Last week, 17-year-old model and reality star Kendall Jenner shared a fresh photo of herself on Instagram, showing off her suspiciously fuller lips.
Jenner quickly sparked plastic surgery rumors with many critics saying, “..has the quest for Hollywood fame turned the young teen beauty to surgical enhancements?”
According to celebrity psychotherapist Stacy Kaiser:
“If this is indeed the case it should be a concern for her mom Kris Jenner. As a teenager your identity is developing and so if you start getting this work done now it becomes part of who you are. You grow up thinking you need to enhance, alter or change your looks in order to be attractive,” she explained. “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.”
But Barry Weintraub, MD, a leading NYC-based plastic surgeon said it’s not uncommon for teens Kendall’s age to opt for cosmetic enhancements.
“Some teens, even at 18-year-old maturity are born with very [thin] lips… Then [it is] totally appropriately to conservatively augment the upper and/or lower lips with small amounts of Restylane, which is what it looks like she had,” Weintraub said.
“Kendall has always had naturally aesthetically beautiful lips. 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,” said Dr. Raffi Hovespian, a Triple Board Certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. “This look can be attributed to pouting, lip gloss and lip plumper, which are more appropriate ‘enhancements’ for her age.”
The famous family has, since their foray onto the small screen several years ago, been the subject of many surgical enhancement rumors, but given Kendall’s status as a minor and her 6.3 million Twitter followers, it may not be the best idea for her to turn to plastic surgery at such a young age.
“Kendall is a role model for a lot of young girls, they look up to her and they want to be like her,” Kaiser added. “This may drive a lot of young girls to ask their parents to get the same thing done.”
Do you think Kendall recently went under the knife?