Teenage Cosmetic Surgery

How young is too young for cosmetic surgery? Of course we don’t do facelifts on teenagers, but we do perform lots of cosmetic surgery on them. In fact, 43,000 kids – 18 years old and under – went under the knife last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Most of them had their noses reshaped and their ears setback, but 5,000 had their breasts made smaller and 4,000 had their breasts made larger.

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How young is too young for cosmetic surgery?  Of course we don’t do facelifts on teenagers, but we do perform lots of cosmetic surgery on them. In fact, 43,000 kids – 18 years old and under – went under the knife last year, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.  Most of them had their noses reshaped and their ears setback, but 5,000 had their breasts made smaller and 4,000 had their breasts made larger.

Ok, I understand this, but I can’t figure out why 8,000 kids had Botox last year and 600 had their wrinkles lasered away. Eighteen year olds with wrinkles?  Maybe those tanning salons have gone too far.

Now you may be thinking:  any kid who has cosmetic surgery has too much money on their hands or has their priorities screwed up.  But cosmetic surgery is a great self esteem booster, and can replace years of embarrassment and even reduce the need for psychotherapy.

Blog written by Arthur Perry, MD, FACS
Dr. Perry has over 2 decades of experience as a clinical surgeon and has been named to the “Best Doctors in the NY Area” book...