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Our sweet sixteen become botox queens – Adelaide’s young women are increasingly turning to cosmetic surgery

MORE young women, some as young as 16, seek cosmetic work in Adelaide as botox, rhinoplasty, and breast implants become mainstream.

MORE young women, some as young as 16 years old, seek cosmetic work in Adelaide as botox, rhinoplasty, and breast implants grow in popularity

The owner of one of Adelaide’s most popular cosmetic dermatology clinics says the number of her young clients between the ages of 16 and 25 has tripled in the past year.

Dina Matters, co-owner of the Clearskincare Clinics SA subsidiary, said the number of customers in this age group had increased from 240 to 722 in the past 12 months.

Ms. Matters said that cosmetic work is becoming increasingly trending as treatments become accessible, acceptable, and affordable.

For example, the cost of a botox injection has dropped from around $ 20 to just $ 13 over the past two years due to a competitive market.

A full treatment can cost up to $ 400 depending on how deep and widespread the wrinkles are, and is needed about every three to six months.

Ms. Matters says the increase in young women seeking cosmetic work is surprising.

“But … young people are ready to invest in their skin and improve themselves,” she said.

However, she warns against starting too early.

“Women who are 20, I think, don’t necessarily need anti-wrinkle treatments,” she said.

“Personally, I would say 30 is an appropriate age to start work.”

Molly Peters, 21, started getting lip fillers at 19, had botox on her forehead last year and is considering a nose job.

“I’ve always wanted big lips and botox is wrinkle prevention,” says Ms. Peters from Kent Town.

“I never had a big upper lip. It rolled up by itself when I smiled and I have the feeling that it really hides my teeth more now and makes me feel more comfortable and confident. “

She gets lip fillers every six to twelve months – for $ 650 apiece – and Botox up to four times a year for $ 180 per session.

A treatment usually only lasts an hour of the day.

“I think the injections aren’t a big deal anymore,” says Ms. Peters.

“It doesn’t hurt, and it’s not like permanently changing the way you look because it is wearing off.”

Renata Liguori, 20 from Burnside, plans to do her own surgical job.

Ms. Liguori is flying to Argentina in July to get a breast lift and round implants “for the ultimate benefit”.

The operation will be the culmination of a two year period of reflection. She received firsthand advice from up to 10 friends who have implants.

She hasn’t ruled out getting botox or lip fillers in the future.

“It worries me a little about how people will look 30 years from now because so many people I know are already doing their job as if it were a normal and natural thing,” she said.

“Soon you won’t be able to guess how old people are.”

My personal journey

When I was 22, I spent my savings on cosmetic work instead of vacationing abroad.

My friends and family were amazed when I told them.

“Why should you work when you are so young and beautiful?” Asked my mother.

I had acne scars on my face and felt insecure.

I endured two hours of pain while my cosmetic surgeon tapped me with a laser and repeatedly pierced my skin with needles.

Now, 25, I’m thinking about saying goodbye to my worry lines (they’re the ones on your forehead). I am in two ways.

If I start this work now, I will most likely keep it for the rest of my life. That’s a scary thought.

However, it’s tempting to get a fresher face at a local clinic in just an hour or so.

Looking young is a fleeting illusion, I know that. But the desire to look better and still appear your age may not be a pointless obsession.

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