As reported in a recent article in Skin & Allergy News, teenagers who undergo cosmetic surgery in general have a better surgical recovery and shorter healing period.
In addition, it was also determined that patients under the age of 18 have cosmetic surgery procedures at a more even break across genders. While over 90% of adult cosmetic procedures are performed on women, the split is more balanced for the 18 and under patient population. Closer to one third of all cosmetic procedures for patients under age of 18 are performed on males.
Although only 1.4% of cosmetic procedures are performed on patients who are 18 or younger, this number is still almost 35,000 surgical procedures. Most of these procedures are done to address clear physical issues that pose a potential psychological issue for patients.
Dr. Mary H. McGrath, who was interviewed for this article, stated that, “When we do cosmetic surgery in teenagers, it is remarkably conflict free, compared with other medical interventions in teenagers, and compared with other age groups.” In Dr. McGrath’s words, they tend to “sail through surgery more easily.”
One possible reason for this may be the dramatic physical changes which are already occurring at this time. This may mean that the body is already primed to deal with healing and physical changes.
For patients 18 years and younger, the most common cosmetic procedures are:
Generally, for patients younger than 18 years of age, cosmetic surgery such as breast augmentation or rhinoplasty is performed to address an obvious physical deformity or condition, such as severely imbalanced breasts or breathing conditions partially caused by nasal anatomy.
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