As our society continues to become more accepting of cosmetic surgery in general, people tend to be more curious about how the practice fits into modern life. Specifically, many wonder what age is best for certain procedures, including when to start having procedures and when to stop.

Amid all these questions, certain trends are developing. For instance, more young women are becoming interested in breast implants and are confident enough to speak about that desire.

KGNS News reports that some high-school seniors are asking their parents for implants as a graduation gift. Teens explain that they want to change their appearance between high school and college.

This practice is part of a larger trend that involves gifting cosmetic procedures. Last year, news broke that both men and women routinely ask their significant others for plastic surgery during the holidays or for a birthday.

This sparked a conversation about when it is appropriate to offer a procedure as a gift, with the general consensus being that you should wait until someone makes it perfectly clear that they are ready for the procedure before offering it as a gift. Procedures as graduation gifts raise a new set of concerns.

Each Cosmetic-Surgery Patient Must Be Evaluated Regardless of Age

Part of each cosmetic surgeon’s job is to determine whether or not a patient is a good candidate for surgery. This means evaluating their mental and physical fitness. Believe it or not, surgeons routinely turn away clients who are not ready for surgery.

This is especially important for teens and other young adults. Emotional age is important to consider. Some recent graduates may be psychologically ready for a procedure; others may not. In either case, anyone interested in plastic surgery should consult a board-certified cosmetic surgeon.

If you live in New York, call us! At Shafer Plastic Surgery, we are committed to maintaining a safe and ethical practice, and we always keep our patients’ best interests at heart.

To discuss breast implants in New York with an experienced surgeon, call us today at 212.888.7770.

Technology May Be Spurring an Increase in Cosmetic Surgery

It’s no secret that cosmetic surgery is growing in popularity. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported that the number of procedure rose by approximately 13,000 between 2012 and 2013.

For the past few years, people have been looking at what’s causing the increase in procedures. The Fiscal Times reports that the newest theory concerns social media, explaining that surgeons all across the country are noticing an increase in facial procedures.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that many patients cite a desire to look better in photos as a reason for their surgery. It certainly makes sense. Social media and video chatting have made us more conscious of our appearance. This is especially true since the rise of image-driven social media platforms, like Snapchat and Instagram.

Whatever your reason for pursuing cosmetic surgery, come visit us. At Shafer Plastic Surgery, we offer our patients uncompromising service and a dedication to providing the best results possible.

To arrange a consultation in New York, please call 212.888.7770.