August 7, 2012 – Ahhh, the smell of chalk, glue and gym clothes. Back in the good old days when it was back-to-school time kids could look forward to new clothes, new tennis shoes and lots of notebooks and pencils. Now, as chalk boards are being replaced by dry erase boards, more teens are getting cosmetic surgery procedures as part of their back-to-school wardrobe.

But don’t worry; parents of teenagers aren’t condoning major cosmetic surgery like breast augmentation or chin implants. The back-to-school cosmetic surgery is more along the lines of acne scar treatment and facial laser skin resurfacing such as Fraxel Laser skin treatment.

According to an article in Consumer Affairs, cosmetic treatments for skin conditions are on the rise with teens. As more news reports of bullying surface, more parents are willing to try and prevent the social stigma and teasing that often comes with a bad complexion.

The article goes on to say that as more adults (parents) become comfortable with having cosmetic surgery, they also become more comfortable with letting their teens have cosmetic procedures. Advances in treatment methods and little to no downtime with minimally-invasive procedures are other reasons for the spike in teen cosmetic procedures.

The 2011 Plastic Surgery Statistics Report states that American teens age 13 to 19 had 76,755 invasive cosmetic surgery procedures and 153,862 minimally-invasive procedures last year. There were 5,818 chemical peels, 8,919 microdermabrasion sessions and 23,590 laser skin resurfacing treatments performed on teens in 2011.

Severe acne or other skin problems can have a psychological effect, lowering self-confidence and self-esteem during the formative teen years. There is some debate as to whether parents letting teens have cosmetic surgery promotes an unrealistic body and beauty ideal. But if cosmetic surgery treatments for the face and skin can improve the quality of life for teens suffering from severe acne, the benefits may outweigh the criticism.

[tags]Laser Skin Resurfacing, Fraxel Laser, Cosmetic Surgery[/tags]