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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