Should a 16-Year-Old Get a Breast Lift?

K. Mathews on 10 Nov 2011 at 4:00pm


Sometimes we come across questions on RealSelf that elicit a double-take. Example: "16 With Saggy Breasts...I am planning on getting a lift..."

Breast reductions are not uncommon for developed teenagers, but solely a lift is stereotypically associated with post-nursing moms and women entering their "golden years." But the asker said her “saggy breasts” — the result of weight fluctuations — have left her self conscious and wanting to take action. She doesn't ask about a reduction. In fact, she wants implants, so long as they're not too large. 

While the knee-jerk reaction might be shock that a girl so young thinks she needs a lift, some of the doctors don’t consider it to be out of the question.

Their main concern is what stage of development the teenager is in. “You should not have ANY kind of breast surgery if you are still growing, or if you are not at a stable and healthy weight,” cautions Dr. Richard Tholen. “Otherwise as a plastic surgeon we are literally trying to accurately ‘hit a moving target.’”
For this reason, many of the doctors urge her to wait. Yet as Dr. Lisa Sowder says, “Once your weight is stabilized and you have stopped growing and developing (physically, that is), a breast lift may be a very reasonable thing for you to have done.”

Plastic surgery on minors is always a hot button topic. Some are adamantly against teens changing their bodies, while others see certain benefits. Where is the line drawn in such a gray area? Nick News recently covered the issue by talking to directly with kids — it's a pretty interesting video with varying opinions. Click here for more.

What do you think about underage cosmetic operations? Is it ever okay, or only for grown-ups? Take our poll and sound off in the comments. 

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