Teens and Plastic Surgery

We’re a bit behind blogging on this article in the New York Times about teens getting plastic surgery (also see Jezebel for a great response). I find this absolutely horrifying — I’ve heard stories from students about parents buying breast implant surgery for their daughters as high school graduation presents, but had hoped that was just an urban legend. Of course, it also explains why past Starr Symposia featuring Jean Kilborne and Lyn Mikel Brown were so well-received.
Just yesterday, Jezebel had a post about a new study just released that showed that the rise in “makeover” shows has led to an increase in body anxiety among teens? Hmm. . . .do you think the two just might be related?