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Millicent Odunze, M.D.

Too Young for Plastic Surgery - Two Sisters' Regrets

By February 18, 2013

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I just read a story about two sisters, Jennifer age 23, and Karen age 20 who started having plastic surgery at age 15 and 14, respectively. They both eventually had more plastic surgery. They are now unhappy with their appearance because the surgical enhancements draw unwanted attention. Their surgeries included breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, and Brazilian butt lift.

While most plastic surgery is elective, that does not mean it should be taken lightly. Yes, some teenagers may be quite mature, but when it comes to matters of making permanent changes to one's appearance, it may be best to leave such changes until adulthood. Bodies and attitudes towards the body are in constant flux in the teen years. What seems like a good idea at age 15 may seem awful at a later age.

If you have a teen considering plastic surgery, it is important to consider the four M's:

  • Maturity
  • Motivation
  • Mentality
  • Mindfulness

For more details on special considerations for teenagers desiring plastic surgery: What to Do if Your Teenager Wants Plastic Surgery: Special Considerations for Younger Patients

March 14, 2013 at 6:01 am
(1) Plastic surgeon says:

Plastic surgery procedures untill adulthood should be forbidden or if allowed at least only after consultation with a psychologist.

March 27, 2013 at 5:52 am
(2) Kristy says:

Omg, 14 and 15? They were too young for plastic surgery. I also went for a breast augmentation Toronto procedure, but after I gave birth to two children and I was 35 year old. These days, more and more persons go for plastic surgery at a young age….

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