Most teens seek various types of plastic surgery to improve their appearance or to increase self-esteem. WebMD explains how to weigh the pros and cons of going under the knife.
In the age of selfies, more teens are requesting plastic surgery. Some parents wonder if these cosmetic procedures are wise. Share on Pinterest Experts say some plastic surgeries can improve a Author: Leah Campbell.
The question of cosmetic (aka aesthetic) surgery in teens can be a thorny subject. There are no specific laws in the United States that prevent teenagers from getting cosmetic surgery; however, parental consent is required for patients under the age of 18.
Is it a good idea for teens? As with everything, there are right and wrong reasons to have surgery. Cosmetic surgery is unlikely to change your life. Most board-certified plastic surgeons spend a lot of time interviewing teens who want plastic surgery to decide if they are good candidates for the surgery.
In fact, successful plastic surgery may reverse the social withdrawal that so often accompanies teens who feel different. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, 64,470 cosmetic surgical procedures were performed on people age 13-19 in 2015, while 161,700 cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures were performed.Author: American Society of Plastic Surgeons.