A leading Belfast plastic surgeon has warned Love Island is leading to body dysmorphia – with girls as young as 18 seeking boob jobs to look like the stars in the villa.
A doctor from Belfast Clinic Cosmetech said he’s been inundated with requests from young females wanting Love Island’s Sharon Gafka’s pout.
Chris Hoo, 47, told the Irish Mirror: “You notice a bump in clientele as soon as Love Island starts to air.
“We see the requests for fillers and botox rise and there is more of an uptake in breast procedures too, many this year want a pout like Sharon.
“I do notice in my surgical practice, girls as young as 18 enquire about breast procedures but I won’t do it unless they are 20 because women’s bodies are still changing well after 18.”
And he claimed the reality series is fuelling the desire for fuller breasts.
He added: “It is because of shows like Love Island where normalisation of plastic surgery procedures, both surgical and non surgical, has become the normal chat.
“People are enquiring earlier and earlier – I caution against it.
“Even the term the Islanders use ‘tweakments’, which is the botox or fillers, can have long term implications as well, especially if things go wrong.”
Dr Chris Hoo – Plastic Surgeon from Cosmetech Belfast
The dad-of-two, who has worked in Cosmetech for four years as a plastic surgeon, told how the show “has had a negative effect on people’s expectations of perfection”.
Dr Hoo said: “People will watch Love Island of course, I can’t stop them watching it. I do find myself spending time talking to patients and educating them explaining what can and cannot be done.
“These procedures are becoming more and more common, it’s buyer beware – you have to be careful.
“I feel there needs to be more regulation out there.”
And he described how Love Island is fuelling body dysmorphia – where an individual becomes obsessive over perceived flaws in their appearance.
Dr Hoo added: “Sometimes people don’t realise they have body dysmorphia.
“I’m not saying they’re crazy – they’re not – but it’s a side-effect of the lifestyle and shows like Love Island, where the worst human traits are coming out. We do judge people by their looks, especially in the first instance.
“Unfortunately, we are very visual and that’s why Love Island is so attractive, it’s like watching something in slow motion.
“Many young women in particular have an abnormal preoccupation with a small part of them, whether it be a small blemish or asymmetry.
Sharon was one of the original islanders but failed to find love in the villa
“It’s especially in the younger ones, emotions are so fraught in their 20s when they’re trying to establish themselves as a person.
“When you’ve people all around you going, ‘You don’t look like Sharon or Faye from Love Island’, then these girls become so self-conscious they keep looking at that one part thinking if only I could get it fixed I will be better.
“That’s a red flag for me when I hear this – reputable plastic surgeons will have studied psychology to recognise the signs if someone has this body condition. Often they bring pictures of Love Island stars and want to be just like them.
“At Cosmetech we want our clients to be a better version of themselves, not all trout pout with too much filler.”
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