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My Teenager Wants Plastic Surgery: Are They Too Young?

Posted April 5, 2021 in Breast Reduction, Teenage Plastic Surgery

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The question of whether teens should undergo plastic surgery can be a thorny subject. In recent years, teenage plastic surgery has become more prevalent. 

As a parent, you want what is best for your children, but how do you tell if your teen is old enough to consider plastic surgery as an option?

Young teenager doing homework in front of a computer.

If your teen is asking for plastic surgery, you may be worried they are too young to make this type of difficult decision. 

At the end of the day, the choice to allow your child to undergo plastic surgery lies with you, and everyone needs to be on board. An important part of this situation is carefully considering the desired procedure in the context of your teen’s unique situation.

Sometimes, teens just need to change the way they see their bodies and think about themselves; other times, the underlying desire for plastic surgery is to address a more serious concern that can impair the normal development of healthy self-esteem. 

For instance, a large nose or significant breast asymmetry may attract ridicule from other kids, causing long-lasting psychological trauma. In these and other similar situations, plastic surgery may be an acceptable option.

What Are the Top Cosmetic Procedures for Teens?

Let us look at some common teen plastic surgery procedures, why teens want them, and how they work to increase overall confidence.

Should My Teen Consider Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is one of the most requested cosmetic surgical procedures for teens who want to enhance the balance of their facial features by improving the appearance of a large or undesirably shaped nose. The recommended minimum age for the procedure is 16 years for girls and 17 years for boys. The nose must be fully developed.

Having it performed too early can damage the growth centers in the nose, resulting in major nasal deformities. It’s better to wait until such a time when the facial bone growth is complete.

Should My Daughter Consider Breast Reduction?

The teenage years can be difficult for many young girls, especially as they see their breasts develop. This can be made even more difficult if their breasts develop more than their peers. Sadly, social ridicule due to this situation is common, and it is uncomfortable for many teenage girls who realize their large breast size does not match the rest of their bodies. 

Breast reduction surgery is performed on girls with overly large breasts that cause physical discomfort (back and shoulder pain), restrict activity, or cause emotional distress. 

It is most successful when performed after the breasts are fully grown in the late teens or early adult years.

Breast surgery can also be performed to correct significantly asymmetrical breasts.

Should My Teenager Consider Plastic Surgery?

It is not necessary to have to watch as your teenager endures social pressures and taunts that could be detrimental to their self-esteem and the choices they make. Under the guidance of Dr. Spies and his medical team, we will help you and your teenager find a safe approach. 

Contact us today at 480-359-1019 or fill our online form to schedule a consultation.

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Dr. Spies is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and highly experienced in breast lift surgery for over 35 years. If interested in undergoing this procedure, please feel free to call 480-359-1019 to schedule a consultation.

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Dr. Spies' office is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona just adjacent to the Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center


Robert J. Spies, M.D.
5410 N Scottsdale Rd C 100
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Tel: 480-359-1019