Plastic Surgery for Teens; What’s Safe and What Should Wait

06-07-2019 04:32 am

Juli* first began thinking about plastic surgery for her son shortly after he was born.

He had a condition called which essentially caused his ear to look folded over and misshapen.

When he was 7, his family decided he should have surgery to fix the problem. A doctor had told them the best time to have this type of corrective surgery was between the ages of 5 and 9.

“We were getting within a year of my husband’s retirement from the military and I knew Tricare would cover the entire cost,” Juli explained.

The timing was right. The one drawback?

Juli’s son had never before expressed a desire to have his ears fixed.

The same wasn’t true for Gena*, who, at age 15, badly wanted the nose job her parents allowed her to get.

“My sister had her nose fixed at 17 years old,” she told Healthline. “For as long as I could remember, she would tell me I had a big nose and I would have to get it fixed. She pounded it into my head. I always felt that my nose was too big for my face and made me look unattractive.”

Having grown up in an affluent suburb of Detroit, Gena explained that her decision was not an uncommon one among people she knew.

In fact, a number of her classmates had opted to have a range of cosmetic surgery procedures in their teens.

Looking back, she says she has no regrets about her decision to have the appearance of her nose surgically altered.

“If changing something about yourself will improve your confidence and make you look and feel better, why not?” she said.

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