Growing up can be hard sometimes, especially as a teenager. There are so many things that can affect self-esteem and confidence. Whether it is teasing from peers or just thinking negatively of themselves and the way they look, your teen may be struggling with their image. Some teenagers suffer from protruding ears, overly large and pendulous breasts, a crooked or large nose, or even an uncomfortable vulva. Plastic surgery could offer your child emotional and physical relief. Teen plastic surgery may not be a commonly talked about topic; however, more adolescents are undergoing cosmetic procedures. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2016 statistics, teenagers (ages 18 and under) account for 1.5 percent of the plastic surgery procedures performed. Does your son or daughter have insecurities that plastic surgery might be able to fix?
Teen Plastic Surgery Procedures
There are many procedures teenagers may be interested in undergoing. The most popular are the following:
- Breast reduction surgery: Some women may be overly developed following puberty. Large breasts can make someone appear awkward and may cause physical pain. Breast reduction surgery is performed to remove excess breast tissue and fat.
- Male breast reduction surgery: Often caused by being overweight, genetics, or certain medications, excess glandular tissue in teen males can cause the appearance of female-like breasts (gynecomastia). A male breast reduction is designed to remove excess glandular tissue and fat to create a firmer chest. Liposuction and/or surgical removal may be needed.
- Rhinoplasty: Unwanted bumps or a crooked nose due to natural development or an injury can create an overall unflattering facial appearance. Rhinoplasty is performed to alter the shape and size of the nose to correct functional problems and to create a cosmetically pleasing nasal structure.
- Labiaplasty: Enlarged labia can often be physically unappealing and uncomfortable for a woman. Labiaplasty is designed to reduce the size of the labia (inner, outer, or both) to correct a protruding vulva that causes pain.
- *Occasionally, augmentation mammaplasty is indicated for girls under 18 years of age if they have a significant lack of self-esteem due to a flat bustline.
Is Your Teenager Ready for Plastic Surgery?
If you and your teenager feel that plastic surgery would help with their confidence or provide them with emotional and physical relief, it is important that you consider the following things before they undergo a procedure:
- Are they physically healthy and without any serious medical conditions?
- Has their body entirely developed and reached full growth?
- Are they undergoing surgery for themselves?
- Do they fully understand their procedure of choice?
- Do they have time to take away from activities and school for a proper and safe recovery?
- Are they aware of the risks and complications associated with their surgery?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, your child might be ready for surgery. The next step is to schedule a consultation with a qualified professional to have their anatomy and goals evaluated before surgery. You should sit in with them during this appointment so you and your teenager can be fully educated about the procedure. Ask plenty of questions and make sure to address all of your concerns.
If you feel your teenager is ready for plastic surgery, contact Dr. Jervis today! He is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is experienced and skilled in many plastic surgery procedures. Schedule your consultation by calling (925) 937-7100 or by filling out our online contact form.