Irish girls as young as 18 are looking for botox - to look perfect on Instagram
Published 15/04/2016 | 15:58
Irish girls as young as 18 are requesting Botox injections for fine lines as a result of Instagram’s perfection culture.
Patricia Molloy founder of The Derma Clinic says she regularly turns away girls in their late teens and early twenties who are producing heavily photo shopped images of celebrities they wish to emulate.
The Blackrock practitioner believes the trend is a direct result of their struggle to cope with their social media timelines, which are flooded with air-brushed photos and heavily filtered selfies.
The 18-year-old ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ star Kylie Jenner is regularly cited by girls at the clinic as the standard to reach- after the reality star confessed to getting fillers for her pout.
And the approaching graduation season has caused a spike in demand for the work.
As Ms. Molloy explains: “Young people are deeply driven by the Net. They’ll now complain about a tiny line on the side of their eye when they smile- and ask ‘can I get rid of that?’ not understanding that lines are sometimes completely natural when the face is animated. That’s how removed from reality it’s become.“
They don’t get that it’s not normal to be absolutely perfect, that some individual flaws and quirks can make them unique and more attractive.
“I had a 20 year old coming into me the other week looking for botox. Girls from early twenties now want bigger cheeks, bigger lips. They are not comfortable in their own skin and its quite sad. Often beauty consultations would turn into a heart to heart where you have to say ‘you don’t need to strive for perfection.”
Molloy said there is huge pressure on young people today, given the fact that everything is documented.
“Everyone is putting up photos with the best angles, editing and air brushing so they think perfection is real. It’s gotten out of control and you can see it in some of the very young girls coming in to me.
“An 18 year old came in last week looking for lip fillers. I tell them that we are not comfortable working with girls so young- for us the cut off point is mid twenties for lip fillers and thirties for botox- but I’m sure they then go off and get it done somewhere else.”
She added: “Since the Kylie Jenner phenomenon, they want volume, volume, volume. They don’t realise that natural symmetry is two thirds on the bottom lip and the final third on the top.”
Irish blogger AJ Fitzsimons is a 29-year-old professional blogger and says she got her lips plumped up to fix something which was “clearly broken.
“It was definitely a confidence thing. I wouldn’t smile in any photos because I felt my top lip would disappear and I just felt I needed a boost in my confidence.
No pain or discomfort though, & could easily cover up the bruises with makeup but wanted to show people the reality! pic.twitter.com/KvIHLsi6VY— ✩✨AJ✨✩ (@AJFitzsimons) November 28, 2015
"As a blogger, you put yourself out there but its not just that- even walking through the office - I would feel better about myself when I got them done. For me was fixing something that I felt was clearly broken.
“If you look back at pictures of yourself, you are your own worst critic and you want to look your best. There is no point living not happy with the way you look and the likes of Kylie Jenner has made it a lot more appealing. When I saw how good she looked, it got me thinking about it as an option.”
She added: “It looks like she made a responsible decision. She knew she had to be in front of a lot of people and she had to correct it.”AJ believes more Irish models should come out and talk about the work they’ve had done: “I think people would respect their honesty and see that what they have is attainable for other girls.”
More than 80m photographs are uploaded to Instagram every day, amassing over 3.5bn ‘likes’ every 24 hours. 20pc of the world’s population now publish details of their lives on Facebook.
In the US, diagnoses of narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) have risen comparable the rate of obesity, while numerous studies claim to have also made direct links between the increase in NPD and the ubiquity of social media.