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Is Plastic Surgery On Your Teen’s “Back to School” List?

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Is Plastic Surgery On Your Teen’s “Back to School” List?

shutterstock_152449937The first day of school is usually an exciting time for teenagers. While they’re sad summer vacation is over, the fall semester presents the opportunity to show off their new wardrobe, a tan, hairstyles, and even erasing that embarrassing feature thanks to summertime plastic surgeries.

Before returning back to school, many students take advantage of their free time to schedule and undergo plastic surgery. This gives them plenty of time to recover without having to face the more obvious route of walking school halls with evidence that they just had something done, such as a dressing or bandage. The safety and minimally invasive techniques used for plastic surgery has created quite a bit of popularity among teens. Especially when certain physical characteristics cause embarrassment or drops in self esteem.

Media brings cosmetic procedures into most homes on a daily basis, whether through social outlets, TV, or magazines. While plastic surgery would have been shocking for teens a decade ago, minor procedures are becoming more prevalent than ever.

Popular Procedures for Youth

Among the more than 15 million cosmetic procedures done annually in the U.S., the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons estimates that individuals below the age of 19 account for over 200,000 of those.  

At my office in El Paso, I frequently see teen girls and boys who simply want to overcome features that restrict their confidence. The most popular are the surgeries for noses, breasts, ears, and acne scarring. The ASPRS also says that teenagers are more likely to pursue a more natural look, in an effort to ease their daily social lives.

Operations like rhinoplasty, which affect the nasal structure, are more likely to be sought during long holiday breaks like summer vacation. This approach gives your teen the time to heal and prepare for the new semester without everyone else knowing that they had surgery. At Southwest Plastic Surgery, we want to ensure that we only provide services that will suit your teen’s natural facial structures.

The New Norm

Before and After RhinoplastyWhen celebrities promote the latest work they’ve had done, it impacts and influences those of us who pay attention – including teens. Having cosmetic procedures has become very acceptable normal, even for young celebrities, like the super stars Kylie and Kendall Jenner.

Because many teens experience a dip in their self-confidence upon reaching puberty, bullying someone for their physical characteristics in an environment like school plays a big part in making the decision to get a bit of plastic surgery done.

When I work with teens concerned about the way they look, my goal is to help them feel beautiful with features that look natural. It doesn’t take a lot to go a long way in a young person’s life – especially if a crooked nose, big ears, or small breasts are having such a huge impact on their social life. With so much time left to recover, summer break makes the perfect time for teens to slide a bit of cosmetic work into their schedule.

Dr. Agullo, at Southwest Plastic Surgery in El Paso, is happy to help patients of all ages enjoy the confidence that they need to enjoy the life that they deserve. Contact us today to schedule a consultation! You can make an appointment with Dr. Agullo by calling (915) 590-7900 or by filling out our online contact form

The Top Five Things to Know About Teen Plastic Surgery

According to a recent study published by The New York Daily News, there has been a recent uptick in the number of teens getting plastic surgery done. Most occur during breaks in school, such as holiday or summer vacations. The study also shows that teens use the plastic surgery for an entirely different purpose than their parents; primarily to “fit in”.

On the other hand, adult plastic surgery patients are typically trying to fix things they are unhappy about, while trying to stand out and look better than their peers. It is a way of trying to defy the signs of aging. While similar, the teen patients mostly undertook the surgery to fix a major flaw so that they can better fit in socially, and the grownups did it to look younger.

According to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, of the 15.1 million cosmetic procedures that occur in the United States a year, only about 236,000 of those are done to teens.  And yet, it may be important to understand what purposes teens may have to undergo plastic surgery.

So, here are the top five things to know about teens that are choosing to get cosmetic work done:

  1. The most common areas teens get plastic surgery is their ears, nose, acne scars, and breasts. This means teens are going to areas on their bodies that typically are causing them social embarrassment and emotional pain.
  2. Most procedures for teens are scheduled in advance to happen during the summer or winter breaks. In addition to getting to recuperate without missing classes, the time away makes it much less of a noticeable change to the peers around them.
  3. Plastic surgeons will not operate on a teen patient with body features that both look and function fine. This means teens really only allowed to fix things that will help them to fit in and make their lives easier.
  4. Teens don’t want people to notice that they have had cosmetic work done. Since teens are only doing the procedure to fit in socially anyway, they’d rather not get the scrutiny from their peers.
  5. 50 percent of teens would change something about themselves surgically if they could. A study published in March from the British charity Ditch the Label found half of surveyed teens said they would definitely change something about their appearance if they could. Teeth whitening was still on the top of the list.

Whenever Dr. Agullo works on teens at Southwest Plastic Surgery of El Paso, TX, they must meet with us in person with a guardian present. We explain the procedure thoroughly before we will agree to alter them in any way, and the teen must be of a decisive age, along with permission granted from their parent or legal guardian. Plastic surgery is a big decision for anyone, but under the care of a skilled plastic surgeon, it can greatly improve the confidence of both teens and adults alike.

To schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Frank Agullo, please contact Southwest Plastic Surgery. Call us at 915-590-7900, or fill out our online contact form for more information.

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