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Is Cosmetic Surgery Appropriate For Teenagers


The problem of cosmetic (aka aesthetic) surgery for teens can be tricky.  In the United States, there is no specific law preventing teens from having cosmetic surgery;  However, parental consent is required for patients under 18 years of age. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the parents to help their children make the right decisions.

Common Cosmetic Surgery in Adolescents

In 2013, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) released data showing that the number of cosmetic surgeries performed on teenagers has actually been declining steadily over the years, contrary to media reports suggesting otherwise.

The most common surgeries include:

Breast augmentation (breast implants)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers cosmetic breast augmentation to be an off-label use in patients under the age of 18. The FDA has not approved breast augmentation for patients under the age of 18. According to the ASPS, more than 8,000 surgeries were performed on girls aged 18 to 19 in 2013.


Nose jobs are the most requested cosmetic surgery in teenagers.

Breast reduction

This operation is often performed on girls with large breasts, which can cause back and shoulder pain and limit physical activity.  Breast reduction is usually deferred until the breasts are fully developed.  For some boys, excessive breast development (gynecomastia) can become a significant problem.  In these cases, excess tissue may be removed.


This surgery is recommended for children who are approaching the full development of their ears around the age of five or six.

If your teen wants cosmetic surgery

You should express a specific concern and have realistic goals.  Teens who can express concern and have realistic goals for their results are candidates for cosmetic surgery.  For example, a teen who notices a lump on his nose and asks for it to be removed has a specific complaint.  If this teen’s goal is to keep a straight nose and mingle with their peers, and the results are likely to be achieved, this teen may be a good candidate for cosmetic surgery.  If the teen thinks that a straight nose will increase her popularity, the goal is unrealistic and the teen is not a good candidate for surgery.

You must demonstrate maturity and understand the process, risks and implications.  A good candidate for cosmetic surgery is mature enough to understand the limitations required for the procedure, its risks and the recovery period.  The teen who wants to reshape the nose and is unable to change sporting commitments to allow 6-8 weeks for surgery and healing is not yet ready to undergo surgery and is a good fit for surgery.  Not a candidate.  A mature teenager should also understand the possible things that can go wrong and be willing to accept the situation when it does.

You have to apply for surgery.  Parents are never advised to propose plastic surgery.  The idea should come from the child.  Parents can offer their own experiences and want to protect their children from emotional harm.  If a teen has bulging ears, but they don’t bother them, that teen is not a good candidate, even though the ears will respond well to otoplasty.  Parents who want advice for the teenager in this matter can inform the doctor.  If the teenager does not request surgery, the patient does not have consent, even if there is parental consent.