“I’ll never forget how shocked I was when I discovered the age of a certain patient of mine. She was nine,” a plastic surgeon tells Shukan Shincho. That was eight years ago. Since then, the weekly finds, cosmetic surgery for elementary school children has become commonplace.
We are told what 90% of them are after: folded eyelids, to make their eyes look bigger and their faces more Western.
Sometimes it’s the mother who’s the enthusiastic one, and when I get the child alone she’ll burst into tears and say, ‘I don’t want folded eyelids; my mom made me come.”
Over the next two years, I did it over and over, but it was no use—the girl simply did not turn into Ayumi Hamasaki (singer).”
Then there’s the case of the fourth-grade boy whose mother ordered the doctor to remove all body hair so that it wouldn’t grow back. Why? “He has such white skin—I’m going to make a unisex celebrity out of him,” the mother said. “The boy himself was determined to proceed, so we went ahead,” the doctor tells the magazine. “Then the boy went berserk: ‘It hurts! Stop!’ Two of the office staffers had to hold him down.”
Read full article: Cosmetic surgery for children becoming commonplace (Japan Today)
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