Teen Rhinoplasty: Social Media And Its Impact On Our Youth And Plastic Surgery

by Dr. Ramtin Kassir, M.D., F.A.C.S. | Jan. 16, 2017, 8:44 a.m.

With our society becoming more selfie-infused and image-obsessed, social media apps like Snapchat and Instagram have generated a rise in plastic surgery procedures, particularly in teenagers.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 30,000 teens between the ages of 13-19 had Rhinopasty surgery in 2015. Teens already struggle with pressures to balance high performance in school with maintaining an image that allows them to fit in with their peers.

But constant exposure to airbrushed and cosmetically altered images has increased self-esteem issues and imperfection analyzation to the point that teens are undergoing surgeries to make them look more attractive and advance towards society’s standard of “perfection”.

If your teen is struggling with their appearance, particularly the way their nose looks, talking to them and discovering the root of their insecurity should be the first step to take as a parent.

Though embracing one’s natural beauty is a wonderful concept and should be encouraged, sometimes the insecurity can have a severely emotional impact on them, especially when other children can be so cruel when they discover each other’s insecurities.

Many begin to consider and research Rhinoplasty as a way to alleviate the pain caused by their insecurity and help them gain back some confidence. As one of the top cosmetic and facial surgeons in New York City, I want each patient who walks through these doors to feel safe and comfortable about their procedures. Our goal is to allow women and men to regain their self-esteem and feel more attractive when they look in the mirror.