Cosmetic surgery on many grads' wish lists

August 1, 2011

Cosmetic surgery on many grads' wish lists
Cosmetic surgery on many grads' wish lists

With graduation season upon us, many people are looking for the perfect gift for recent high school and college graduates. While trips, cars and cold hard cash are often on the top of many grads' wish lists, others are asking their families to pay for their cosmetic surgeries.

Doctors say that they often have an increase in inquiries from younger patients during the summer. Many recent graduates say summer vacation is an ideal time to enhance or improve their appearance before embarking on the next chapter in their lives, whether it's going to college or entering the workforce.

Breast reduction, breast augmentation, rhinoplasty procedures, liposuction and skin resurfacing are among the most commonly requested procedures for young graduates, according to ClickOnDetroit.com.

"I've been thinking about having it since I was sixteen," recent college graduate Melissa Mato, who recently underwent a breast reduction, told the news provider. "I'm glad I didn't do it as a high schooler. But I'm also glad I didn't wait any longer. It was kind of now or never. I knew if I didn't do it now, life was going to happen to me and I was going to get into a career and I would never take time out to do it for myself."

Like Mato, many young women opt for breast reduction surgery to enhance their appearance as well as alleviate the back and neck pain that are commonly experienced by those with large breasts.

The reasons young patients undergo breast enlargement surgeries vary and include purely cosmetic reasons, severe asymmetry and underdevelopment.

In addition, some are opting to undergo surgery before the age of 18. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports that more than 4,150 breast augmentations and almost 3,900 breast reductions were performed on women aged 18 and under in 2010.

Some who are unhappy with their appearance opt to have more than one procedure done at the same time. Doctors say that young patients often combine breast and nose surgeries.

And, while plastic surgery has long been associated with a painful and lengthy recovery period, new surgical techniques are allowing patients who undergo a procedure to recuperate much more rapidly.

It is especially important to consult a board certified plastic surgeon when making decisions with a recent graduate or a teenager. There will likely be an assessment gauging physical and emotional maturity, expectations and of course, the risks and expected recovery times. 


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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