Usually, when people think of plastic surgery, they think of adults wanting to look beautiful or more striking; they don’t think of teenagers as clients for nose jobs or breast augmentation. Today, teens know about and want the option of surgery to correct defects or physical problems that have caused them to feel uncomfortable and have hurt their self-confidence. If your teenager has expressed interest in plastic surgery, how do you know if he or she is ready to talk to NYC plastic surgeon Dr. Aviva Preminger? While the answer is unique for every parent and child, Preminger Plastic Surgery has provided you with a few things to consider.
What are the types of surgery teens want?
Teens with noses that are too big or crooked or are less than aesthetically pleasing may become quite self-conscious, and as they get older, it gets worse. Boys, whose ears stick out, are also acutely self-conscious. Girls also ask for breast reductions or augmentation; chubby boys ask for their breasts to be reduced. Those with weight problems want liposuction.
When should my teen get plastic surgery?
Any surgery will require some recovery time, which for teens often means missing out on school, sports or other social events. Many teen patients choose to have surgery during their summer vacation when they can recover while school is out and return in the fall for the new school year, a natural time for teens to make a fresh start. The teen must be aware of the recuperation time of the surgery. Teens’ bodies are changing, and a long-term commitment is needed throughout the entire process.
Is my teen ready for plastic surgery?
It’s important that your teen has your support if plastic surgery is what they want, but you should not get the feeling that they are being talked into the idea by anyone else—friends, a significant other or even a physician. Teens often want to fit in; this includes having a body that is well proportioned. They may feel self-conscious about having protruding ears, overly large breasts, or an unusually shaped nose. Plastic surgery can help correct these issues and restore more natural proportions, which in turn brings about positive changes in self-image.
Is this a consistent desire or sudden want?
It is important to be wary if your teen’s desire for plastic surgery seems to have come on suddenly. Make sure that this isn’t a reaction to a current beauty trend or because someone else she knows had surgery and seems happier now. In our experience, the ideal teen candidates are those who have had consistent, lasting desire to change a particular aspect of their appearance, regardless of outside influences.
The consult with Dr. Preminger, Manhattan’s board-certified female plastic surgeon for teens, will be with the teen and his/her parents. Even if the teen is older than the legal age of consent, parental involvement is still encouraged. A period of time to absorb all the information about the process; the teen’s informed consent and even a period to rethink the whole process is needed before the surgeon is sure the decision is the right one. If the teen is suffering psychological problems due to bullying, a psychologist may be needed to weigh in.
Plastic Surgery in NYC for Teens
If your teen is ready for plastic surgery, please contact Preminger Plastic Surgery by calling (866) 201-9828 to schedule a consultation. As a mother of three, Dr. Preminger understands what it means to be a supportive parent and to want only the best for her children. Our caring and knowledgeable team at Preminger Plastic Surgery will partner with you and provide the expertise you and your teen need.
The professionals at Preminger Plastic Surgery are proud to serve clients in Upper East Side of Manhattan, and New York City, NY.