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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 57-59

Cosmetic surgery in teenagers: To do or not to do


Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kuldeep Singh
Department of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-2077.155091

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The media makes it out to be a big story that teens are getting cosmetic surgery in larger numbers than ever. However, this is far from the truth. Yearly data, is increasingly showing a reduction in the percentage, as well as absolute numbers of these surgeries. Only, very essential surgery should be done for teenagers. The consult should be done in the presence of a parent, and even if the teen is above legal consenting age, parental supervision is still needed. A cooling off period, informed consent under parental supervision, and a time to rethink is essential. If a problem is severe enough to cause psychological problems, a psychologist can help in arriving at a decision.


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