Parents question age rating on breast augmentation iPhone app

March 2, 2012

Parents question age rating on breast augmentation iPhone app
Parents question age rating on breast augmentation iPhone app

Some parents are questioning whether an iStore app that allows users to see what they might look like with breast implants is appropriate for children, reports the Herald Sun. One such app is free to download from the iTunes store, can connect them to a plastic surgeon and has a maturity rating of 12-plus, which means it is deemed appropriate for anyone over the age of 12. However, the fact that you must be over 18 to have plastic surgery without parental consent has some parents concerned.

An Australian Family Associate spokesperson spoke out in the Herald Sun article to say that the apps were inappropriate for children and should be blocked from that age-range. The emphasis was on Apple’s rating system in respect to children’s accessibility and not on the purpose of the application.

The UK Daily Mail reports that the app was created by a US-based plastic surgeon who wanted to give women a way to visualize what they would look like with breast implants. Users can upload a picture of themselves and choose from 17 different sizes of implants to get an idea of how they would look after undergoing breast augmentation surgery.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), breast augmentation surgery was the most popular surgical procedure performed by plastic surgeons in 2010, with more than 318,000 individuals undergoing it. It was the most common plastic surgery among women between the ages of 19 and 34, but is also common among those between the ages of 35 and 50 and those 18-years-old and younger.

Common reasons women choose to undergo this surgery include the perception of underdeveloped breasts, differences in the sizes of the breasts or changes after pregnancy or breast-feeding. With parental consent, teens can have breast augmentation to correct asymmetry or defect and breast reduction for health issues relating from oversized breasts. 

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