More and more teenagers are choosing plastic surgery, both males and females. The good news is that adolescents who undergo elective plastic surgery tend to sail through surgery more easily than adults. Ninety percent of cosmetic procedures done on adults are done on women but that’s not the case with teens. The interesting thing here is that more male teenagers are seeking these procedures, so the striking gender disparity among adults is not there with teenagers.
So what procedures are teenagers getting?
1) Otoplasty was the most common elective surgical procedure in patients under the age of 18 years in 2011. Otoplasty is the surgery to correct defects or deformities of the ear (the outside of the ear, not the inside.) About one third of the estimated 11,000 otoplasties were performed on males.
2) Rhinoplasty, a nose job, came in second with 20% of the 9,500 procedures performed in males.
3) Breast augmentation was the third most common procedure performed in teens. Remember that silicon implants are not FDA approved for kids under the age of 22, so saline is your only option as a teen.
4) Liposuction. Plastic Surgeons caution that liposuction and tummy tucks are inappropriate procedures for weight loss in teens. In contrast, lipoplasty, liposculpture, or liposuction to treat localized fat deposits can be indicated in some teenagers. Plastic surgeons will say the ideal patient is at or near ideal body weight and not obese.
5) Breast reduction (for cosmetic reasons) was the next most common. Breast reduction surgery can’t be done until full breast maturation and growth is achieved. Breast size should be stable with no continuing growth for 9-12 months. Another point to remember is that lactation is not always possible after breast reduction.
6) Correction of gynecomastia (enlargement of a man’s breasts) was next on the list, not surprisingly, 100% in males.
As you can see from some of the items on this list, there are huge quality of life benefits to some of these plastic surgeries.
What are your thoughts: plastic surgery in teens weird or not?
- Dr. O
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