As reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), a growing number of teenagers are turning to plastic surgery after being bullied at school for their physical appearance. One such example is the story of Nadia Ilse, a teen who underwent rhinoplasty, chin augmentation and ear pinning after repeated bullying for her so-called imperfect looks.
A similar story surfaced last October, when 13-year-old Nicolette Taylor opted for rhinoplasty in New York after bullies taunted her with cruel threats on her Facebook wall. For girls like Nadia and Nicolette and countless others who suffer constant harassment, teen plastic surgery is a blessing for restoring lost self-esteem and enjoying a healthy social life at school.
The girls’ stories highlight a growing trend in society today, and prompted the medical website RealSelf.com to conduct a survey on the issue. Of 650 people interviewed, 68 percent stated they would consider plastic surgery for their teen if they were being bullied at school for their looks.
In 2010, there were 125,397 cosmetic procedures performed on teens age 18 and under, which represents an estimated 1.3 percent of the total, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Otoplasty, or ear pinning, was the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure for this age group in 2010.
Beyond schoolyard bullying, there are myriad reasons why teens turn to plastic surgery, and it’s becoming increasingly accepted. Foremost, the surgery has a high safety profile and poses few risks of significant complications. Second, our society values and rewards physical attractiveness, and plastic surgery may be a safe means for teens to achieve aesthetically pleasing looks and improve self confidence.
The following are the most common teen plastic surgery procedures performed on those 18 and younger, according to ASAPS reports. Of the five surgical procedures, rhinoplasty is the most requested among teens.
Furthermore, the ASAPS states the majority of experts concur that for appropriately screened teenage patients, plastic surgery may have a positive impact on both emotional and physical development.
If you are considering cosmetic surgery in New York, Dr. Loeb performs chin augmentation, rhinoplasty and other common procedures requested by teenagers. All procedures are performed at his private Manhattan surgical suite on Fifth Avenue. For more information about teen rhinoplasty in NYC, or New York chin augmentation, contact Dr. Loeb’s office at 212-327-3700 to schedule a private consultation.