One’s teenage years will almost always have its own story of awkward moments — from discovering that you just had your first menstruation to finding out that your voice has suddenly become deeper. At around this time, boys and girls also begin to be more conscious of their appearance and may even contemplate about having plastic surgery.
Before making the decision as to whether or not the plastic surgery of your teen’s choice is appropriate for him or her, the following questions may help you:
- Who wants to have the plastic surgery? Is it your teen or someone else like a friend or family member? The teen alone must be fully committed to having the surgery and not coaxed by someone else.
- Is the plastic surgery of your teen’s choice a reconstructive or cosmetic procedure? By and large, reconstructive procedures such as otoplasty, rhinoplasty and male breast reduction is appropriate for teens as they can help boost self-confidence.
- Is your teen already emotionally and cognitively mature to handle the demands during the procedure itself and the recovery period?
- Does your teen have realistic expectations of the procedure?
- Is the teen’s desire to have plastic surgery consistent or is it just fleeting?
Although most people would assume that plastic surgery in teens is often driven by vanity and superficiality, we understand here at our practice that it is quite different in reality. There are certain circumstances such as bullying that make plastic surgery a necessity for teens.
If you’re a parent of a child or teen who have been thinking of having plastic surgery,we’d love to help you out! Call us at 818.380.3130 or fill out this contact form to set up an appointment with us. We look forward to your visit!