The cosmetic surgery industry is a business that is growing in popularity. More and more people around the world–and most especially in fashion-forward areas such as Paris and New York–are turning to surgeries like liposuction, breast augmentation and rhinoplasty (more commonly called a nose job) to improve their appearance. As big as the field is now, some experts predict that it will get even bigger soon. One group predicted that the industry will gross over 40 billion dollars by 2013.Along with this increased interest in these procedures has come an increased acceptance of them. This is perhaps all well and good, but one thing that has gotten a lot of people a little nervous is the interest that young people are starting to show in these surgeries.Studies show that more and more young people are being interested in these procedures, and there are even some people in their teens who get cosmetic surgeries. Most surgeons agree that this is not the healthiest of signs.When people are in junior high and high school, their bodies have not yet finished developing. They have no way of knowing whether the flaws that they are trying to fix surgically would go away naturally on their own. Furthermore, given that the body will continue to change, these young people may actually be causing themselves problems down the road. And this is just speaking of the aesthetic issues. There can be health ramifications for extremely young people getting cosmetic surgeries.In the case of rhinoplasty, surgeons tend to agree that a child needs to at least be in the mid to late teens before the surgery can be done. Some surgeons say that the age should be even later, though. The most important thing is that a person’s face and nose need to have reached their full development before they are operated on. Because girls tend to finish maturing before boys, boys typically need to wait longer before being able to get this surgery.Parents of young children who want to get cosmetic surgery are probably in the best place to be able to help their children to understand the need to wait until it is safe. Parents should also help their children to develop a healthy body image and to develop realistic expectations of their bodies. Children these days are exposed to a lot of unrealistic depictions of beauty, and they frequently become convinced that they need to live up to an artificial and unattainable standard. Parents can help children to understand that they are still worthwhile, even if they do not have the body of a (probably airbrushed or Photoshopped) celebrity.