Actress Shruti Haasan recently got a nose job done to correct a nasal disorder, that had her facing problems in breathing and singing. But campus goers don’t need a medical excuse to go under the knife — campus debut is reason enough.
Cosmetic surgeons in the Capital say that the number of students opting for surgery have increased by at least 10 per cent in the last year and is increasing at an alarming rate. Parichay Upadhyay of New Look Laser Clinic says that 40 per cent of his clients are in the age group 18-20. Surgeons warn that going under the knife at such a young age isn’t healthy. Dr Anup Dhir, senior cosmetic surgeon, Apollo Hospitals says, “While many youngsters come on their own, others come on the will of their parents who say that, ‘19 saal ki ho gayi and there’s almost no bust’. I advise them to wait for a few years.”
While many request for a nose job, there is a big demand for eye-lid surgeries, permanent make-up, breast augmentation (for girls) and reduction (for boys) too. Most of these surgeries cost anywhere between Rs 25, 000 and a lakh.
Dr Rashmi Taneja, cosmetic surgeon, Artemis Health Institute says, “May, June and early July is the prime time for these surgeries as as students are off from college. In fact, this year I also had a few school students.”
Dr Seema Malik, MD Eleganza Skin Rejuvenation Clinic says that most students demand features of their favourite film stars and “carry the filmstar’s photograph with them.” Malik maintains that most of her clients, in the past few months, were “either students who are starting college or going abroad for further studies. Many said they could finance their treatment because they are working part time in BPOs.”
Today, youngsters are going in for corrective surgeries not just to boost self-confidence but also because of peer pressure. Raima, 18, a college student, recently had a lip surgery because of “constant pestering from her friends.” “I have always had very thin lips and it never made a difference in school. But when I entered college, many friends started telling me that I didn’t look fine.” The surgery cost her Rs 45,000 and she paid from her pocket money collected over a period of few months. Of course, her parents paid for the most part of it.