Anyone who has been a teen knows how difficult it can be, because it is a time when young adults feel most awkward. Now more than ever teens have access to cosmetic dentists and surgeons who can fix crooked teeth, acne, excess fat and physical abnormalities. Shortcuts are a natural enticement for a quick solution to a looming problem. As plastic surgery has become more popular and present in popular culture, it is accepted that cosmetic procedures are a quick way to attain desired physical looks. And teenage males are among those buying in.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, teenagers ages 13-19 had 230,000 procedures in 2011, with treatment to reduce gynecomastia, the condition of enlarged male breasts, taking second place with 14,371. Rhinoplasty was first place (33,892), breast augmentation placed third (8,892), and otoplasty, an operation to alter external ears, was fourth (7,489).
Teens are also opting for less invasive procedures such as Botox, laser skin resurfacing and laser hair removal.
“Teens are their own worst critics, which is why these statistics come as no surprise to me,” said Dr. Andrew Miller a plastic surgeon in Staten Island :www.associatesinplasticsurgery.com/blog/ . “But instead of focusing on changing the way they look, they are simply improving upon what is already there.”