London, Mar 23 : The celebrity culture of enhanced figures has cast its spell so extensively that an increasingly large number of Brit teens are aping the film stars and having breast enlargement operations done, says a new research.
According to a new study, the number of teenagers having breast enlargement operations has increased by more than 150 percent in the past year.
Medics believe that girls undergoing the procedure are aping celebrities who have surgically enhanced their figures.
Statistics from three of Britain's largest cosmetic surgery chains show almost 600 teenagers had the surgery last year.
One group has reported a more than fivefold increase. Transform, which has a chain of 22 clinics, performed 169 breast enlargements on 18-year-olds and 19-year-olds, up from 31 the year before. It now offers the surgery on credit with 0 percent interest.
The doctors say that young women are reading various magazines which show that how celebrities alter their bodies through surgery. And so, the teens want to follow the suit.
"Young women read in magazines about personalities, like Chantelle, who have had breast augmentations and have a great influence on teenagers," the Telegraph quoted Shami Choudhry, a spokeswoman for Transform, as saying.
Choudhry was referring to Chantelle Houghton, 24, from Brentwood, Essex, who won Channel 4's Celebrity Big Brother in 2006 and has since had her breasts enlarged.