Experts discuss cosmetic surgery for teens

02/24/2012 | Medscape (free registration)

Recent news media attention has sparked debate regarding when elective cosmetic surgery is appropriate for teenagers. Plastic surgeons must first ensure that the patient is not seeking surgery because of family pressure and is physically and emotionally mature enough for surgery, says Dr. Sherrell Aston, a professor in the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University School of Medicine. The surgeon must also ensure the patient's expectations are realistic, he says.

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