NYC Facial Plastic Surgeon Sam Rizk, MD, FACS, Treats Bullied Teens

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Survey Finds Face of Plastic Surgery Continues to Get Younger

Concerns about going back to school these days go way beyond the standard wardrobe refresher, with bullying emerging as a hot button issue adversely affecting teens everywhere. The constant torment and resulting self-esteem issues are driving some teens to go under the knife, with over 90,000 adolescents a year electing to have plastic surgery.

Supporting this trend, a recent survey by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that 28% of members saw an increase in cosmetic surgery in those under the age of 25. For both female and male patients under age 35, the most common procedure performed was rhinoplasty (53% females; 70% males), with 20% of those procedures performed on patients under age 21. The study also revealed that according to surgeons, a majority of youths opt for facial plastic surgery as a result of bullying (76%), rather than as a preventative measure (24%).

Manhattan facial plastic surgeon Sam Rizk, MD, FACS, sees these teens walk through his door all the time wishing to end bullying from their peers.

"In this digital age driven by social media and celebrity images, relentless cyber bullying adds fuel to traditional schoolyard torment, leading more and more of today’s teens to turn to plastic surgery as a cure," said Dr. Rizk. "With the omnipresence of social media and little way to regulate teen-to-teen integration, it can feel for many teens as if there is no escape from the ridicule."

As the face of plastic surgery gets younger, Dr. Rizk urges parents and teens to take care when selecting a surgeon. The doctor should be board-certified and specialize in plastic surgery of the face, head and neck. A reputable surgeon won’t perform surgery on teens younger than age 14 (for females) or 15 (for males), as that is when the nose has fully formed. Also, feet must not have grown for 12 months.

The only elective procedure that Dr. Rizk will perform on younger patients is rhinoplasty and or otoplasty. To ensure that they are seeking surgery for the right reasons, Dr. Rizk asks that all of his patients go through a psychological evaluation and leaves the final decision up to the teen. Above all, he wants his patients to be comfortable with what they are doing. All teen patients must confirm that surgery is something they are doing for themselves, not to please peers, parents or a significant other.

Considered one of the preeminent leaders in rhinoplasty in the world, Dr. Rizk has developed high-definition three-dimensional endoscopic telescopes, which to better visualize the structures of the nose and perform a more precise surgery. The increased accuracy results in a more efficient procedure that requires no stitches, less bruising and scarring and one-third the recovery time of traditional surgeries. Even with less downtime, surgery is still a permanent, life-altering decision that Dr. Rizk advises should not be taken lightly during the developmental years.

Dr. Rizk’s office is located at 1040 Park Avenue in Manhattan.

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About Sam Rizk, MD, FACS
Sam Rizk, MD, FACS, is a double board certified New York City facial plastic surgeon and Director of Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgery, a JCAHO accredited surgical suite on Park Avenue. Dr. Rizk is a recognized expert on the latest advances and techniques in facial plastic surgery. He is a leader in secondary rhinoplasty, nasal reconstruction and repairing nasal defects for all skin types and ethnicities. Dr. Rizk has been selected for Castle Connolly's Best Doctors NY-Metro Area for Facial Plastic Surgery, and is a frequent presenter at AAFPRS, AACS, and FACE Ltd.

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