Teen Plastic Surgery Not Uncommon
According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, almost 35,000 plastic surgery procedures were performed in 2011 on children ages 18 and younger. The most common surgical procedures performed in this age group were:
* Otoplasty, or ear surgery such as "pinning back" protruding ears, which is recommended for children as they near total ear development at age 5 or 6.
* Rhinoplasty, which can be performed when the nose has completed 90 percent of its growth (as early as age 13 or 14 in girls and 15 or 16 in boys).
* Breast reduction, usually delayed until the breasts have reached full development.
* Correction of breast asymmetry, when one breast significantly differs from the other either in size or shape. (Except in cases of asymmetry and post trauma reconstruction, federal regulations prohibit breast implants for those younger than 18.)
* Treatment of gynecomastia, or excessive breast development in boys.
Learn more at surgery.org/sites/default/files/ASAPS-2011-Stats.pdf.