While cosmetic surgery is often associated with women, recent statistics have revealed that men and teens are now also reaping the benefits of plastic surgery as well. In fact, otoplasty (ear correction surgery) was the most common plastic surgery procedure in 2012 amongst teens. Here at our Houston plastic surgery practice, we also cater to teens who wish to improve their physical appearance, whether it’s an otoplasty or a Houston laser hair removal procedure. Below is a quick guide on plastic surgery for teens. Initial Consultation for Houston Teen Plastic Surgery Keep in mind that not all teens are ideal candidates for plastic surgery. Dr. Cortés will spend a lot of time in assessing whether the teen in question is physically and emotionally mature. During the initial consultation, the following will be thoroughly assessed and discussed: Physical Maturity – The target body part should have fully grown and developed as continued growth will most likely negate the benefits of surgery later on. Emotional Maturity – Obsession with appearance should not be a valid reason for teens to have plastic surgery. Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) is quite common amongst this age groups hence the need for a thorough assessment. When desiring plastic surgery, the teen should have realistic expectations and should be doing it for the right reasons. Risks and Expected Recovery Times – This will be discussed alongside the teen’s parent/guardian. Risks and measures to avoid them from happening will be part of the consultation. 3 Common Plastic Surgeries for Teens Based on recent figures by the ASAPS (American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery), the following are the most common plastic surgeries in teens: Otoplasty – As mentioned earlier, ear correction surgeries surged in number in 2012. This procedure is recommended for children around the ages of 5 and 6, when they are about to go to school. The surgery will most likely eliminate the likelihood of bullying and emotional trauma from teasing in school Male Breast Reduction – This surgery is performed amongst boys with gynecomastia or excessive breast development associate with hormonal problems or weight gain. Rhinoplasty – This nose-reshaping procedure is the most common aesthetic surgical procedure amongst teens in 2012. Recommended ages for boys to have rhinoplasty is between 13 to 14 while girls should be roughly between 15 to 16. That’s when the nasal structures have fully developed. Houston Plastic Surgery for Teens A thorough discussion of your plastic surgery goals with Dr. Cortés will significantly help address your concerns, especially if you’re a teen thinking about cosmetic procedures to improve and enhance your overall look. Fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment with Dr. Cortés via email. You can also call us at (713) 234-6244. Together, we will review your goals, expectations, and medical history to advise you regarding your options and provide you the highest quality care.