ISLAMABAD - The demand for cosmetic surgeries is so high all over the country that the business is thriving and the surgeons are getting inquiries not just from metros but from small cities as well.

This blooming trend, especially among 13 to 19-year-olds, is so common that a noted reconstructive and cosmetic specialist says plastic surgery for teens “is becoming mainstream.”

Dr Ikram Ullah khan, a practitioner told agency that people are going for cosmetic surgery not just to improve their looks, but also to help enhance their self esteem. “Many teenagers as well as women inquire about cosmetic surgery and out of them most want a nose job, liposuction or scar removal treatments. The trend has increased over the past few years because of peer pressure and also an inherent desire to look good,” a senior cosmetic surgeon told this agency.

Citing the reason behind this trend cosmetic surgeon said, “It is in their teen years that young boys and girls start noticing themselves and the process of comparison among the peer group starts. It is hard to find teens who are completely content with their faces and physique.”

“Recent statistics indicate a rise in the overall number of cosmetic surgeries. While the proportion of teenagers opting for cosmetic surgery reportedly remains low, there has been an increase in inquiries from teens about 20-30 per month and actual procedures done is one-three per month,” the surgeon explained. “Today’s teens are far more familiar with cosmetic surgery than any previous generation. They have money, exposure and want to stand out from the crowd,” she added.

Sometimes cosmetic surgery is not just for vanity, but a necessity. But teenage plastic surgery has to be on the right individual for the right reason. Also one should understand the fact that the end result might not live up to expectations. Leading psychiatrist believes that teenagers who opt for cosmetic surgery want to look ‘cool’ and ‘trendy’.

“The teenage years is a time when an individual is struggling to make an identity for himself or herself. One of the biggest needs at this time is to belong. One wants to be approved of, especially by peers. This makes them want to do whatever is considered cool or trendy,” owner of a beauty salon told this agency. “Looking good is the quickest way to get approval from people. Hence, it is not just the desire to look good that makes them take drastic steps, but what the good looks might get them,” she added. The cost of the surgery varies. For a nose job, it is around Rs 50,000-80,000; for scar removal it’s Rs 15,000-30,000 and for liposuction it is Rs 50,000- 80,000, she added.

Coffee lowers risk of most common skin cancer: Study

Online adds: Drinking coffee can lower the risk of developing basal cell carcinoma, the most common form of skin cancer, suggests a study.

“Our data indicate that the more caffeinated coffee you consume, the lower your risk of developing basal cell carcinoma,” said Doctor Jiali Han, associate professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the US.

“I will not recommend increasing your coffee intake based on these data alone,” he added. “However, our results add basal cell carcinoma to a list of conditions for which risk is decreased with increasing coffee consumption. This list includes conditions with serious negative health consequences such as type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease”, a TV reported.

Studies showed an inverse association between coffee consumption and risk of basal cell carcinoma in 112,897 participants included in two large and long-running studies. According to the study published in the journal Cancer Research, a similar association was also observed between caffeine intake from all dietary sources and risk of basal cell carcinoma.

Drinking decaffeinated coffee, however, was not linked with a decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma.

“These results really suggest that it is the caffeine in coffee that is responsible for the decreased risk of basal cell carcinoma associated with increasing coffee consumption,” said Dr Han. “This would be consistent with published mouse data, which indicate caffeine can block skin tumour formation. “However, more studies in different population cohorts and additional mechanistic studies will be needed before we can say this definitively.”

Scientists could not link coffee consumption or caffeine intake to the two other forms of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma, the most deadly form of the disease.