Teen Plastic Surgery Peaks Before Back-To-School Season
I remember on the last day of school each year, I'd tell myself, "I'm going to go back to school a new and improved, prettier, wiser human being!" Usually the improvements weren't much more than a different hairstyle or new wardrobe, but a lot of teens are going to extreme lengths to "improve" themselves before heading back to school.
About 64,000 teenagers get plastic surgery each year, most of the work being done over summer vacation to allow enough time to recover or to remain in hiding. And even with plastic surgery influences in the media like Kylie Jenner and Iggy Azalea, many teens get procedures with hopes of improving their self-esteem in addition to their appearance.
"In addition to smoothing a bump, or altering a bulbous or drooping nasal tip, rhinoplasty tends to have a great emotional impact on teens, removing stress and increasing feelings of self-worth," says Dr. Sam Rizk, who specializes in nose jobs. He also adds that he's performed 25% more adolescent nose jobs this year over the last.
Lip injections also seem to be pretty popular among teenagers these days - just ask Dr. Matthew Schulman, a Park Avenue surgeon - he says he gets 10 emails each week from teenage girls wanting Kylie Jenner lips.
"That was virtually unheard of 5 years ago," he adds.
Plastic surgery procedures make for graduation gifts with a pretty hefty price tag. Lip fillers like Restalyne or Juvaderm go for around $750 (although I got Juvaderm for $550 at Xanadu Med Spa in Fort Collins), nose jobs for $10,000, breast implants ranging from $8,000 to $10,000, and breast reductions between $10,000 and $12,000.