According to Refinery29, Kylie Jenner has admitted to getting her lips surgically enhanced.

The 17-year-old star of Keeping Up with the Kardashians said during a recent episode that she had temporary lip fillers injected because of “insecurity.” The reality star has made headlines the past few months for her changed appearance and tight-lipped response to having work done.

Many of her social media followers, including young teens, have noticed her change as well. Her lips spurred the “Kylie Jenner Challenge” in which teens inhaled deeply into shot glasses or other small figures to plump their lips like hers. The challenge raised concerns from the plastic surgery community and parents alike, as the results were scarring, and in some cases permanent.

Her admission has both teens and parents wondering, how young is too young to have a plastic surgery procedure? According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, parents consent is required “for all plastic surgery procedures performed on teens younger than 18.”

Parental consent is required because many teens oftentimes don’t have the maturity to understand the real ramifications of a procedure that has both benefits and risks. Teens, influenced by a heavy social media presence, celebrities and the media oftentimes want to make a change that may be “just a fad” or something they don’t actually want later on in life.

If you’re teenager is contemplating a plastic surgery change, keep the following information in mind when discussing it:

  • Explain to them the risks associated with the change and how it may affect them later on in life.
  • Explore all surgery options before making a decision.
  • Keep an open mind, try and understand why they may want to make a change.

If your teenager is interesting in undergoing a procedure, scheduling a consultation beforehand, even to just explore all available options is best. Contact the Lett Center for more information or visit our website.