A Rise in Cosmetic Surgeries Among Teens
News of Kylie Jenner admitting to getting lip fillers when she was just 17 years old caused quite a stir. Many online were shocked, and some even expressing anger. The fact is, however, she’s just one of thousands of teenagers going under the knife for cosmetic procedures.
A Teen Trend
In 2014, almost 64,000 cosmetic surgery patients were aged 13 to 19, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Many industry professionals expect the number to rise in the next few years. A little over 160,000 patients in the same age group, meanwhile, had undergone cosmetic, minimally-invasive procedures in the same period.
Most of the underage patients choose to get the procedures during their summer vacation. Teenagers generally heal faster than adults, which is why they choose to get the procedures during vacations, with Labor Day, Easter, and Christmas proving to be the most popular times.
Face the Problem
Some of the most popular procedures for teens are rhinoplasty, breast reduction for males and females, liposuction, dermabrasion, and lip augmentation.
HogueClinics.com explains that lip augmentation, liposuction and other cosmetic surgery procedures are generally safe. Their Juvéderm® lip augmentation service uses naturally-occurring body substances, and are thus safe for most patients.
Not Just for the Young
Another study suggests cosmetic surgery procedures are not just for the young. Many baby boomers who are well into their golden years are undergoing surgeries to feel and look younger.
Results show safety and effectiveness of the procedures were not causes of concern for the seniors. Postoperative complications for elderly patients aged 65 and up, including octogenarians, remain safe.
Despite a few complications, the seniors who were studied had an acceptable complication rate compared to the younger patients.
Patients of all ages are urged to consult with their loved ones and doctors first before undergoing any procedures. Your cosmetic surgeons will give you a more in-depth understanding of the importance and risks associated with certain procedures.
Whatever your reasons, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and know as much as you can about the operation.