Can Teenagers Get Plastic Surgery?

June 14, 2019

Earlier, only adults and more particularly, older adults used to undergo plastic surgery whereas youngsters in underwent plastic surgery in rare cases. However, according to recent trends, not only do younger adults go for plastic surgery but the number of teenagers who do so is also increasing at a faster rate. In this condition, the question arises about what the right age for teenage plastic surgery is deemed to be. Some common procedures normally requested by teenagers and the recommendations of the experts are briefly discussed here under for your consideration. However, you should consider each case on an individual level.

Non-surgical Procedures

Microderma abrasion

According to recent studies, the number of teenage plastic surgery patients is increasing day by day. Though these cases are not critical ones, still most teenagers go for non-surgical procedures like resurfacing of the skin through chemical peeling, laser, microderma abrasion, etc. The non-invasive procedures of this type can improve the looks of the skin by reducing the appearance of discoloration of the skin and scars of acne.

Dermal fillers

Most of the teens who opt for plastic surgery, as well as adults, are increasingly using dermal fillers to enhance the appearance of their lips and face since these last more than five years. These teenagers go for this procedure after being inspired by their role models in Hollywood with overly done cheeks and lips. But many of them are misguided by plastic surgeons as using fillers can be harmful during one's teenage years.

Hyaluronic acid fillers

These types of fillers can be a better option for teenagers as they include natural substances. The hyaluronic acid will be absorbed by their body safely and gradually within the span of a few months. Some teenagers are using Botox to slow down the appearance of lines on their faces, but at this young age it is not recommended by most of the professionals. However, the effects of Botox are temporary as they fade out after some time.

Surgical procedures

Rarely adopted surgical cosmetic procedures for teenagers may include:

Breast enhancement

This is normally performed to improve their symmetrical looks as well as balancing them according to the shape of the body to make them look natural and healthy. For this reason, some teenagers go for breast surgery to either enlarge or reduce the size of their breasts.

Breast surgery for boys

Some boys also go for the procedure of gynecomastia, a breast reduction procedure, to control the growth of male breast tissues that can be caused due to obesity, side effects of certain medication or any other reason. This breast problem can disappear as the boys slim down or become fully mature. However, if the excessive tissues of the breast are emotionally impacting the teen, then he can be referred to undergo a surgical procedure with minimum incision such as liposuction, which is done with ultrasonic waves.

Otoplasty

This procedure is normally performed to correct and reshape exceptionally shaped ears. This procedure is recommended to be done between the ages of 6 and 7, but it can also be done in the teenage years if the child or teen is not emotionally ready, e.g. they don't want to be called ridiculous names at school.

Rhinoplasty

This surgical procedure is also recommended for the teens having abnormally shaped noses to reshape it if they are emotionally tortured by their classmates or peers. Both otoplasty and rhinoplasty can bring a dramatic change in the appearance of a teenager, on a psychological and a physical basis.

Recommendations

Teenage plastic surgery is offered by some parents to their teenage children as a gift for their graduation or at some special occasion to improve their looks. However, many teens still hope to improve their looks naturally which tend to be be a sign of relief for some of the plastic surgeons.

Due to the increasing trend of plastic surgery among celebrities, the rates of this cosmetic surgery have also increased to some extent. The increasing trend of taking lots of selfies is also considered one of the reasons for this increase in the rates of plastic surgery. However, decreasing demand of the celebrities who had undergone plastic surgeries on their body had also distracted teenagers from surgical treatments. They are more attracted to non-surgical methods to improve their looks.

The plastic surgeons encouraging teenagers for plastic surgery should help teens and their parents by educating them about the pros and cons of surgical procedures so that their expectations can be controlled. Doctors should also discuss such things with these teens so that they can understand the risks of having a permanent change in their looks, unless they are mature enough for such things. They should encourage the teens to wait for a few years so that they can think over teenage plastic surgery with a more mature mindset.

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