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Douglas A. Taranow, DO, FACOS

New York, NY


Posted July 30, 2012 in Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

Teens Seek Plastic Surgery Before Prom

While cosmetic surgery for teens remains controversial in some circles, a growing number of teenage girls and their parents see it as a one-time indulgence that is well suited for a special occasion like the prom – just like the dress, the shoes, the salon visit, and the limo.

According to a spokesman for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the recent trend among teens has contributed to the 71 percent increase in the cosmetic surgery in 2011.

Deciding on Plastic Surgery for Teens

Not every teenager is a good candidate for plastic surgery. The ASPS states that the most rewarding outcomes require:

  • Clear expression of interest from the teenager: While parental consent and support are essential, the patient should be the one who initiates the request.
  • Realistic goals: Teens receiving plastic surgery must understand the benefits, risks, and limitations of plastic surgery.
  • Sufficient maturity: The ability to tolerate temporary discomfort and disfigurement during recovery is a must. Teens who are being treated for mental illness or depression or are prone to mood swings, erratic behavior, and/or drug and alcohol abuse should not receive plastic surgery.


To ensure that your teenager receives ethical care and outstanding aesthetic results, please consult with board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Taranow. You can call (212) 772-2100 for more information.