Plastic surgery has been rapidly on the rise this year. With the numbers growing for acceptance of plastic surgery, there is one number that is rapidly shrinking. Every year, more and more teens and young adults are jumping on the plastic surgery bandwagon.
With an incredible 200,000 plastic surgery procedures performed on individuals between the ages of thirteen and nineteen in 2010, according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons, what age is too young to make such a drastic and life altering decision?
With young celebrities like Kylie Jenner, who admittedly received lip injections and possibly breast implants at the age of seventeen, setting an example for young girls, the importance of body image is at an all time high. The glitz and glam of getting that “ideal” curvaceous look is consuming teens and adults across the globe. This led us to ask board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Paul Wigoda, one of the most popular questions buzzing around in today’s tabloids, “how young is TOO young for plastic surgery?”
18 Going On 36” Bust
“Eighteen is usually the cutoff that most plastic surgeons agree on for breast augmentation. You want to make sure the patient is fully grown physically, but probably more important, is their level of maturity” states Dr. Wigoda, who will only perform his Painless Breast Implant surgery on adults eighteen years or older. Dr. Wigoda has performed the Painless Breast Implants procedure on hundreds of women from all over the world, and notes some important factors to consider about age.
The most crucial thing to understand is that no matter how old or mature mentally you may think you are, your body may not be at that same stage of maturity. Most females reach their final adult height at age 15, but may continue to grow and fill out up until age eighteen or twenty-one depending when their menstruation began. Placing implants on someone as young as seventeen when their body is not yet fully developed could lead to changes in the appearance of the breasts that perhaps was not anticipated or planned.
However, mental capacity and maturity is indeed a huge consideration with plastic surgery. No matter if you are a teen or adult, plastic surgery is a choice that needs careful planning and consideration as well as extensive education and cannot be done on impulse. Young adults who choose plastic surgery without proper knowledge often still have insecurities or negative repercussions afterward.
Dr. Wigoda stresses researching your plastic surgeon by reading real patients reviews, meeting with your plastic surgeon, and even taking a tour of their facility to make sure they are AAAASF certified. Remember, no matter your age, you are in control of your own body.
Is There An Exception To The Rule?
Isn’t there always an exception to the rule? “There are some procedures, like ear tucks, breast reductions, and rhinoplasty, where you can make the argument that having these as a teenager is reasonable.” Dr. Wigoda tells us in our interview.
Often times, teens and young children can experience pain or discomfort due to large busts, or extensive teasing and self-esteem issues due to physical appearances. Otoplasty for example, is used to pin back the ears and has extensively been proven to help the confidence of teens and children. Breast reductions are often done on women who are in a great deal of pain when the breasts impede on everyday activities. Should cases like these be denied surgery because they are too young?
Whatever the case, plastic surgery and age is an increasingly slippery slope. As plastic surgery becomes more popular, Dr. Wigoda says the most important thing a surgeon can do to combat issue is to have a policy, and to stick to it.
Are you over the age of eighteen and considering plastic surgery? Contact Dr. Wigoda for a free consultation today!