Teenagers Getting Plastic Surgery
Should they use it to enhance their body image?
It's a Personal Choice
- The ASPS has no formal position on plastic surgery for teenagers. As with any surgery, parental consent is required for all plastic surgery procedures performed on teens younger than 18.
- While parental support is essential, the teenager's own desire for plastic surgery must be clearly expressed and repeated over a period of time
Plastic surgery is a safe and effective way to fix someone's flaws.
- Patients should be sure their plastic surgeon is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).
- ASPS requires that all members who perform surgery under anesthesia must do so in a facility that meets all of the criteria required.
It Improves Self Esteem
- "My life became easier because of a very simple procedure," Scott wrote his doctor years later. "I could have lived my life with big ears, but I didn't have to. The fact that I was able to become so comfortable gave me the freedom to be a very open person." (Scott)
- Child plastic surgeon Dr. Frederick Lukash says “ But for legitimate physical abnormalities that affect the way the child feels and is treated by others--unusually large breasts on boys or girls, cleft lip, scar damage, ears that stick out, even an excessively large nose--surgery may prove life-altering.”
Although getting plastic surgery isn't the best choice for everyone, it can make many teenagers feel better about themselves.
- Now that surgery has increased her breast size from an A to a C cup, Mast said, she no longer feels self-conscious about how her clothes fit or in comparison to her more developed younger sister. (Crystal Mast)
Only if the Teenager is Mature Enough
- Dr. Lukash states "if you're wondering whether plastic surgery is right for your child, the answer is not simple. It's going to take a lot of research and thought. "
- It depends on "the child, his reasons for wanting surgery, whether he understands the risks involved, whether his concerns will be addressed by surgery, and so much more." (Lukash)
- Teenagers have to be mature before making this decision.
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