Classes chosen? Check! Books purchased? Check! Breast augmentation surgery? Excuse me?
Cosmetic surgery procedures are becoming a back-to-school must have for many students entering into college. Having graduated not only from high school but from childhood, young adults are looking to make the changes they may have wanted for some time as they chart out the future that lays ahead of them.
But is college a good time to start considering cosmetic surgery procedures?
The simplest answer to this question is that there is no specific age that is right or wrong for plastic surgery. There are factors to consider at all ages, but depending on the procedure, plastic surgery can have impressive benefits to young adults especially those starting their adult lives.
Body image is important to us. Everyone wants to feel attractive and when we do not it can cause us to be less social and create anxiety in social situations. Correcting embarrassing features can boost self-esteem and improve one’s social interactions. Making the transition from high school to college is hard enough without feeling self-conscious about one’s looks.
The most common procedures for college students looking to make improvements are:
- RHINOPLASTY: Correcting one’s nose is one of the most popular procedures among young men and women.
- BREAST AUGMENTATION/REDUCTION: By this age, women have developed the bodies they will have for the rest of their lives. A woman’s breasts are a big part of her identity as a woman. Breasts that have developed too large or too small can cause feelings of insecurity and the transition to college is often a great time to make this change.
- EAR SURGERY: This procedure can be performed in children that are much younger, but having protruding ears is often a procedure that is undertaken as a young man or woman transitions into adulthood.
The largest factor to consider in regards to a plastic surgery procedure is not necessarily age, but the reason why a person feels the change is needed. Cosmetic surgery is a big decision and one that should not be entered into without a great deal of consideration. The only person who needs to be pleased by a cosmetic procedure is the person who is having it!
College is as good a time as any to have a cosmetic procedure when done for the appropriate reasons. If you are one of the many people considering a cosmetic procedure, schedule a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Pinsky.