What is the Right Age for Plastic Surgery?
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, in 2013 there were a total of 63,623 cosmetic surgical procedures performed on patients age 13-19. Overall, this represented a 5% decrease over 2012 statistics. The top five procedures included:
- Nose reshaping: 30,672
- Breast augmentation: 8,234
- Male breast reduction: 5,866
- Ear surgery: 6,871
- Liposuction: 3,155
This age group also had 155,941 cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures performed (a 3% decrease over 2012 numbers), with the top five being:
- Laser hair removal: 69,402
- Laser skin resurfacing: 25,377
- Laser treatment for leg veins: 18,972
- BOTOX or Dysport: 17,978
- Microdermabrasion: 9,640
These statistics raise the question: What is the right age for cosmetic surgery in Aurora?
There is no concrete answer to this question. Every person’s situation is unique and there are some instances when plastic surgery is necessary to improve physical characteristics that cause serious physical or mental distress.
Patients under age 18 must have parental consent before they can be approved for cosmetic surgery. This limitation is set to ensure that the teenager:
- Has the right motivations for surgery
- Is not requesting surgery at the recommendation of another person
- Fully understands the risks and benefits of surgery
- Has realistic expectations
- Is physically and emotionally mature enough to handle surgery
Patients of all ages must remember that while having plastic surgery can help boost your self-confidence, it will not instantly increase your popularity, solve all of your problems or make you a completely different person.
If you are considering plastic surgery, but aren’t sure if you are at the right age to have a certain procedure, schedule a Cosmetic Consultation to learn more about the options that exist. Dr. Serota at Advacned Cosmetic Surgery Center cannot guarantee that he will approve every patient’s request for cosmetic surgery; but he will take time to listen to your concerns, assess your medical health and give you an honest answer about your treatment options.
You or your teenager might be a good candidate for Aurora breast implants, nose reshaping, liposuction or other types of procedures. The only way to know for sure is by having the free Cosmetic Consultation. Contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center today at 303-367-9000 or serotamd.com.