The lip filler generation: Has Instagram overly-normalised teenage surgery?
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Waking up, bleary-eyed and plastered in spot cream, my morning routine of flicking through my Instagram feed provides me with a great sense of insecurity.
normalisation. In a ‘lip filler generation,’ teenage responses to cosmetic surgery have gone from why to why not? Instagram’s lack of guidelines surrounding cosmetic surgery profiles and advertisements could be held accountable.
A parent or guardian can’t constantly chaperone young people’s online browsing, and it’s often hard for even adults to know if the material will cause them psychological damage. The solution perhaps resides in legislation. It is time for Instagram to take control with regulations: warnings before images showing surgeries and a process that would have to approve surgery related content before its publication onto the site could be a start. Here’s hoping that it’s not too late to give back a generation's self-esteem.
Image Credit: PxhereSure, unless you are a Disney princess in a movie, you won’t have perfectly tousled hair, rouged cheeks and curled eyelashes at 7am, but as I’m flooded with selfies of girls who could apparently roll straight out of bed and onto the Victoria Secret catwalk, it’s hard not to feel a tad disheartened.
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