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Teenagers and Plastic Surgery

Teenagers and Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery has achieved an important role in these modern times, where beauty is confused with perfection, and the right image not only promotes increased self-esteem, but the inclusion of individuals in society.

The popularization of such surgical procedures has attracted a new audience. This new audience is a portion of the population with wide access to information, greater power consumption and capacity for decision making: teenagers.

Teenagers are at a stage of life when bodily changes are a constant and many feel the edge of the existing standards of beauty. At this age, many seek out plastic surgery for an improvement in the quality of life. This is when the responsibility of the plastic surgeon comes into play.

A plastic surgeon is, above all, a health professional with access to several tools that promote the welfare of their patients. It is incorrect to believe that a teenager who is dissatisfied with some aesthetic imperfections to overestimate this.

It is not uncommon for the clinics to receive teens with real problems, such as being unhappy, withdrawn and removed from their social groups by substantiated complaints. Physical issues can cause major trauma in adolescents, a stage in life already full of doubts and insecurities.

Currently, however, the media created the false impression that plastic surgery is a panacea for all evils of self-esteem. This is the trap that should be avoided by both professionals and patients.

The plastic surgeon is subject to strict rules of professional ethics and has the expertise to choose the best treatment to be applied to each patient, including the referral for psychological treatment.

According to the Brazilian Society of Plastic surgery (BSPS), adolescents account for 13% of plastic surgery procedures done in the country. It would be reckless to believe that this number refers only to boys and girls with problems of unfounded self-image. The presence of teenagers is not a recent phenomenon.

A few years ago it was normal to mention plastic surgery after the completed growth of the body. With changes in technology, it is now possible to operate at advanced stages of young growth. The growth of medical knowledge in genetics contributes to this practice.

A girl with large breasts, whose family members such as the mother and grandmother suffered the same problem, will not need to wait until the age of 18 to determine a breast reduction. Surgery is the only way of eliminating this problem and the plastic surgeon has the final word on this decision.

The requirement is that the patient must be psychologically well and have realisticf expectations of the surgery and the postoperative processes.

Even corrections, like floppy ears and a hooked nose, can transform the lives of young people, raising self-esteem and helping to undo traumas, mainly because the adolescent is often undergoing a change in environment such as changing schools or starting college.

The treatment that is given to patients with real imperfections, which generates an obstacle of trauma and psychosocial development, is obviously different from the treatment given to someone with dissatisfaction of their appearance.

For them, the plastic surgeon should recommend not only the maturing of the idea, but also the responsibility to have their parents assist in the decision making process, which can mask more serious psychological problems.

Girls with the ambition to become a professional model may actually need to get rid of localized fat that can impede their career and sometimes, a simple procedure can avoid setting the framework for anorexia.

While plastic surgery procedures live in a moment of popularity, with facilities for less invasive techniques, the plastic surgeon, a specialized professional, has the responsibility to decide whether the complaints of their young patients are well founded or not.

Guided by ethical values and expertise, the healthcare professional will decide the best solution of the problem, which may or may not be through surgery.

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