Imagine you are waiting in a room full of people that could use some improvements in their bodies – including yourself.
As you stare at yourself in the mirror, you think, "I hate the way I look." So, you turned to plastic surgery to change the person you see in the mirror every morning.
While there are no other medical contraindications to cosmetic surgery for teenagers, some professional associations (e.g.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons) recommend that individuals under 18 years of age wait to have cosmetic surgery, so that they can further develop physically and emotionally.
Unlike the other major type of plastic surgery (reconstructive surgery), cosmetic surgery is undertaken for aesthetic rather than health reasons.
It involves operating on healthy body parts, to change their appearance with the aim of improving an individual’s self-esteem and satisfaction with their appearance.
For example, in 1999: The number of cosmetic surgery procedures performed in the United States increased by 119% in the 1997–1999 period.
Women of all ages and backgrounds undergo cosmetic surgery.
A woman typically requesting a breast implant is Caucasian, in her late twenties or early thirties (in contrast to the dominant stereotype of women in their late teens and early twenties getting breast implants).
Women undergoing breast augmentation surgery vary in age from their late teens to their 40s and come from diverse ethnic backgrounds.