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Trends with Teens and Plastic Surgery from the ASAPS

Posted: October 21, 2010

Statistics gathered during the last several years indicate a rise in the overall number of cosmetic and aesthetic surgeries; however, the percentage of teenagers—those 18 and younger—having cosmetic surgery has remained relatively constant, with nonsurgical procedures including laser hair removal and chemical peels being the most popular in 2009, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

The most frequently performed surgical procedure for this age group in 2009 was nose reshaping (rhinoplasty). Most experts agree that for appropriately selected teenage patients, cosmetic plastic surgery can have a positive impact on physical and emotional development.

Evaluating teenagers for cosmetic plastic surgery

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery offers these guidelines for evaluating teenagers who are considering cosmetic plastic surgery:

Common cosmetic plastic surgical procedures for teens

The following are among the most common surgical procedures performed on those 18 years of age and younger, according to ASAPS statistics:

Trends in teen cosmetic surgery

Trend reports in the media of a significant increase in teen cosmetic surgery are not supported by authoritative statistics compiled by ASAPS.