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March 22, 2013

Teen Plastic Surgery: What You Should Know

Filed under: General — Dr. Greenwald @ 2:43 pm

It is becoming increasingly popular for teenagers who are embarrassed with a certain body part to request plastic surgery to correct the bothersome physical trait. Skeptics say that it is inappropriate for those under the age of 18 to undergo plastic surgery. Nonetheless, there is an emerging consensus among plastic surgery professionals and parents that certain cosmetic surgery procedures may be fine for teens — if the teen fits certain criteria. Read on to find out what you should know about teen plastic surgery.

Teens Should Avoid Taking the Easy Way Out

One of the first things that parents should ask themselves when considering whether or not to let a teenager undergo a plastic surgery procedure is: Can the teen’s frustrating physical trait be corrected without cosmetic surgery?

For instance, if a teenager is overweight, liposuction should not be the first solution. Instead, parents should encourage teens to follow a healthful diet and exercise routinely. And remember, the best way to encourage your teenager is to lead by example.

Teens Experience Peer Pressure

Not only do teens experience peer pressure to look a certain way, but it is common for them to focus on “fitting in” instead of embracing their unique look and personality. That is why it is important for parents to understand why the teen is requesting plastic surgery. Parents should make sure that teens are requesting plastic surgery for their own reasons, not their best friend’s.

In addition, parents should help bolster their teens’ self-confidence before encouraging plastic surgery. Parents should also remind their teenagers that they have not stopped growing into their body, and their physical attributes may continue to change. And, adults should point out that a teen’s concept of beauty and the value he or she places on uniqueness often changes with age.

When Is Plastic Surgery Appropriate for Teens?

Although most agree that certain plastic surgery procedures, such as breast augmentation and liposuction, are not appropriate for teens who have not yet stopped growing both physically and emotionally, there are some plastic surgery procedures that may benefit teens — if they are done for the right reasons.

Note that Dr. Greenwald decides if a teen is a suitable candidate for plastic surgery on a case by case basis. That being said, he may agree to perform certain plastic surgery procedures such as breast reduction, correction of asymmetrical breasts, rhinoplasty (“nose job surgery”) or otoplasty (“ear pinning”) on teens if they have an overall good body image; are in good mental and physical health; understand the benefits and drawbacks of the procedure; understand the risks involved with any surgery; and are asking for the procedure on their own volition.

To find out more about teen plastic surgery or to schedule a private consultation, please contact Dr. Greenwald by calling (914) 421-0113 or (212) 518-1642.

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