Pediatric plastic surgeons perform both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. 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
But to someone raised in a culture of celebrity obsession and makeover TV shows — not to mention the fact that when Kristen was 16, her mother and older sister had received breast implants — she believed a shapely bust line was her due. So, last May, as a high school graduation gift from her parents, Kristen underwent breast augmentation surgery with saline implants, approved by the Food and Drug Administration for people 18 and older. To the rigors of teenage grooming — waxing, plucking, body training and skin care regimens that were once the province of adults — add cosmetic surgerywhich is fast becoming a mainstream option among teenagers.
According to statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons ASPS aboutcosmetic procedures were performed on patients aged 13 to 19 inthough research by board-certified plastic surgeons Rod J. Rohrich, M. Currently, teenagers account for about four percent of all cosmetic surgery procedures, with the most common procedures among teens being nose reshaping, male breast reduction and ear surgery.
Nearly 64, cosmetic surgery patients in were aged When thenyear-old Kylie Jenner admitted to getting lip fillers it caused expressions of shock — and even anger — across the internet. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeonsnearly 64, cosmetic surgery patients in were agedand experts believe this number is bound to rise.
Inmore thancosmetic procedures were performed on patients between 13 and 19, including nearly 65, surgical procedures such as nose reshaping, breast lifts, breast augmentation, liposuction, and tummy tucks. Very few studies have been conducted to examine the risks for teens of these increasingly common surgeries. Research is especially needed for the more controversial procedures such as breast implants, liposuction, and genital plastic surgery.
When children younger than 18 come to see Debra Johnson, a plastic surgeon with a private practice in Sacramento, Calif. She makes sure the parents are supportive, considers what kind of surgery they want, and has an honest discussion about how their bodies, and the results, will change over time. She also asks that teenagers pay for the procedure, in part.
The authors are to be commended for undertaking the task of attempting to statistically document the safety of cosmetic surgery in the adolescent population. Most surgeons who deal with this group of patients will attest that the problems are more emotional than physical and choosing the right patient for the right operation at the right time is the hardest part. That being said, the paper has value in opening up avenues for future comprehensive studies dealing with each surgery as it relates to adolescents and teens from a physical and emotional standpoint.
Limited surgical literature currently exists that evaluates postoperative complications after cosmetic surgery in adolescents. The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of major postoperative complications in adolescent patients undergoing cosmetic surgery and compare their complication rates to older patients. A prospective cohort of patients undergoing cosmetic surgical procedures between and was identified from the CosmetAssure database.