While cosmetic surgery has been thought of as an anti-aging tactic for years, the newest trend seems to be reaching a much younger audience. The number of teenagers interested in plastic surgery has been on the rise and is stronger than ever today. According to a recent article, people under the age of 19 made up 230,000 cosmetic procedures performed in 2013. It’s hard to say why plastic surgery is becoming so popular among the younger generation. Could it be peer pressure taken to an extreme? Or maybe the intense focus that many teens put on social media? Or the press around teen celebrities, like Kylie Jenner’s recent plastic surgery rumors? With more and more teenagers considering plastic surgery, expert Surgeon Dr. Babak Azizzadeh weighs in on the proper course of action that should be taken when treating teenage patients. Dr. Azizzadeh is a world renowned facial plastic surgeon who has been recognized as a Top Doctor by US and World Report. Since his fellowship in facial plastic surgery at the prestigious Harvard Medical School, he has authored five best-selling textbooks including Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation as well as Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets. Dr. Azizzadeh is also the director of the USC Facial Plastic Fellowship Program and has become widely regarded for treating patients of all ages.
Is Teen Plastic Surgery Safe?
As with people of any age, Dr. Azizzadeh spends a great deal of time getting to know each patient and determining if they are a good candidate for surgery and with teenage patients there are a few extra things to consider. First and foremost, Dr. Azizzadeh assesses if the teen is physically ready for surgery. He needs to make sure that their physical growth has peaked in order to provide them with their desired result. Aside from the physical considerations, Dr. Azizzadeh also needs to assess the teen’s emotional and mental well-being. The teen needs to be in a mature and positive state of mind and demonstrate a clear understanding of their aesthetic goals. Dr. Azizzadeh won’t operate on teenage patients if he feels that they are not both physically and emotionally ready for surgery. It is also important that the teen’s parents are actively involved in the entire surgery process. They must be in the same frame of mind as the teen and the surgeon so that everyone involved is on the same page. Undergoing plastic surgery is a big decision and requires a commitment from the teen patient, their parents and the surgeon to ensure the best results possible.
What Types of Plastic Surgery are Teens Interested In?
There are both surgical and non-surgical procedures that teens typically look for. Teenage patients that are seeking surgery are usually looking to have a rhinoplasty or otoplasty, or chin augmentation. A teenage rhinoplasty procedure is a surgery that addresses the patient’s cosmetic or functional concerns about their nose. An otoplasty procedure helps to correct ear protrusion. A chin augmentation is a surgery that alters the aesthetics of the chin by using a chin implant or reducing the chin by shaving off excess bone. By nature, teens can be very self-aware and easily embarrassed if something bothers them about their appearance. If they are deemed a good candidate for surgery, these procedures can drastically improve teenage patient’s self-esteem.
Botox is also becoming popular among teenage patients. In fact nearly 18,000 teens got Botox injections in 2013, and the number is rising today. While Botox is most commonly known for smoothing facial wrinkles, many teen patients get treated as a preventative measure to avoid developing future fine lines.
What are the Benefits of Teenage Plastic Surgery?
Teenage plastic surgery has become a popular topic in the media with young celebrities leading the way for teen patients. This recent awareness has resulted in various opinions about the topic. While some people feel that teens are far too young for plastic surgery, there are some very real benefits of treating teenage patients. Dr. Azizzadeh believes that if the teen is a good candidate for surgery (meaning that they are in the right physical and mental state) it can be a positive life changing event. It helps build confidence for teens that have always been self-conscious, and when performed in an ethical way can set the stage for a successful future.
Schedule a Teenage Consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh Today!
Expert surgeon Dr. Azizzadeh has years of experience getting to know and working with teenage patients. If you or your teen is considering a facial procedure, call The CENTER for Facial Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh (310) 657-2203.