Like many things in life such as driving, drinking or eligibility to work, cosmetic surgery procedures have a minimum age requirement as well. This is because cosmetic surgery contains potential risk and complication that may not be suitable for minors.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in USA has regulated a minimum age for each cosmetic surgery procedure. You must be of a required minimum age to be eligible for these procedures. Many young people and teenagers wonder if they can get a cosmetic surgery procedure done such as rhinoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation etc.
Let us have a look at these individual procedures and what their minimum age conditions.
It is when a child enters early teenage that he begins to despise his nose the most. This is because he is still part of the growing age and his facial features are disproportionate with the nose appearing much larger than the rest of the features. This state is just temporary and with age the facial features begin to regain harmonious proportions and the nose appears smaller. For this reason, young people are recommended to wait until facial growth is complete- at least 13 to 14 years for girls and 14 to 15 years for boys. However, there is no official minimum age requirement for this procedure even though surgeons prefer fully developed individuals. Teenagers are recommended to consider rhinoplasty once they reach maturity.
For a liposuction, the minimum age that surgeons suggest is 17 to 18 years. Since teenagers are of a vulnerable mind, their psychological and emotional development should be assessed prior to the surgery. Youngsters suffer increasingly from negative body images and many surgeons would prefer them to see counselors or psychologists although those with acute obesity cases may be considered for a liposuction as to improve their health. However, Surgeons suggest teenagers to pass the age of 18 for this surgery.
FDA has strict policies regarding breast augmentation, as a woman needs to be mature physically and mentally to undergo a procedure of this nature. The average minimum age for breast augmentation is between 19 and 34 years of age. FDA does not allow any cosmetic breast augmentation below the age of 18 but reconstructive surgery is permitted.
Laser Eye Surgery
For laser eye surgery there is no restriction on age limit as glasses prescription remains relatively stable at the age of 20 to 21. A good candidate for this surgery must have a relatively stable lens prescription. LASIK is safe for teens, but it is not recommended for most teenagers. The best time to undergo eye surgery is once your eyes have fully developed and stopped evolving which is mostly in later teenage years or at age 20.
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