Monday, September 21, 2009
Medical Reports: Troubling Trend
Like mother like daughter, plastic surgeons are seeing a trend where kids are getting the same cosmetic surgeries as their parents. Seven's Christine Cruz shows us the concerns about this Troubling Trend.
WSVN -- Seventeen-year-old Meghan has her mom's nose.
Meghan: "When you look in the mirror, that's what you see, like I look in the mirror and I just see my nose."
Her mom Debra could relate.
Debra: "For many many years I did nothing about it, until about 10 years ago, I couldn't live with it anymore and I decided to have my nose done."
And now Meghan is following in her mom's footsteps. Plastic surgeons say they are seeing this a lot.
Dr. Sheldon Sevinor: "A new trend in my practice is parents having a surgical procedure and then their children having the same procedure either at the same time or at a later date."
But doctors caution just because it's good for the adult doesn't always make it OK for the child.
Dr. Sheldon Sevinor: "This is surgery, this is serious business, this isn't like going to have your hair cut in a salon. I feel that there's too much plastic surgery going on for the wrong reasons, as well as a lot of plastic surgery going on in teenagers that are not appropriate candidates"
Many doctors say they interview teens to make sure they are a good candidate for surgery. The want to know the if the teen has the emotional maturity and realistic expectations of what the procedure can and cannot do for them.
Dr. Sheldon Sevinor: "That's the goal in plastic surgery, is to make people feel better about themselves, to give them more confidence and self esteem, but at the same time, they have to be happy in their own skin"
Megan says she's doing it to correct a problem that's affecting her confidence.
Meghan: "I don't want to look like a movie star, I don't care what anyone thinks, I just want to look the way that makes me feel the most confident."
Debra: "I support her totally because if its going to make her feel better, then that's what she should do."
Christine Cruz: "For procedures like liposuction and breast implants most doctors will make teens wait until their 18 because their bodies are still developing."