Since the 1990’s, the percentage of teenage plastic surgery has increased consistently. Most of these consist of cosmetic nose surgery, breast lift surgery and cosmetic ear surgery.
Not every teen seeking cosmetic surgery is suited for the operation. Emotional maturity and a clear understanding of what the procedure can and cannot do for them is important. This will help in avoiding future dissatisfaction. Bone structure begins to mature until age 18 and teens must finish growing and maturing before even considering cosmetic surgery.
Pressure from friends play a significant role in the teenage years. Everyone wants to fit in but getting your nose done because your best friend had one is not a good reason to have the procedure.
Parents should fully understand what the young adult is seeking and why. There are three factors that need to be discussed when discussing cosmetic surgery for teens. These topics can help evaluate how healthy a teen’s concern truly is:
o The teen requests the procedure. Parental support is essential but the teen’s clear and complete reason for wanting a cosmetic procedure must be clearly expressed.
o The goals are realistic. The teen must have a clear understanding of what and what not a cosmetic surgery can do for her/him. Unrealistic expectations must be avoided. Cosmetic surgery costs must also be explained to the teen.
o The teen must be emotionally matured. Teens who are prone to mood swings, have erratic behavior or are abusing drugs and alcohol are not good candidates for any cosmetic procedure. Pain, healing and temporary disfigurement is involved and the teen must be able to accept and deal with them.
One of the main concerns of young adults is acne. However, cosmetic surgery is not the immediate answer. Modern prescription drugs under the supervision of a qualified medical practitioner most often do the job. Dermatologists can also offer solutions without the need to undergo surgery.
If after all the deliberations the decision is to go ahead with the surgery. The teen and both parents must look for the best cosmetic surgeon fit for the job and with experience with young adult patients.