Back in 1997, the number of teenagers that had plastic surgery procedures was around 60,000. Now, the American Society of Plastic Surgery reports that that number has increased immensely. In fact, back in 2003, 225,000 teenagers in the U.S. had plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction, and non-surgical treatments. This number is only expected to grow which means parents may be approached by teens that may want plastic surgery for a number of reasons ranging from self-esteem issues, to simply wanting to look better.
If your teenager asks you about getting plastic surgery, your main concern should be finding out why your teenager wants to have a certain procedure performed. Keep in mind, sometimes teens want plastic surgery because they want to fit in and are struggling with their self image. Other times, very mature teenagers may want procedures to not only improve their appearance, but also a physical defect. For example, a teenager that has a hard time breathing may wish to have rhinoplasty. Should you have questions concerning your teen and plastic surgery, contact the West Coast Plastic Surgery Center today and speak with an experienced Westlake Village plastic surgeon who can address your questions.