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Plastic Surgery and Teenagers: To Do or Not To Do

Plastic Surgery For Teenagers
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  • February 13, 2019

Has your teenager expressed interest in cosmetic surgery? Booking a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss the benefits and risks of having plastic surgery at a young age can be very helpful in making the safest, and most informed decision.


Plastic surgery is becoming increasingly popular amongst teenagers, who are interested in having cosmetic work done to enhance their appearance.

Some of the treatments that are being sought out by this age-group include:

  • Breast augmentation/reduction
  • Liposuction
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Botox

Is plastic surgery a good idea for your teenager? When it comes to cosmetic surgery, no two cases are the same. The ultimate responsibility you have, as a parent, is helping your teenager understand the risks and benefits associated with plastic surgery, and helping them make the safest and best choice for their specific situation.

Quality Care and Plastic Surgery at our Edmonton Clinic

At our Edmonton clinic, our board-certified plastic surgeon is committed to providing quality surgical care to all patients, including younger individuals who are ready to take that step. During a consultation, Dr. Ladak can help guide you through all the steps of plastic surgery to ensure you’re making the safest and wisest choice for your teenager.

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4 Reasons Teenagers Consider Plastic Surgery

Today, an increasing number of teenagers are seeking plastic surgery as a way to enhance their physical appearance. From liposuction to breast augmentation, these young patients want these treatments for reasons such as:

  • They want to eliminate any scarring (eg. acne scarring)
  • Plastic surgery results in dramatic psychological and physical improvements
  • It improves the symmetry and proportions of the body
  • It can improve self-confidence and self-esteem

Why Should I Consider Plastic Surgery For My Teenager?

The most important step before deciding whether plastic surgery is right for your teen is booking a consultation with a plastic surgeon.

They can use their knowledge and expertise to assess your child and determine if your teenager:

  • Wants plastic surgery for the right reasons (for themselves and not to please others)
  • Has the emotional maturity to handle cosmetic surgery
  • Has the family and peer support required to help them through the recovery period
  • Understands the risks of the procedure
  • Has realistic expectations of the surgical outcomes
  • Is at the appropriate stage in growth and development for the best and longest lasting results

By discussing the risks and benefits of cosmetic surgery, a plastic surgeon will paint a very realistic picture of what your teenager should expect from such treatment, ensuring that both you and your child are well informed to make the right decision.

Is Plastic Surgery The Right Choice? 3 Factors To Consider

While there are many benefits to cosmetic surgery, it is a very big step, and so it’s important to ensure that your teenager wants to do it for the right reasons. Before a young patient undergoes any treatment, there are a few things to consider:

  1. Cosmetic surgery is not a miracle procedure. Your teenager should understand that cosmetic surgery isn’t going to make them more popular or help them win approval from their peers.
  2. Many cosmetic surgeries are quite invasive, and like all surgical procedures, there are risks, complications, and side effects. Your teenager should consider all of these when making their decision about the treatment.
  3. Many surgeons won’t perform cosmetic surgery on patients younger than 16 years because, at this point in time, bodies are still growing and maturing. This means that features may change as the body continues to fully mature.

Choosing the Right Plastic Surgeon For Your Teen

If you do decide that cosmetic surgery is right for your teenager, then the next step is to find an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon. To ensure the best and safest results, make sure to ask your surgeon the following:

  • How many procedures has he/she done?
  • What are his/her qualifications and what training has (s)he had?
  • How many procedures does (s)he perform annually?
  • What are the results of their previous surgeries?

Ask for referrals: Asking for referrals is a great way to get a better idea of your surgeon’s abilities and it will help you make the most informed decision about which path is right for you.

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To find out more about the pros and cons of plastic surgery for teenagers, and how we can help you make the safest decision when it comes to your teen’s health and well-being, contact Dr. Ladak at 780-407-6691 or fill in our online contact form.

 

Dr. Adil Ladak is a board-certified plastic surgeon based in Edmonton, Alberta and specializes in a variety of cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures.


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