Most plastic surgeons discourage teen breast enlargement simply because the body often doesn't finish developing until some time in the early twenties. Many young women will gain a cup size (or even two) after they have reached age nineteen.
From a physical standpoint, teen breast enlargement can be tricky. The teen’s body may not be able to handle the implant properly, and psychologically, their body image problems may need to be addressed in other ways first.
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Teen Breast Enlargement Involves Issues of Body Image
Before any physical breast enlargement is considered, the teenager's psychological well-being should be addressed first.
The increased interest in teen breast enlargement is, in part, blamed on reality television. Many young celebrities have had breast procedures, and teenage girls feels a certain amount of pressure to "measure up" to what they see in the media and on TV.
Regardless of the reason the teen is interested in a breast enlargement, however, teens should know that breast implants are not a quick-fix for self-esteem issues, nor are they a dating “accessory.”
Pre-Op Psychological Counseling is Strongly Advised
Not surprisingly, there is a strong relationship between body image and depression. A teenager's negative attitude about her appearance can be a symptom of depression or body dysmorphia.
Since plastic surgeons screen all patients for psychological well being as well as physical well being prior to surgery, there is a good chance they will be able to "weed" out patients that aren't appropriate candidates for surgery.
Unfortunately, however, a great deal of psychological testing is still based on adult criteria and doesn't inherently apply to teens that inquire about plastic surgery.
Parents and teenagers should seriously consider all the risks and benefits of breast enlargement, including seeking age-appropriate counseling, before even considering a physical consultation with a breast enlargement surgeon.
Not a Quick Fix
Teens should remember that breast implants are not a quick-fix for self-esteem, nor a dating accessory.
Teens vs Adults
Unfortunately most psychological testing is still based on adult criteria and doesn't inherently apply to teens that inquire about plastic surgery.
Yes, plastic surgery helps lots of women feel better about their bodies. But adult women usually are quite aware of a persisting body issue and have had more time to make the responsible decision.
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