If you’re a parent of a soon to be high school graduate, then you’ve probably been inundated with graduation gift ideas from your teen.
But what if your daughter asked you for breast implants?
That is becoming a more popular request from high school seniors.
It’s a growing trend – getting a cap and gown, and then a couple of these:
“It’s been in the past 5 to 7 years we are seeing more of these types of gifts that you see for graduation…,” said Dr. Rod Rohrich, a plastic surgeon.
And Dr. Rohrich says it’s because, for many young women, it’s about timing. Often these patients have 2-3 months to recover before starting a new life at college.
There’s a lot of peer pressure as well,” says Rohrich.
But still, there are some things parents need to consider before deciding to pay for the operation.
Dr. Rohrich says often 17 and 18 year-olds may not be psychologically ready for the surgical procedure.
Also, implants are a lifetime commitment that have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.
Ultimately the board certified surgeon will decide whether your teen is a good candidate.
The number of teens getting implants is still relatively low.
According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 3,300 augmentations were done on females age 18 or younger last year.
That’s just 1.1 percent of the total number of procedures done.