Today, plastic surgery procedures are more common than ever before, and younger people are seeking them out in much greater numbers. In fact, one of the most popular trends these days is teen plastic surgery, which includes rhinoplasties, breast augmentations, and liposuction (to name just a few procedures offered these days).
If you’re a teen who wants a procedure, or you know a teenager who dreams of changing his or her appearance with cosmetic surgery, you may be curious as to whether plastic surgery is actually a good thing for teens.
Obviously, when it comes to invasive cosmetic surgery at a relatively young age, there will always be pros and cons. The best way to make a wise decision about teen plastic surgery is by looking at the facts and then weighing the pros and cons. Since teens often lack maturity and behave rashly, it’s important to help a teen make an important decision like this by letting them know all about plastic surgery results, risks, costs, and recovery times. Of course, there are also tangible benefits related to plastic surgery, including greater self-esteem and self-confidence.
To help you learn more, we’ve created a quick guide to this hot new plastic surgery trend.
Is Teen Plastic Surgery Legal?
Teen plastic surgery under the age of 18 is only legal when parents sign consent forms. Over the age of 18, teens may seek out plastic surgery on their own, as long as they are able to pay for it. The only exception is silicone breast implant plastic surgery, which isn’t legal until a patient is twenty-two years old.
Teens are getting more plastic surgery these days, but they are still a very small segment of the plastic surgery “population”. Since teens are still developing physically and mentally, some plastic surgeons are reluctant to perform lasting procedures on these patients. At the least, reputable, board-certified plastic surgeons will spend a lot of time counseling teens (and parents, if the teen is under 18) about the pros and cons of plastic surgery before taking them on as patients. To find the right plastic surgeon for a teen, check the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.
Since some teens continue to grow past age 19, they may not be fully formed during plastic surgery procedures that take place before this age. If a teen wants implants, it’s vital to let her know that her breasts may not be at peak maturity and fullness yet. As long as she understands this crucial fact, she’ll be ready to make a wise and informed decision about seeking out plastic surgery.
The cost of plastic surgery is the same for teens as it is for older patients. Breast implant surgery will cost about $7,500 dollars, and rhinoplasties (nose jobs) will cost from three to eight thousand dollars, depending on the surgeon’s level of skill and experience. Liposuction will range from $1,500 to $7,500 dollars. Recovery times for each type of surgery vary; usually, it will not take more than a month to recover from even the most invasive forms of plastic surgery. In most cases, recoveries of teens, who are young and strong, will be more rapid than that.