Monday, June 29, 2009

In Season: Teenage Plastic Surgery

It's the summer, which is known as a popular transition period for teenagers to get plastic surgery. In turn, it's a popular time for the media to come out with their yearly stories on the trends in teenage plastic surgery.

There was just a Today Show segment on the topic, and here's a pretty level-headed article from USA Today by Mary Brophus Marcus.

"According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 160,283 children 18 and under had cosmetic interventions in 2008. The figure was even higher in 2007, tallying 205,119, but industry experts say a slowing economy probably forced the numbers down in 2008. In 2000, the number was just 145,094.

Those under 18 who opt for such procedures are not only children with cleft palates or disfiguring birthmarks. Some children are having more controversial procedures, such as "Asian eye" surgery to widen the appearance of eyes in people of Asian descent. But for the most part, these are otherwise healthy kids looking to improve an awkward but functional feature, such as a large nose or small breasts, says Donn Chatham, a plastic surgeon in Louisville and president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery."

You can find a complete report of 2008's trends in plastic surgery for patients aged 13-19 here, from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

We will soon have a guest blog from Dr. Frederick Lukash, a plastic surgeon in New York who has been at the forefront of teenage plastic surgery for the right reasons.

Dr. Jason Pozner
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, Boca Raton
Sanctuary Plastic Surgery, Boca Raton

Dr. David J. Goldberg
Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, Boca Raton
Skin Laser Surgery Specialists of NY/NJ

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