Although Dr. Jeff Popp doesn’t treat many teenagers, he knows there are many teens insecure about their appearance who would gladly confer with a cosmetic surgeon.
“There are some things unique to that age group,” he said. “While it’s true we all have such insecurities, whether it’s odd body shapes or big ears, these issues can devastate young adults.”
He said teenagers are more likely to comment directly to the person or make fun of them. And with the proliferation of social media, teens, as well as adults, can say hurtful things anonymously.
Adults share teen insecurities
Adults may also have these same insecurities but they are more likely to keep it to themselves or talk about it in a better- protected environment.
Dr. Popp said there’s not a big difference in the motivations of a 16-year-old versus a 60-year-old when it comes to cosmetic surgery.
“It’s all about being unhappy about the way they look, for whatever reason,” he said.
The age of consent is an issue. A 16-year old can’t sign a consent form for cosmetic surgery. A parent or legal guardian must do that, which means the parents are engaged and on board.
“With the kids I do see, that’s universally the case. It’s rare to see an underage kid come in and he’s doing it all on his own,” Dr. Popp said.
Teens should go through puberty before they have procedures done. This is especially crucial for girls – secondary sexual characteristics emerge during puberty. Girls’ stomachs become more rounded, their hips expand and breasts develop.
“Someone who is 60-years-old is fully developed and has no such issues,” he said.
Dr. Popp always tells parents not to force cosmetic procedures on their children.
“If I suspect the parents are motivating or pushing the child for a procedure, I’m not interested,” he said.
“I’m all for cosmetic surgery but it’s an individual choice. It really needs to come from the heart and soul of the person who wants to do it.”
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