While it is not a procedure he does, Klein said he would assume nose reshapings, or rhinoplasties, are the most common cosmetic procedures for teenagers. He said that if a doctor specializes in rhinoplasties, he will see twice as many teens as the average plastic surgeon. If you're considering rhinoplasty for your child, Klein said the mid- to late-teen years are actually a good time to do it, because the nose is already fully developed.
Male breast reductions (gynecomastias)
Klein said he sees about 10 teenage boys a year come in for gynecomastias, or male breast reductions. This procedure is common, he said, because some teen boys are too embarrassed to take their shirt off at the swimming pool or participate in gym class. Klein said boys may have feminine-looking breasts as a result of being overweight, or they may just have an abnormal development of some breast tissue.
While it’s not terribly common, Klein does perform some breast augmentations on teenage girls. He said this procedure is generally more popular among older teens, who come in after high school graduation or while they are in college.
Klein said he sees a few teenagers who are involved in dance or athletics come in for liposuction because they think their legs look too big. He said he also sees cases where the mother is the one pushing the teenager to have the procedure. Sometimes, the teen is obese, and the mother wants to give her a jump start on losing weight. Other times, the mother is just unhappy with something about her teenager’s appearance. Klein said he had one teenage girl come in for liposuction because of the way she fit in her jeans. He said it kind of bothered the teenager, but it was really the mother driving it.
If your child has an ear deformity, Klein recommends having a procedure done by the time he is in kindergarten. Not everyone is able to accomplish this, so occasionally, people will come in for the procedure as teenagers. Prominent ears are something that people may be teased about in during their adolescence.