Is there an age limit for cosmetic surgery?

There are several key things to consider on the subject of cosmetic surgery and one is in regards to age restrictions, and the legal UK age requirement. In this article we will be exploring the topic further to help provide you with some insight. Please note all provided information was relevant at the time of writing and updates in the law could cause changes.

Cosmetic surgery is something that is undertaken by people of various generations, but of course there has to be a lower limit to uphold the legal law. Please consider throughout this article, that the legal age of consent is one thing, but just because you are above that age it does not necessarily mean it is the right move for you.

So, current UK law says that anyone over the age of 16 can consent to undergo cosmetic surgery. Having said this, it will depend on the circumstances of each individual case as many cosmetic surgeries won’t perform procedures on anyone under 18. This is actually in part due to scientific reasons as it is difficult for surgery to be performed before this age as facial growth and bone structure would not have yet fully matured. In other words, the body and bone structure is still growing which puts a lot of cosmetic surgeries out of the question, most of them in fact.. The reason for this is that  if an operation was to be made where a body and bone structure was still growing on a young person, results could occur that would not look desirable once this person reached adulthood. A lot of surgeries just will not operate on anyone under the age of 18, full stop.

Of course, it is not just about the physical implications, but the psychological ones too. Anxieties around appearance can hit at any age, but during the teenage period when a particularly vast amount of body changes are being experienced, including the factor of hormonal impulses and potential peer pressure, such anxieties are often greatly increased. This can result in a set of very unsuitable grounds for choosing plastic surgery. An example of an exception to this rule would be someone who has experienced specific damage or has a medical condition which could be improved through the undertaking of cosmetic surgery.

Ultimately, a younger person such as one who is at the legal age or only just above, should give very careful consideration as anyone else should, but that extra length due to their young age and added implications. It is good for an individual to talk over their options carefully with a responsible adult and a respected surgeon.