While cosmetic work may have been something that was talked about behind closed doors, previously, younger Australians appear to have a much more casual attitude towards cosmetic procedures - particularly non-surgical options such as injectables.
Kurt Coleman, one of the guests on Insight’s Picture Perfect episode said he first had lip injections at 18 “because...I thought it would just be fun to try.”
“I never thought… I hate what I look like, I’m going to get this done. It was just like a tiny thing that I tried. ”
Kurt compares getting fillers to changing your hairstyle or hair colour, pointing out that both treatments are small, and temporary, but can make a big difference to your overall appearance.
Likewise, Rita Abdul, 22, has spent $15,000 on lip fillers and anti-wrinkle injections in the last two years, and describes herself as “plastic positive”.
Rita shares videos of her treatments through social media platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, and says it’s important for her to be honest about what work she gets done.
“I feel like it’s very empowering to say that yes, this is not 100 per cent me, that I did not wake up like that a couple of years ago.”
Rita believes that in general, people are much more comfortable talking about their cosmetic work, more openly.
“Now people are confident and able to say that ‘yes, I get work done’.”
Anecdotally, cosmetic clinicians have noticed a change in the number of young people seeking injectable treatments, and note the more casual attitude they have towards the procedures. Cosmetic nurse, Aska Lagodko says she sees clients under 25 “most days of the week.”
“Ever since...the whole Kylie Jenner trent show on TV, I have younger patients coming in with the picture of Kylie Jenner and asking me to do similar enhancements.”