Daughter angry after parents say “no” to lip injection
Published 8:00 am Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Dear Aunty Pam,
My soon-to-be 18 yr old daughter has announced that she wants to have her lips injected for her birthday. My husband and I said a hard ‘NO,’ which now means we are ‘horrible parents,’ and all her friends have had it done so ‘how can we be so mean?’
My daughter doesn’t even have thin lips! She just wants to make them huge like one of the Kardashians because she says it’ll make her more attractive. If I don’t give in she said she’s going to do it anyway because she’ll be an adult and we can’t stop her.
You’re off the hook! According to the Cleveland Clinic, the FDA has not approved the use of lip fillers for anyone under the age of 21, so your daughter is not only behaving like a five-year-old, but she is also mistaken.
Aunty Pam is certainly not against any sort of plastic surgery or fillers if that’s what people want. I will say, however, that this epidemic of young women injecting their lips until they look like a widemouth bass concerns me. First of all, physically, there are real risks to the procedure which include infection, cold sore reactivation, even tissue death, if the filler is injected into or around an artery. But the chief concern that I have is that these young girls seem to be blowing up their lips in order to look more sexually attractive. I have seen daughters of friends who post social media reels ad nauseam of themselves seductively preening and pursing their trout pouts in front of the camera
These girls are academically gifted, some are athletic, and it just seems a shame that the main thing they are interested in promoting about themselves is intense sexuality. Listen, Aunty Pam lived the whole scene in Hollywood for several years, so it certainly isn’t as if I am a prude. I just wish these young women realized they have so much more to offer the world upon first impression.
And now that you can’t give your daughter giant swollen lips even if you wanted to, perhaps she might enjoy a self-help book instead for her birthday.