Guidelines and Cosmetic Options 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.
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.
Non-Surgical and Surgical Cosmetic Procedure Options
The world of plastic surgery is bigger and more exciting than ever before. There are so many great injectables, laser treatments and safe surgical options.
One incredibly popular graduation gift is fat treatments. Even young people who are active and have a healthy diet can be plagued with stubborn spots that just won’t budge. Liposuction is better option now than ever before while non-surgical alternatives like CoolSculpting and VelaShape III can also give you results without the need for surgery. Of course, cosmetic procedures like nose jobs (rhinoplasty) and breast augmentation continue to be as popular as ever.
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 or ears and can find relief from labiaplasty or otoplasty. Similarly, cosmetic procedures like breast asymmetry correction and nipple correction can be transformative.
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 437 758 or send an email to [email protected]