Reasons to consider cosmetic surgery for adolescents

Sep 23, 2014, 4:00am

Often the desire for plastic surgery reflects a desire for improvements in quality of life, and it is the adolescent’s quality of life that parents and physicians should consider.

Gia Washington, Ph.D.'Yes' answers to these questions would likely be reasons to consider cosmetic surgery in adolescence, according to Gia Washington, Ph.D.:

  • Is the adolescent’s physical appearance of cleft lip, asymmetrical breasts, protruding chin and nose, or severe acne making it difficult for them to enjoy an expected quality of life?

  • Are they unable to meet the expected developmental milestones of adolescence such as making and establishing friends, obtaining independence from family, attending social activities, etc. because of damage to their confidence and self-esteem related to the esthetic concern?

  • Are they being teased mercilessly by peers or even adults about these conditions?   

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