Is It The Kardashian Effect Causing A Plastic Surgery Increase Amongst Millennials?

Amy Feinstein - Author

Nov. 11 2016, Updated 9:37 a.m. ET

Plastic surgery amongst millennials is on the rise, and some are blaming this on the “Kardashian Effect,” which is not trying to look like yourself, but better, or refreshed, but the attempt to morph into a whole different person, even if you are twenty. From nose jobs to fillers, plastic surgery is having a surge among the younger generation.

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Khloe Kardashian and half sister Kylie Jenner are just two of the examples of Kardashians who look nothing like they used to five years ago, and flaunt their morphed images on social media like Instagram, according to previous reports by the Inquisitr. Khloe Kardashian with fillers like Juvederm and Botox has changed her look so extensively, perhaps in response to speculation that she does not share a father with her Kardashian siblings after her mother Kris claims she had an affair around the time that Khloe was conceived. Photos of Khloe before surgery, and Kris Jenner’s ex hair dresser Alex Roldan were published side by side, and they share similar features.

While more and more millennials are using fillers, Botox and mini-lifts to alter their facial appearances, in Los Angeles, casting agents are puzzled at how few people look like their head shots, says The Hollywood Reporter.

While plastic surgery in Hollywood was at one time a joke, the radical changes have become a bit scary. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons says that young women, many under the age of 21, are getting filler and paralytics, rendering their faces frozen. These procedures, which were previously found mostly in the over 35 age group, have jumped 40 percent in the 20 to 29 age group over the past six years.


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Dr. Jessica Wu, a Westside dermatologist, says younger women are using fillers and Botox as maintenance.

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“It used to be that you didn’t start getting Botox until you turned 35. A lot of younger women who are used to getting their nails done and their lashes tinted, it is almost like the natural extension.”

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Celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Gabriel Chiu says this is the Kardashian effect, or millennials seeing certain people who capture every aspect of their life on Instagram. Many people are asking to totally erase lines on their face that are only achieved by the use of special filters and editing software.

“It’s social media, pop culture and the Kardashians — or the Jenners. When they bring in certain pictures, I have to tell them that I can’t do that because it’s Photoshop.”

Casting director Carrie Audino says that rather than looking fresh and young, people just look odd, and often, older.

“It completely takes away from their innocence. They think they have an edge because it’s supposed to make them look younger, but it just looks strange.”

Kylie Jenner in particular, not yet twenty, has experienced a social media backlash for extreme filler usage, that has caused her to look like someone else. Carrie Audino has said that she has spoken to agents or managers of actresses with extreme filler usage.

“If I think it’s extreme, I often will mention it to her agent or manager and say, ‘Whatever she’s doing to her face, she needs to stop.'”

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But this hasn’t stopped the use of plastic surgery procedures in younger and younger people. Dr. Debra Johnson said procedures can be done legally on patients under 18 who have the go-ahead from a parent. Lip enhancement is up in the 13-19 demographic, and Dr. Chiu says that mothers are anticipating using filler and Botox in kids even younger, who are getting lines from squinting at their cell phones.

“And they are only 12!”

But Khloe Kardashian has related plastic surgery to make-up, as it’s easy to make a change. Khloe Kardashian has had a variety of changes that have left her nearly unrecognizable.

Do you think plastic surgeons should use filler and Botox in people under 18?

[Featured Image by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images]


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