Getting to Know the 3 Most Popular Cosmetic Surgeries for Teens

The world of cosmetic surgery is more inclusive than ever. With so many increases in the variety of procedure techniques available over the years, not to mention advancements in safety and success of plastic surgery, it’s no surprise that cosmetic surgery is on the rise nationwide. This is true for patients of all ages, including teenagers. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), patients nineteen years old or younger underwent nearly 40,000 cosmetic surgery procedures in the US last year alone.

The demands and surgery options available for teenage patients can differ significantly from those of more mature patients. Common procedures, like breast augmentation and liposuction, are considered inappropriate for teens, with some exceptions of course. So what cosmetic surgeries are patients in their teens undergoing and why? I dug into the ASAPS statistics to find out and see if these numbers were similar to my personal experiences with younger patients.

Ear Surgery

Ear surgery, or otoplasty, was the most commonly-performed cosmetic surgery for teenage patients. Teens underwent 11,821 ear surgeries last year, accounting for a third of all ear surgeries performed. Otoplasty is intended to help patients who seek to reduce the size of their large, protruding ears (ears that stick out) that can make the face seem unbalanced and affect their self-confidence.

Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty was the second most popular procedure among teens, accounting for 11,059 surgeries in 2016. Unlike other parts of the body, the nose typically reaches its full adult size by age sixteen for girls and seventeen for boys. This means teens can undergo a rhinoplasty without having to worry about further growth and development negatively altering the results of their surgery, as long as they have the permission of their parents.

Breast Reduction

Breast reduction was the third most popular cosmetic surgery for teens, accounting for nearly 5,000 procedures last year. Although cosmetic breast surgery is more commonly associated with older, more physically mature women, breast reduction can have amazing benefits for teenage girls coping with the physical and emotional strain of excessively large and heavy breasts.

Undergoing a cosmetic surgery procedure is a major decision for a young person that takes a considerable amount of research and consultation, both with a board-certified plastic surgeon as well as their parents. I make it a point to thoroughly discuss every treatment option with my younger patients and their families to help them make an informed decision that will lead to the best-possible cosmetic surgery experience. For more information or to schedule a plastic surgery consultation today, please contact me, Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+ for the latest plastic surgery news, photos, and more.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Still a Growing Trend

The nose is an incredibly noticeable part of a person’s face. After all, it does draw a lot of attention by sitting right in the center of the face. With that said, it’s not surprising that rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, is among the most commonly performed cosmetic surgery procedures for the face. Statistics collected by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery in 2016 indicate that over 148,000 rhinoplasty procedures were performed in the US just last year.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Still a Growing Trend

As the years have gone on and surgical techniques have become more precise, we have seen numerous breakthroughs in the ways cosmetic surgeries can be customized to a patient’s specific preferences. Ethnic rhinoplasty is a term used to describe cosmetic nose surgery performed on patients of ethnic groups other than Caucasian. Specialized rhinoplasty techniques have become more in-demand in recent years as cosmetic surgery has become more popular among ethnic minorities.

In the past, standards for the “perfect” nose were based on the facial characteristics of Caucasian men and women. But societal preferences have changed and the approach to rhinoplasty for many plastic surgeons has too. Today, many patients actually prefer to preserve and enhance their ethnic features. Here at Southern Plastic Surgery, I utilize expert precision to preserve cultural characteristics that each individual possesses during each ethnic rhinoplasty procedure.

African American

African American noses tend to be thicker with a wide tip, flat bridge and flared nostrils. To reduce the appearance of a flat nose, I focus on rebuilding the bridge of the nose to create a more defined appearance. It’s common for African American patients to have noses that contain weaker cartilage and shorter nasal bones that must be handled with extra precision. Additionally, African American skin is thicker and darker, meaning it is more susceptible to scarring, so I take special care and utilizes precise techniques to minimize scarring.

Asian

Many Asian rhinoplasty patients have smaller or shorter noses that have thicker skin and relatively lower bridges and wide bases. Asian rhinoplasty can also help resolve breathing problems that result from the natural structures of the nose that may obstruct breathing.

Latino

Latino rhinoplasty patients have their own unique features that must be considered in order to preserve their appearance. These patients typically have wider nasal bridges and weaker cartilage that creates a slightly wider nose with a low tip. Some Latino facial features can also appear larger than most other patients, so it is important to make sure that the new nose fits proportionately into a more rounded face.

If you are considering modifying your nasal features, you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty or ethnic rhinoplasty at Southern Plastic Surgery. Before any rhinoplasty, I provide all my patients with a complimentary consultation where we will discuss your concerns and help you determine the correct cosmetic surgery path for you. To schedule your plastic surgery consultation, please contact Dr. David Whiteman at Southern Plastic Surgery today. For more information, special offers, and more you can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.

Top Reasons to Choose Rhinoplasty

Myth: Plastic surgery is purely cosmetic.  Fact: It’s not.  I’m not sure exactly how this misconception started but it’s simply not the case.  Plastic surgery has the ability to dramatically change a person’s life for the better.  For the woman who beat breast cancer and chooses to rebuild her breast with breast reconstruction to the man who fears taking off his shirt because of his man-boobs and chooses breast reduction – is it fair to judge the motivations of a person choosing to do something that will genuinely make them happy?  As a double-board certified plastic surgeon having had the fortune to work with Atlanta-area patients for over 22 years, the motivations are endless but the absence of judgment remains the same.  Today I wanted to share some of the top reasons my patients choose rhinoplasty, or nose surgery, in hopes that it’ll inspire anyone considering this procedure to find common ground with previous patients of mine.

I hear a lot of discussions in the media about this celebrity getting cosmetic injections or that celebrity getting body contouring and facial plastic surgery.  I’m not one to preach (I prefer to think of it as teach), but why does it matter?  Just because we have lumped breast and body procedures into the category of plastic surgery doesn’t mean it’s purely cosmetic.  Rhinoplasty patients can fall into two categories: cosmetic rhinoplasty and reconstructive rhinoplasty.  Let’s start with reasons to consider rhinoplasty:

  • You’re unhappy with the shape, size, or projection of your nose
  • Your nose does not proportionately fit your face (meaning it’s too big or too small in relation to your overall profile)
  • You have breathing issues related to a deviated septum
  • Your nose is crooked, misshapen, or out of alignment due to trauma
  • You have a birth defect
  • You simply want to improve the nose you already have

The face is such a prominent feature and the nose, eyes, and mouth tend to be some of the first things we notice about one another.  It’s not like you can go through life covering your face with a bag just because you’re unhappy with the way you look, so rhinoplasty is a great way to address the biggest concerns plaguing patients.  Rhinoplasty reshapes the nose, smooths bumps on the bridge, enhances the angles of the contours, and can reduce enlarged tips when performed by a doctor who understands the finesse required for such a delicate procedure.  Depending on your reasoning for electing to have a nose job, there are several techniques that are used but the end result is to improve what you already have.

For some patients this means wanting to look in a mirror and feel their nose isn’t the most noticeable feature of their face.  For other patients it’s wanting to have the ability to breathe clearly for the first time in their life or to reduce the memory of an injury to the face.  In the final results, your rhinoplasty results should best fit your face and look as natural as if you were born that way.  We’re not going for overdone in our practice, we’re going for improved.  If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty procedures performed at Southern Plastic Surgery, don’t hesitate to send us a message, reach out by telephone, or connect with us on social media to get the conversation started.  I’m here to listen to your concerns and help you get there; it’s a decision that is completely up to you and should lift your spirits in a way you may not have known possible.