(Vocus/PRWEB) April 18, 2011
Statistics gathered over the last several years indicate a decrease in the overall number of cosmetic (aesthetic) surgeries of teenagers (those 18 and younger) having cosmetic surgery, with nonsurgical procedures including laser hair removal and chemical peels being the most popular in 2010, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) . The most frequently performed surgical procedure for this age group in 2010 was cosmetic ear surgery (otoplasty). 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
As the premier society of American Board of Plastic Surgery certified surgeons specializing in cosmetic 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:
For those 18 and under:
Ten Years Ago: there were 298,704 procedures in 2001 representing 3.5% of the total;
Five Years Ago: there were 174,851 procedures in 2005 representing 1.5% of the total;
Last Year: there were 203,308 procedures in 2009 representing 2.0% of the total;
This Year: there were 125,397 procedures in 2009 representing 1.3% of the total;
To see the story of a teenager who decided to have rhinoplasty please watch the following video from Project Beauty: http://www.projectbeauty.com/index.php/videos/watch/allisons-story/.
To see a young man’s first hand experience with gynecomastia please watch the following video from Project Beauty: http://www.projectbeauty.com/index.php/videos/watch/wills-embarrassing-problem/.
ASAPS is the authoritative source for statistics on cosmetic surgery, which are available at http://www.surgery.org/media/statistics. The Society has surgeon spokespersons who can discuss issues related to cosmetic plastic surgery for teenagers and can be contacted through the ASAPS Communications Office.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), is recognized as the world’s leading organization devoted entirely to aesthetic plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine of the face and body. ASAPS is comprised of over 2,600 Plastic Surgeons; active members are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (USA) or by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and have extensive training in the complete spectrum of surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. International active members are certified by equivalent boards of their respective countries. All members worldwide adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and must meet stringent membership requirements.
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