Monthly Archives: May 2011

Plastic Surgery for Teens: On the Increase?

Although we do perform cosmetic surgery on teens here at our Bakersfield plastic surgery practice, they are done to correct a deformity, such as an otoplasty for protuberant ears (although these can be done on kids as young as 5); rhinoplasties (nose jobs) for teens with nose humps or very large noses; breast reductions for teenaged girls who have neck and shoulder pain from overly large breasts, and male breast reduction on teenaged boys whose breasts have excessive tissue. Occasionally I’ll do a breast augmentation on a teen because her breasts are terribly uneven (asymmetric) and she’s embarrassed in a swimsuit or a form-fitting t-shirt.

Many of us have the impression that teens are all over cosmetic surgery, primarily because teen stars such as Bristol Palin, for example, and others on TV and in the movies, are into plastic surgery. The truth is, however, that teen cosmetic surgeries have dropped from over 300,000 ten years ago to only 125,000 last year, according to a report by the American Academy for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

Here are the top procedures, according to the study:

  • Laser hair removal (51,000 procedures last year)
  • Skin treatments (including 16,200 chemical peels and 10,400 microdermabrasion treatments)
  • Ear surgery (10,700 procedures)
  • Nose jobs (9,100 procedures)

I’m interested in knowing your “take” on teen plastic surgery: Should anything go or should parents limit the cosmetic surgeries that their teens undergo? What do you think?

To your health & beauty,
Vip Dev, MD 

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Is There a “best time” for a Mommy Makeover?


Lots of women come into my Bakersfield Plastic Surgery practice because their breasts are sagging due to age, weight loss/gain cycles and/or pregnancy and breastfeeding. Also, many women come in because their tummies are sagging for the same reasons, plus stretch marks that they absolutely hate. Here in Bakersfield, I do hundreds of breast augmentations in the course of a year, as well as breast lifts and breast reductions. As well, we do hundreds of tummy tucks and liposuction, too. What we also do is a combination procedure called a “Mommy Makeover.”

What I mean by the phrase “combination procedure,” is that it’s a breast enhancement plus a tummy tuck and, often, a bit of liposuction as well. The goal of a Mommy Makeover is to return my patient’s body to its younger state, when the breasts were firm and high and the tummy was flat and firm, with most, if not all, of the stretch marks gone for good!

Some women wonder when it’s the best time to have a Mommy Makeover. If you’re completed your family and don’t plan any more pregnancies, you can have a Mommy Makeover anytime after you have recovered from childbearing. I suggest my moms wait until they are finished breastfeeding, because having a baby on the breast just after a breast enhancement can be really uncomfortable, as well as the pressure of the baby’s weight on a tummy that’s recovering from a tummy tuck. But so long as you’re otherwise healthy, you can benefit from a Mommy Makeover whether your youngest is 1 or 50! And, you don’t need to have been a mom to have a Mommy Makeover.  Losing weight and growing older are two perfect reasons to enjoy a more youthful figure–I really see, in my happy patients, that when their bodies are tight and trim, they feel younger! And feeling younger makes them feel happier, more sexy, more alive.

Further, I often do a bit of body sculpting with liposuction during a Mommy Makeover, just to eliminate stubborn areas of fat that don’t go away with diet and exercise. It really finishes up the picture in a wonderful way. As an added bonus, the fat that’s removed during liposuction can be used to plump up areas of the body that need a bit more fat, such as the lips, the face, the back of the hands or the buttocks.

My patients often tell me that their “new figure” has awakened their interest in shopping for clothes and paying more attention to diet and exercise, not to mention the “rev up” they’re enjoying in their sex lives at home, thanks to their “new body”!

If you’ve had some thoughts about your body and they aren’t pleasant ones, come in and see me. In no time at all, you’ll be able to look in the mirror–whether you have clothes on or not–and smile back at your renewed figure!

To your health & beauty,

Vip Dev, MD