Can Teenagers Have Cosmetic Surgery? Teen Plastic Surgery

If asking whether a teen can have plastic surgery, the answer is obviously yes. But in truth the answer should more or less be dependent upon the circumstances involved. There are many things that can happen in youth that may cause life altering scars or deformations. If a teenager is forced to go through the teen years without remedying these deformations, then they may have issues with their self esteem and emotional well being. In cases like this it would be imperative to have a plastic surgery procedure done, but in these cases it would more or less be considered a reconstructive surgery.

However, more and more teens today want the look of a movie star or music artist. They want that perfect body that they see in the magazines and on their television sets. Chances are that if a teenager decides that they want a procedure done it is because of this. It is for this reason that the problem lies. To use the concept of having a body like an idol is in truth a sign that their mind has not truly matured sufficiently to make the decision. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a plastic surgeon should say no to the operation for this reason alone. The sad truth is that many surgeons will not say no if the cash is on the table.

Of course teenagers can have plastic surgery, only if they can understand the effect that the surgery may cause. The only safe assumption is from the FDA who has officially stated that no person under the age of 18 can undergo a breast augmentation. Other than this small piece of legislature, the government has made not attempt to interfere with teenagers being able to have a procedure done.

It is always better to be safe rather than sorry. For most teenagers, development is still underway, and any plastic surgery can actually make things worse if done while the body is still growing. Make sure that you ask as many questions as you possibly can and research the procedure as well so that you are as informed about the procedure that you can possibly be. If you are a teenager wanting plastic surgery or even if you are a parent, talking together about this decision is a very important part of ensuring that you have the right information that is needed to make a proper decision.

Source by Dr. Jim Greene