Guidelines and Cosmetic Options for Teenage Patients

Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Procedures for Teenage Patients

Teenagers who want cosmetic surgery may have to pass a psychological assessment before surgery. The Medical Board of Australia also wants people seeking a procedure to undergo a mandatory cooling-off period before their operation. Under the strict guidelines of the Medical Board, there is a seven-day waiting period for adults and a three-month cooling-off period before procedures for all patients under 18 years old.

Noting a trend of young people rushing into surgery while physically or emotionally unready to understand the risks, the guidelines would require patients under 18 to be assessed by a registered psychologist or psychiatrist.

At our clinic, all patients under the age of 18 are seen with a parent or guardian in a consult with Dr Turner to discuss the procedure in-depth and the risks associated and are then asked to be seen by a psychologist or psychiatrist. The patient can then come back after the 3 month cooling-off period and subject to the psychological assessment and Dr turner’s examination, they can then proceed with surgery.

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Why Young People Want Plastic Surgery

The number of people between the ages of 19 to 25 getting plastic surgery has surged in recent years. From injectables and dermal fillers to nose jobs, ear and breast surgery, young people are clamouring for change.

Of course, there have always been young people who are unhappy with their looks. The good news is that plastic surgery is safer than ever before and there are now an incredible number of options for changing your look.

Deciding If Plastic Surgery Is Right for You or Your Teenager

If you’ve ever been young, you know how difficult it can sometimes be to battle with insecurity. Every little advantage can be powerful. Whether it is clothes, makeup, or laser treatment, finding a way to boost the way that you look and feel about yourself is essential.

Of course, plastic surgeons play a key role in helping to determine if potential patients are ready for a procedure. It’s essential to be more than just physically healthy. Mental health plays a key role in determining if plastic surgery is a good option.

When you schedule a consultation with Dr Turner, he will have a one-to-one chat about your reasons for getting plastic surgery. Before getting plastic surgery, it’s important to fully understand that plastic surgery isn’t a cure-all. While it can be an incredible confidence boost, it most certainly can’t solve every problem in life. Any adult, over the age of 18, with a clear perspective on the reality of plastic surgery can be a good candidate.

It’s important to note, however, that plastic surgery is not a good choice for younger teens. This is because bodies change far too much under the age of 18 and it’s better to just take a wait-and-see approach for younger teens.

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Cosmetic procedures like Nose Jobs (rhinoplasty), Breast Surgery like Breast Reduction and breast augmentation continue to be as popular as ever for teenage patients. Liposuction is also an option while non-surgical alternatives like CoolSculpting and VelaShape III can also give you results without the need for surgery.

In addition to getting cosmetic surgery, there are sometimes medical reasons for getting plastic surgery. Many young women suffer from uncomfortable conditions like oversized labia can find relief with a labiaplasty surgery. Similarly, cosmetic procedures like breast asymmetry correction and nipple correction can be transformative and confidence-boosting.

Think plastic surgery might be right for you or your teenager? Why not schedule a consultation with Dr Turner? You can visit him at his Newcastle or Sydney clinics for a one-to-one chat to discuss your needs and concerns.

To find out more information or to speak with a staff member regarding this, please contact the office on 1300 641 199 or send an email to [email protected]

Dr Scott Turner FRACS (Plas) – Specialist Plastic Surgeon

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Dr Scott J Turner has spent a lifetime acquiring the qualifications, education, training, and hands-on surgical experience to perform superior cosmetic plastic surgery to give you natural, beautiful results and the improved sense of well-being you want. He is one of the top Specialist Plastic Surgeons with a Breast and Body Surgery focus in New South Wales.

Achieving this personal goal requires not only in-depth knowledge of human anatomy and refined surgical techniques but an ongoing commitment to learning the latest procedures around the world. This is why Dr Turner regularly attends both local and international surgeon meetings – discussing these advances with the leaders around the world in order to offer you the most natural, effective and safest surgical procedures.

Dr Turner and his highly trained staff will do everything to ensure that you are fully informed, while providing exceptional, world-class cosmetic plastic surgery, in a personal and caring environment.

Next Steps

Always Do Your Research

Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A medical referral is helpful but NOT essential for purely cosmetic consultations.
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation with Dr Scott
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

Want more information before scheduling your consultation?

  • Find out more about pricing, medical payment plans and paying for your surgery
  • Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us

How to Book Your Consultation with Dr Turner

  • You can book your initial consultation with Dr Turner by paying the $350 cosmetic consultation fee in advance – when you make your appointment.

Contact us or call on  1300 641 199  to arrange your consultation in Sydney or Newcastle.

Email us for more information:  [email protected]