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Nip, Tuck Teens

(WFLX) - Teens want to be 'idolized'. Kids, as young as 13, are willing to go under the knife to look good. "Before you walk out the door, you've gotta look good," said Kaley Shanks.

Kaley is happy with what she sees when she looks in the mirror. "I'm a full C now."

But that hasn't always been the case. "I always said that if I didn't have boobs by the time I was 18, that I'd get them. And, three months later, I did."

And why not? She had her parents' support. "My dad was like, 'Get them as big as you want.'"

She came up with the finances. "I actually borrowed it from somebody and paid them back within the next year."

And she didn't do it for a boyfriend or anyone else. She did it for herself. "I wouldn't care what people think anyway."

But many teens long for acceptance among their peers experts say. And numbers speak volumes. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nearly 210,000 cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed on people age 13 to 19 in 2009.

"I don't think they judged me, to my face anyway," said Kaley.

Speaking of faces: Nose Jobs are actually teen favorites.

In fact, 35,000 U.S. teenagers had their noses surgically reshaped in 2009 while male breast reductions, breast augmentations, and ear surgeries were popular, but comparatively fell far behind in demand.

"Sometimes folks have ears that stick out. Even when you go swimming and all that you can't hide it with long hair," explained Dr. Walter Erhardt, a Plastic Surgeon and Former President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Erhardt has performed countless surgeries on teenagers over the years. "The younger folks have a tendency to try and fit in, so they try and do procedures that make them fit in a little better."

Dr. Erhardt says teens contemplating a little nip tuck need a strong support system and the right motivation.

Do it for you, he says. "Not for a boyfriend, a spouse or anyone else or so you can get a job or a better job."

And the obsession with looking "picture perfect" begins at a young age. "Magazines, movies definitely put on the pressure to look good," Kaley admitted.

Either way, Kaley is pleased with her transformation. "I love them. I'd do it all over again, perfect size!"

A big step closer to perfection in a world where perfect people are plastered on magazine covers everywhere -- sending more and more teens under the knife.

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