Plastic Surgery For Teens

Plastic surgery for teens has become more and more popular and mainstream. Would you let your daughter get something "fixed" at a young age?

Moms facing off this week

Audrey McClelland, founder of Mom Generations, and her friend Annie Shultz, founder of Mama Dweeb.

The scenario

Your 13-year-old daughter isn't happy with the way she looks.

She walks around feeling insecure about her looks.

There's nothing you can say that will make her feel "better."

It's not an easy thing to witness because you know you've been there, too.

It's that awkward teenage time in her life.

She's asked about getting plastic surgery. What do you do?

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Question:  Is 13 years old too young for a nose job?

Audrey McClelland

Mom Generations


This is a tough one for me because I have had a personal experience with this. My sister, at the age of 12 years old, had a nose job.

My sister was born with a bump on her nose. She hated it. Every time she walked to a mirror, she would hold her finger up to her nose on the side so you couldn't see the bump. It was very difficult to see because I knew she was so uncomfortable.

At 12 years old, after many doctor consultations, my parents allowed my sister to have the bump removed and smoothed down. It wasn't an easy decision for them -- it really was an emotional roller coaster.

But I will say that it changed my sister. It was exactly what she needed for her confidence. She became a "new" Janie, and as her sister, it was incredible to see.

If one of my sons asked for a nose job, and I knew how difficult it was for them to live in their own skin, even at the age of 12 or 13 years old, I would do it in a heartbeat. That being said -- I'm not about the boobies!

Annie Shultz

Mama Dweeb


Thirteen is far too young for a nose job.

At this age, the face is still growing and changing. I understand how awkward those early teen years are, but plastic surgery is not the solution.

Unfortunately, stars like Ashley Tisdale, who was the star of High School Musical and admired by tweens across the nation, got a nose job. She was far older than 13, but it sent a message to those impressionable teens -- even the most beautiful girl from a super popular Disney movie wasn't perfect enough. This is so sad.

When a girl's body is growing and changing, she needs to see and hear people say she is beautiful just the way she is.

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Comments on "Mom Blogger Face-off: Is 13 years old too young for a nose job?"

Lauren June 23, 2012 | 1:25 PM

When I first read the title, I thought yes definitely!! After reading Audrey's experience with her sister, I do have a change of heart. If it's something that is obviously funky about the nose, and it really is bothering the child, then why not. I would encourage the child waiting as long as possible, but overall I think I would allow my child to get that if she really wanted to and I thought it would help her self esteem.

Shasta Walton April 23, 2012 | 7:31 PM

YES!!! 13 is too young for a nose job! I agree with Annie! Kids need to grow completely before surgery is considered unless it's for medical purposes that pose health risks. If you tell your 13 yr old she needs surgery at such a young age you may as well go ahead and get the boob job and cheek implants as well. Obviously I'm joking, but I think we should make sure young girls focus on what is great about them and looks will fade but character won't!!

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