Teen patients turn to plastic surgery to boost self esteem
November 29, 2010
According to recent statistics, 210,000 people who were between 13 and 19 had plastic surgery in 2009. While the procedures may be similar to adults who have surgery, the reasons are markedly different, ABC News reports.
Experts say that the most common reason for adults to undergo plastic surgery is to stand out from the crowd, but for teenagers, like 18-year-old Caitlin Clemons, it is used to boost self esteem.
Clemons decided to undergo breast augmentation after seeing the impressive results her mother and sister enjoyed from the surgery.
"I've always judged myself," she told the news source. "I've always looked at my friends, my sister and just kind of picked at myself, picked at my body and pulled out every imperfection that I could find."
An important fact to keep in mind, breast augmentation is only approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients over the age of 18, the news provider reports.
Teen plastic surgery may have a positive impact on physical and emotional development, but there are many factors to consider before having surgery. For anyone who is considering plastic surgery, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is essential.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world's leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; Active Members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures. International Active Members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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