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Experts Advise Caution in Cosmetic Surgery for the Young

Experts Advise Caution in Cosmetic Surgery for the Young

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As society's interest in physical beauty increasingly pervades the entertainment media, it's not surprising that young women are increasingly interested in plastic surgery. But are they ready? Experts say some young women may not be.

Nose jobs used to be the plastic surgery of choice for young women who felt the need to improve their looks. It could always be called reconstructive surgery by claiming it was needed to fix a deviated septum. Today, breast augmentations are catching up with nose jobs, and it's hard to disguise them as anything but cosmetic, leading to increasing concern.

Psychologically, experts fear that young plastic surgery patients may be disappointed because they don't think the procedure makes them as attractive as they expected. This can lead to body dysmorphic disorder, in which the patient's unrealistic expectations lead to additional unfulfilling surgeries, not realizing that the dissatisfaction stems from psychological factors.

The physical concern about plastic surgery for young patients is that their bodies may still be developing and changing, so that follow-up surgeries may be required to maintain the desired look. This extends beyond the teenage years; facelifts before the age of 30 are discouraged because facial skin will continue to sag, nearly guaranteeing the need for a follow-up.

The best way to find out if plastic surgery is right for you is to schedule a consultation with an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon. Your surgeon will evaluate your body shape and help you develop realistic expectations for the procedures you're considering. This will help ensure your satisfaction with the outcome of your plastic surgery.

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