Teens going under the knife: How young is too young to have plastic surgery?

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More teens are turning to plastic surgery to make changes in their lives. Some say it's no different than kids getting braces to fix crooked teeth. Do you think it's appropriate, and how young is to young?

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LaCi - posted on 03/30/2010

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There are no medical reasons to support infant circumcision. I guess I missed that debate but going back through the posts so far it seems to be the general consensus that it is mutilation and the only reasons for it are appearance or the faint possibility that one day it may be infected. So yes, I will maintain circumcision is cosmetic surgery.

LaCi - posted on 03/30/2010

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Circumcision is plastic surgery, when done for no medical reason.

It's really a matter of circumstance. If a child is disfigured and they want something corrected then thats fine, IMO. If a teen has a real issue with one aspect of their body, I can't say they shouldnt be allowed to have it corrected.

But then we fall into things like breast implants, butt implants, vaginoplasty, etc where I don't think it should be done until a person is older. Not because I disagree with it, just because they're still developing.

What I'm really disturbed by is the trend with vaginoplasty now. Pretty good documentary: The Perfect Vagina - http://www.megavideo.com/?v=A2GY7VR7

Hope that link works. At the same time if these are things that are really affecting a persons self esteem, while I'd like to say *it builds character* or *you'll learn to love your body* its not always the case. And Why bother struggling with something that really, really bother you when you can just correct it?

I think the real key to all this is for plastic surgeons to do as we expect them to, to really make good judgement calls on who should and shouldn't have plastic surgery based on their counseling sessions with the patient. They need to draw the line when they think its inappropriate.

Amy - posted on 03/30/2010

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back to the debate at hand..........i'm not even for braces really unless it's something severe. Heck, Jewel and Cher have crooked teeth. It's kinda like a trademark. As far as cosmetic surgery - if it's to fix something that was hurt during an accident or something, fine. reconstruct by all means. But for "fun"? blah. I'll just show them Jennifer Gray and how once she got a nose job, no one would hire her because she wasn't as natural. Hopefully we will teach our children to be strong in who they are so those things aren't important. IF they still think they need it....going to have to wait until they are 18 and have enough money to pay for it themselves because I sure won't.

Lyndsay - posted on 03/30/2010

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I think that people should wait until they are actually finished growing before they should get plastic surgery. My mom got breast implants after her last child (I was 10) and I've wanted them ever since then. I'm 21 now and I still want them, but the best advice I was given regarding that situation is to wait until I'm finished having all my children because pregnancy really changes your body. Kind of the same thing.

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I disagree with plastic surgery unless it's absolutely necessary. Like a dis-figured person. Or new breast when having yours removed after cancer. To get plastic surgery to try & look better, when you already look fine is just nonsense, to me.
In the cases of children.. I do not think they should be allowed. I think 21 is an appropriate age to be considered for plastic surgery. Regardless!

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Emma - posted on 04/04/2010

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I think the only time i would let or even encourage my kid to get it would be for re constructive purposes say they got hurt in an accident or where born with a cleft lip or something along those lines otherwise they would have to wait until they where earning and out my house.
Im not a fan of plastic sugary really for adults ether but there adults and its there body so do what works for you.
The only "cosmetic surgery " i would consider ever doing myself would be the eternal bra as i hate wearing one. but i think i like the idea more in my head than i would in reality as im not sure if the discomfort would be worth it.

Charlene - posted on 04/01/2010

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Just to clarify my earlier post, I don't consider reconstructive or the removal of facial birthmarks the same thing as plastic surgery. I know that technically they are the 'same' thing, but in my mind they are different. :P

Krista - posted on 04/01/2010

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Jessica, how long ago did you get your reduction? I was actually able to breastfeed a bit, and so have other women I've known who have had reductions. Please PM me, and I'll ask you some questions about your situation, and will then give you some tips.

Jessica - posted on 04/01/2010

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I definatly never regretted getting it done, was a HUGE relief off of my back and shoulders! Although, now that I am almost due, I don't actually think I'll be able to breatfeed, that has been the only downside.

Jocelyn - posted on 04/01/2010

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I think that over 18 is a good age (unless it's reconstructive or medical). I was watching...something lol I can't remember...but the girl was 13 and got lipo!!! Her parent's reasoning was "she couldn't loose the weight" I almost fell off my chair. That is complete bull. There was an update at the end and she had gained back most of it (well what they hell did they think would happen?! She didn't change her diet, didn't exercise, nothing!

C. - posted on 04/01/2010

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Jessica, I don't think anybody would look down on you for that. You had a good reason. Having a sister that has the same problem (she was a DDD BEFORE having kids, now she's an H.. And she's 5' 3 3/4"), I can see how it would be a necessity.

Jessica - posted on 03/31/2010

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I think that like stated by most of you, unless it is for a medical reason.....it's really sad. I am going earn every wrinkle and keep it, if my lips need to look fuller, i'll bite it! lol and I have a crooked nose, makes me me! I did have a technically cosmetic surgery when I was 18but it was for medical reasons. I had a breast reduction and I can't tell you how many of my friends and lots of older women I know thought I was nuts and should be happy with the gift of giant boobs! Ha! With the giant boobs came perminant dents in my collar bone on either side from the weight leading to bad back pain and headaches, clothes impossible to buy fitting properly and the main reason is that from the weight, I would have had a hunch back as I got older that would have caused me great problems. Plus, you be surprised how differently you get treated just because of a big chest.

Melissa - posted on 03/31/2010

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I don't think it is appropriate. If my son or daughter wanted to have plastic surgery they would have to wait until they were 18, out of my house, and I would not be paying for it.

I do not think it is the same as braces. They aren't just cosmetic, oral health care is important.

C. - posted on 03/31/2010

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First of all, the majority of kids who get braces, get them b/c the health of their teeth could be in danger as the years progress. Secondly, I think it's rather sick that young kids are going under the knife to fix things that aren't even ugly!!!! My thing is, What the heck happened to kids wanting to be UNIQUE? Why does every girl want to look exactly like the next? I don't know.. Personally, I think under age 20 should just be out of the question unless it's reconstructive surgery after a horrible accident. Even age 30 is rather ridiculous. For crying out loud.. Do these people not realize that the stuff they are putting in could be fatal to their bodies (like implants, Botox, etc)? Good grief. I don't know.. "If it's not broke, don't fix it"

Krista - posted on 03/31/2010

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It depends on the situation. I had plastic surgery at at age 17 -- a breast reduction. Obviously, I had to wait until I had stopped growing, which made sense.

To me, if it's something that is so pronounced that it is causing medical issues or major emotional distress, then I would consider it. But if it's an otherwise perfectly normal part of their body that they just don't think is attractive enough? Nuh-uh.

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I'm against plastic surgery except in the cases of birth defects, medical issues, accidents, etc... so I think any age is too young for surgery simply because you aren't 'happy' w/ your body.

Jackie - posted on 03/30/2010

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I would never lump circumcision into "plastic surgery"....and yes I think its ridiculous for a child to have plastic surgery. N ot only does your body need to stop changing, they need to grow up mentally and get beyond the stage of "well billy will like me more if..." etc etc. I think mayn people take plastic surgery way to far anyways....especially adults.

Lady - posted on 03/30/2010

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I agree, they shouldn't get it until they are at least 18 if not older.

Charlene - posted on 03/30/2010

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I think it's ridiculous.

The age requirement for plastic surgery is 18 for a reason. A teens body is not fully developed and is constantly changing sometimes right into their twenties. An ethical plastic surgeon would refuse a patient under 18, whether they had their parents consent or not.

What kind of message is a parent sending their child when they let them get plastic surgery or in some cases encourage it? That they are not good enough the way they are and that any problem can be fixed with surgery.

Braces are NOT comparable to surgery. Braces, while sometimes are cosmetic, they are also to prevent further damage to the mouth/jaw. Also, braces are minimally invasive, unlike a lot of plastic surgeries.

Carolee - posted on 03/30/2010

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Personally, my kids would have to be out of the house and paying for it with their own money... so, at least 18. I think it's WAY different then getting braces to fix crooked teeth. It takes your body until the late teens/early twenties to stop changing. Your teeth are set (as to how they are going to stay) a lot earlier than that. As soon as I had my adult teeth (that came in sideways and one in the direct middle of my mouth), I got braces. As soon as my kids have their mature adult bodies, they can pay to have any surgery they want. They'd just better be prepared for me to tell them exactly how it makes them look (good or bad).

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