Plastic surgery apps for kids can harm their self-esteem

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There have been a number of new apps that allow the user to slice, inject, chop, and rip any part of the subject’s body. “Beauty Clinic”, “Princess plastic surgery” and “Little Skin Doctor” mimic explicit plastic surgery procedures.

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Parenting expert Nikki Bush says these apps can impact your child’s self-esteem and views on beauty and body image negatively.

“The formative years shape the adult mind, more so than when it comes to body image. And some of the latest plastic surgery apps for girls could encourage children to become hyper-critical of their own features at too young an age. Parents should be aware of the upsurge of plastic surgery apps for kids, targeted particularly at 8 years old girls and above.”

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How the app works

The recipient of the surgery shows up on screen and the surgeon (the user), has to manipulate the face and/or body to look more “beautiful.” A successful transformation can mean anything from liposuction, lip injections, a nose thinning or eyelid surgery, to name a few procedures.

Why the app could impact negatively on your daughter

During the pre-tween and tween years (up to 12 years of age), we need to ensure our children learn to be happy and comfortable in their own bodies. They need to become content with who they are and what they look like, embracing their individuality.

They are always undergoing constant physical changes such as:

  • Growing taller
  • Getting broader
  • Losing teeth
  • Getting big teeth
  • Getting freckles
  • Growing hair in places where there was never had hair before
  • Changing private parts
  • Noses that grow and change shape, and more…

What you should do as a parent if you daughter has the apps

Bush says “I'm not saying you need to ban your children from these apps, but please talk to your children so that they are not set up with unrealistic ideas. Work on your own body image too, because parents do role model body image for their own children every day. Be mindful of the words you use when you speak to your children about their bodies and appearance.”

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