Australian teens are rushing to other countries for cosmetic surgery in an attempt to "reclaim" their youth, Australia's Herald Sun reports.
One 18-year-old single mother, Ambah Young, plans to head to Malaysia to have a tummy tuck, breast augmentation and a "designer" vagina procedure, according to the Herald Sun.
While the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery questions the appropriateness of cosmetic procedures on young women, noting that surgeries conducted overseas can be risky, Young says she has felt old ever since she had her baby and would like the surgery to regain confidence.
"I'm having this surgery so that I can feel my age again," she told the newspaper.
Approximately 400 Australians travel to Malaysia each year through Gorgeous Getaways, a group that books "cosmetic surgery holidays," and 80 percent of these individuals undergo two or more procedures, according to the report.
Louise Cogan, director of Melbourne-based Gorgeous Getaways, said she knows several 18-year-olds who have traveled to Malaysia for cosmetic surgery, but most of the clients are in their 30s to 60s. She also told the Herald Sun that Young was a strong candidate for the procedures, because diet and exercise weren't improving her saggy skin.
Overseas cosmetic procedures cost about half of the Australian price, Cogan explains, including flights and other accommodations. Young's surgeries will cost a total of about $13,000 or about $10,800 U.S. dollars.
Psychiatrist David Castle, of Melbourne University, suggested that young people be assessed for psychological problems before undergoing major cosmetic surgery.
"Sometimes they believe their psychological distress will be cured by some cosmetic procedure, and it never is, it usually makes things worse," he told the newspaper.
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