In 2014, approximately 8,000 teenagers (age 13 - 19) had undergone breast augmentation. In 2010 the number of teen procedures was 4,600. This increase in teen plastic surgery has warranted some questions. Mainly, is there an appropriate age for threshold for plastic surgery? Due to this increase, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has released new guidelines when determining if plastic surgery is appropriate for teens.
Plastic surgeons understand that teens may become anxious because of their appearance. However, most of these anxieties can be resolved by educating the patient on what a "normal appearance" is. Many teens are voicing concern over their appearance which may be due to the "idealized" images of young teens.