Plastic Surgery for the High School Grad

Jennifer Galvan

by Jennifer Galvan | September 26, 2011 @ 10:00AM

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Graduation HappinessNot long ago, it was quite common to give a recent high school grad a brand new, shiny car. Oh how times have changed! Now, the gift of choice seems to be cosmetic plastic surgery – from nose reshaping to breast enhancement, today’s teens are more interested in going under the knife than cruising around town in a new ride. 

As plastic surgery becomes more popular and Hollywood favorites discuss their own experiences with cosmetic enhancements, the younger generation is more inclined to undergo a procedure. Dr. Anthony Youn, a cosmetic plastic surgeon in Detroit, has expressed that he sees a large amount of high school graduates who are interested in plastic surgery. “I’m actually shocked by the amount of teenagers that are having plastic s done and breast augmentations for high school graduations. And that’s something that I think is a very troubling trend.” Troubling, indeed. Many teens may not realize that plastic surgery is often invasive and carries serious risks that they must carefully consider. Additionally, these procedures can cost quite a penny, which is also something that most teens don’t realize.

And who pays for these procedures? Why, mom and dad, of course! However, now that more surgeons like Dr. Youn are speaking out about their concerns, there are many parents who are putting their foot down and saying “No” to their teens’ requests. This leaves the patient on his/her own to save up for the surgery. As the school year begins, several students may be in search of a part-time job…or two or three…to pay for their procedures.

Although patients must be at least 18 years of age to undergo plastic surgery, these patients are not taking into consideration that they may not be fully developed yet. Teenage girls may want larger breasts but what they fail to recognize is that their bodies may still change in the next few years. The same can be said about teens interested in nose surgery. Fortunately, if the patient visits a qualified, experienced surgeon, these factors can be thoroughly discussed during a consultation.

Are there any parents who have had requests for plastic surgery from their teens? Or any teens who made the request? We’d love for you to share your story in the comments below!

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