem improved".

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