Regardless of where you stand on the issue, the fact is that the number of teens having cosmetic surgery between the ages of 13 and 19 years has been on the rise for the past several years. In fact, those numbers have grown by about two percent every year, with last year’s number hitting 236,000 teens who underwent a cosmetic procedure. That’s according to the 2012 annual statistics reported by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the recognized leading organization of board-certified plastic surgeons.
Rise & Shine
The reason for the increase? Experts attribute this in large part to the desire for younger people to fit in during an awkward and sometimes tumultuous period of life. Whether it’s bullying, self-esteem or confidence issues, or just an undesirable family trait, both parents and teens are deciding to take matters of physical appearance into their own hands.
Sure, we all faced similar issues decades ago during our own youth, but experts also point out that we live in the digital age—one that puts a visual of our physical appearance front and center, whether it’s on a computer screen, tablet or phone. The more you see yourself—and are seen by others—the more those unfavorable flaws in a direct line of sight. In fact, it’s this high-tech phenomenon that’s inspired adults nationwide to have so-called “Facetime” facelifts and other facial treatments.
Despite the signs that plastic surgery may be becoming an acceptable solution for physical fixes for teens, that isn’t to say this course of action is right for everyone. Some teens are more sensitive to the physical and psychological pains of growing up in a judgmental society. For this group, emotional damage and lack of confidence during the teen years may cause irreparable damage. The decision is always best made on an individual basis.
Typical Teen Treatments
Topping the list for teen surgery is breast augmentation, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), and otoplasty (ear pinning).
- Breast augmentation increases breast size using saline or silicone implants.
- Nose surgery is used to reshape large or disproportionate noses.
- Ear pinning flattens protruding ears.
But deciding one of these or other cosmetic procedures is only one step that should be given serious consideration in the process. Even with parental consent, surgery is surgery and comes with risks.
In general, whether for an adult or teen, less is more when it comes to aesthetic treatments. Always take the time to weight benefits and risks, get some kind of predicted post-treatment simulation to set expectations of what your results may look like, and take the time to research the very best doctor to perform your work.
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