Many high school seniors in classes of 2012 across the country are receiving special graduation gifts: plastic surgery.
The Daily reported that the number of breast augmentations and reductions among teens has increased by 200 percent over the past 10 years. Surgeons performed more than 23,000 breast augmentations last year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
The most common procedure in 2011 was rhinoplasty — a nose job — with 33,000 operations. Breast surgery was second, and about 14,400 of the cases were boys with enlarged breasts, known as gynecomastia.
Some requested surgery due to recent trends. Darrick Antell of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said more teenagers have been seeking chin implants before their proms.
The Huffington Post reported that “chinplants” increased by 71 percent in 2011. Antell said the chin implant takes about 45 minutes, and costs between $3,500 and $7,500, about three times what a typical family spends on a prom.
Dr. Arthur Calabretta of Charlotte, N.C. said teens probably want to look like someone they see on television or in magazines. He told News14.com, “We'll have a long discussion about whether it's the right procedure for them.”
Calabretta said he has only performed plastic surgery on about half of the 15 or 16 candidates he has seen over the past year. Dr. Franklin Rose of Houston said the number of patients he sees quadruples around graduation time.
Parental consent is required for procedures done on anyone younger than 18, according to Malcolm Roth of the ASPS.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery suggested guidelines for teenagers seeking cosmetic surgeries. According to surgery.org., they recommend looking at the teen’s physical and emotional maturity, checking the credentials of a surgery and looking into the risks of a procedure and the expected recovery time.