Seventeen-year-old model and reality star Kendall Jenner posted a self-taken photo to her Instagram profile in October, displaying noticeably fuller lips and causing fans to question whether the teen star has turned to cosmetic surgery to enhance her face.
Celebrity psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser comments that this photo is a cause for concern.
“As a teenager, your identity is developing and so if you start getting this work done now, it becomes part of who you are,” Kaiser explained to Fox News. “You grow up thinking you need to enhance, alter or change your looks in order to be attractive. I always say that kids learn what they live. Kendall learned that focus on appearance is critical so it makes sense that she would already be trying to enhance or alter what she looks like.”
Leading New York City-based plastic surgeon Barry Weintraub, M.D., claims that it’s become more common for teens to undergo cosmetic enhancements.
“Some teens, even at 18-year-old maturity are born with very [thin] lips,” Weintraub told Fox News. “Then [it is] totally appropriate to conservatively augment the upper and/or lower lips with small amounts of Restylane, which is what it looks like she had.”
According to other experts, Jenner may not have undergone a cosmetic procedure at all.
“Kendall has always had naturally aesthetically beautiful lips,” Triple Board Certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Dr. Raffi Hovespian told Fox News. “They are ideal and we often have many young women come in requesting her lips. It doesn’t appear that anything invasive has been done. This look can be attributed to pouting, lip gloss and lip plumper, which are more appropriate enhancements for her age.”
Since their debut on the small screen a number of years ago, the Jenner family has been the subject of a myriad of cosmetic enhancement rumors. However, it may not be the best idea for Kendall to turn to plastic surgery given her status as a minor.
“Kendall is a role model for a lot of young girls, they look up to her and they want to be like her,” Kaiser told Fox News. “This may drive a lot of young girls to ask their parents to get the same thing done.”
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