Schools out for the summer! This time of year proves to be a popular one for those enjoying summer break to undergo procedures, leaving plenty of time for full recovery. In fact, cosmetic surgery for teens may seem unheard of, but it’s more common than you may think. Previous studies from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show patients ages 13-19 accounting for 4% of all cosmetic surgery procedures in 2015.

Parents, along with their teens, commonly seek cosmetic surgery to address prominent facial features that may be negatively affecting their quality of life. For example, ear surgery, also known as ear pinning or otoplasty, is a common procedure among younger patients, utilized to address overly-large or disproportionate ears. This procedure involves permanent stitches being placed in the natural folds behind the ears to “pin” them in a new position. These stitches are well hidden and should not be noticeable to anyone, nor should they result in any discomfort after the initial healing period. In most cases, discomfort will subside within one to two weeks, allowing patients to enjoy the rest of their summer comfortably. Because of the permanence of this procedure, any growth in child patients will not impact the results of the procedure or result in the need for additional procedures.

Likewise, we find that some of our younger patients are interested in rhinoplasty, or nose surgery. The nose is a prominent feature of the face, and can really make a difference in how we see ourselves. Rhinoplasty can address dissatisfaction patients may have with the shape, size, or other aspects of their nose. We can work with each patient to determine the best technique for their procedure to achieve the desired results. Results will become apparent as swelling subsides in the weeks following surgery, with most of the swelling and bruising fading in a few months.

If you or your child may be interested in a procedure this summer, please call us today at (404) 257-9888 to schedule a free consultation!