Teens And Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is a rising trend among the 18-and-under set, which has raised a few eyebrows and, consequently, procedural standards.

Out of the hundreds of thousands of procedures performed on high-school-age patients each year, the most popular surgery is, by far, rhinoplasty (nose jobs), but a number of other procedures are being elected by a growing group of teens.

These include breast reductions and asymmetry correction in females, gynecomastia (excess breast tissue) treatment in males, liposuction, and chin augmentation (often at the same time as rhinoplasty).

As you may surmise, not all teens are appropriate candidates for plastic surgery. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) notes that maturity-both physical and emotional-must be assessed before parents and doctors decide to let a minor go under the knife. Additionally, parents must be conscientious in their research of both certified plastic surgeons and the risks associated with surgery.

What do you think of plastic surgery for teens? When is it appropriate and when isn't it? Leave your opinion in a comment below.