When Is Teenage Plastic Surgery Versus Cosmetic Surgery Okay?

Reality Versus Hype: A Systematic Review

Rod J. Rohrich, M.D.; Min-Jeong Cho, M.D.


Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018;142(3):293e-302e. 

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The trend of teenage plastic surgery is increasing, and it is important for plastic surgeons to perform safe, ethical, and indicated procedures in this group. Despite the increasing trend, the safety of performing plastic surgery in this group is not well studied. Our study shows that there are many outcome studies on surgical procedures but that there is a very limited number of studies on nonsurgical procedures despite their popularity. We recommend that plastic surgeons perform an extensive preoperative visit to determine the physical and emotional maturity of the patient, and to discuss the desire, goals, risks, expected postoperative course, limitations, and complications of the procedure. We believe appropriate patient selection based on age, indication, and patient profile can lead to safe plastic surgery procedures in adolescents; however, further outcomes studies specifically focused on this population are needed.