Why do people support teenage girls getting cosmetic surgery?
There are many factors a plastic must consider when deciding on elective cosmetic procedures.
1: the physical growth of the patient
2: the emotional and psychological aspect of the patient.
3: the ability of the patient to understand the surgery, recovery, and risks of the patient
4: The social and physical impact of the problem
5: the magnitude of the problem
6: the realistic expectations of the patient
Patients below the age of 18 can make their own decision but have to meet the above criteria.
Patients below the age of 18 has to have their parents consent and be on board. There are few cosmetic procedures done under the age of 18, like ottoplasty, rhinoplasty, cleft lip and palate deformities.
You best resource is this site and the position paper on the the subject by the American Siciety of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. www.surgery.org
The best way to describe why young women have plastic surgery is an example. Imagine you a very attractive health athletic young girl that has her grandfathers large protruding bent nose. This physical defect deters from your overall appearance causing the peers around you call you a witch or worse. Now lets assume that this physical deformed can be removed and your appearance enhanced. The procedure is permanent and revisions are infrequent. Would you proceed with this physical change or spend the rest of your life with your grandfathers nose??
In short society finds the attractive youthful individual more appealing in most situations. This is why news reporters are typically very pleasant in appearance. It distracts from the bad news?
From the beginning of time the appealing human form has been prized by most societies. Plastic surgery allows for the enhancement, restoration and rejuvenation of the human form. Best,
Gar R Culbertson, MD, FACS