Teen Plastic Surgery Article Understates the Most Important Realities of Procedures on Young People, Notes Dr. J

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Commenting on a recent article, a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon emphasizes that sensational sounding news reports obscure the truly compelling reasons youngsters and their parents often opt for procedures.

Ear pinning (otoplasty) is one of the plastic surgery procedures most commonly obtained by teens and children.

...Young people who receive procedures ranging from rhinoplasty (nose jobs) and ear pinning to make features less prominent typically do so to have more normal childhoods and teen years, rather than seeking the spotlight, says Dr. J.

An August 25 article in the International Business Times discusses the hundreds of thousands of plastic surgeries conducted each year on teenagers, quoting a New York City-area plastic surgeon who credits social media and reality TV for the growing numbers. Beverly Hills-based plastic surgeon Payam Jarrah-Nejad, M.D., F.I.C.S., F.A.C.S., known more familiarly to patients and colleagues as Dr. J, notes that, while there’s no doubt that the number of teens and children receiving procedures has grown, they – and, importantly, their parents – are typically opting for procedures to avoid very real personal and social problems, not for frivolous reasons of vanity.

When young women opt to have breast reduction surgery, Dr. J notes, they are not seeking to improve their appearance in a swimsuit so much as trying to avoid unwanted attention, and also perhaps alleviating or preventing back problems caused by excessively large breasts. Similarly, young people who receive procedures ranging from rhinoplasty (nose jobs) and ear pinning to make features less prominent typically do so to have more normal childhoods and teen years, rather than seeking the spotlight, says Dr. J.

An anonymous San Francisco teenager makes the case pointedly in a quote featured near the end of the International Business Times article. “People are so quick to judge if you get a nose job or something, like, ‘Oh, she’s fake,’ or ‘She’s just trying to be pretty.’ They don’t know the real story behind [how] uncomfortable I’ve been.” Dr. J notes that the young woman is very typical of the teens who obtain these a plastic surgery procedure, not out of a desire to have the appearance of a movie star or supermodel, but simply to get through adolescence with their self-esteem intact.

Dr. J, who has performed pro bono surgeries to help children in developing nations who have been disfigured by injuries or birth defects, states that, yes, plastic surgery is often about adult patients who want to improve their appearance with such treatments as breast augmentation surgeries or a Brazilian butt lift surgery. At the same time, Dr. J notes plastic surgery is just as often about individuals who simply want to be judged for who they are, not on the basis, for example, of unusually prominent noses, ears, or breasts.

Of course, many of Dr. J’s patients are grown-ups who might be interested in plastic surgeries for any number of reasons, and some of the before/after results can be seen on the Dr. J plastic surgery Pinterest page. Readers who are interested in any type of plastic surgery for themselves or family members can call Dr. J at 310-993-3800. They can also visit the doctor’s website at http://www.DrJPlasticSurgery.com.

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