A California Teenager's Personal Breast Augmentation Experience
very critical about the way they look. I don't think they're as concerned with
the way they look to their friends but about how they can match the
expectations that society has set for them," says Dr. David Mosier, a plastic
surgeon who practices in Austin, Texas.
Dr. Mosier believes such insecurities have led more teens to undergo cosmetic surgery in recent years. And there has been an increase in teen plastic surgery - a substantial one. According to statistics compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for 2006, 13,699 cosmetic procedures were performed on teens in 1996 compared to 244,124 treatments just 10 years later.
So, what does an average teen - one who has actually undergone plastic surgery - have to say about breast augmentation surgery? I sat down with a 19-year-old teen from California to find out.
Q: What made you decide to undergo breast augmentation?
A. I decided to undergo breast augmentation because I was uncomfortable with myself. I don't have many insecurities but that was a huge one. I felt like a pre-teen boy instead of a young woman, and it really bothered me.
Q: How old were you when you first considered undergoing breast augmentation?
A. I was probably a sophomore in high school, so about 16, when I first considered breast augmentation. It was something that I really wanted and I had a couple years to do all my research before anything could possibly happen.
Q: How old were you when you underwent the actual surgery?
A. I had just turned 19 when I underwent the surgery.
Q: How did your parents feel about you undergoing cosmetic surgery?
A. My parents were very supportive. My mom and I basically handled it all. My dad thought I was perfect the way I was, but supported the reasons I wanted to undergo the surgery. My mom did not think it was necessary either, which it wasn't, but she knew I was uncomfortable and unhappy so she supported me as well.
Q: Did your parents help you pay for the procedure?
A. For now my parents paid for the whole procedure, but I promised to pay them back half of the cost by the time I graduate [from] college.
Q: Are you happy with the results of the procedure?
A. I am extremely happy with the results. I feel very comfortable with myself now. I was really worried about my breasts being disproportional with the rest of my body, but they turned out great. They look very natural, and I couldn't be happier.
Q: Do you think you will ever regret undergoing the procedure?
A. I don't think I will ever regret undergoing the procedure. I am aware of the upkeep of it and I know it was a lifelong investment, and I am comfortable with that. My parents required that I be...well informed before [undergoing] the surgery, so I knew what I was getting into and was prepared for it. I did a lot of research and I wouldn't have [undergone] the surgery if I was not prepared for it.
Q: Would you recommend that other teens undergo cosmetic surgery?
A. It depends. I would recommend it to other teens that were going to be mature about it. I would recommend plastic surgery to anyone if it was going to make them feel better in their own skin. I felt that I was very mature about the whole experience and I think anyone who considers plastic surgery must be, whether they are 18 or 60.
Our DocShop expert's advice for teenagers interested in undergoing plastic surgery:
Our DocShop expert from Austin, Dr. Mosier, would probably agree that
our teen was a good candidate for breast augmentation.
"I think older teenagers have a little bit better expectations as far as the results of plastic surgery," he affirms.
And does Dr. Mosier have any other advice to offer teens who want to undergo a cosmetic procedure?
"Having parental involvement is very important."
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