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Girls in today’s world are exposed to more body image related issues and information than ever before. This includes from well informed (and endowed) peers, exposure to countless magazines displaying a profusion of voluptuous female bodies, countless sexually overt TV shows, and limitless information and images from the internet. With particular emphasis on breast size, those that are or feel deficient often know what they need to do. Get breast implants!

Dissatisfaction with one’s body image, including breast size, is the norm for the adolescent female. During this period of time, they are growing physically and experiencing myriad psychological and emotional issues and variability. This translates into a period of exceptional instability during which it would not be prudent to consider most cosmetic surgery procedures.

At what age, then, would a girl/woman be an appropriate candidate for a breast enlargement surgery? Though there is not be an exact right or wrong answer given the variability in emotional, physical and intellectual maturation between individuals, my personal recommendation is to wait until 18 years of age except in unusual circumstances. For many reasons, I feel this is best for all parties involved.

There are exceptions, of course. Girls who have breasts of markedly different sizes where the disparities are difficult to camouflage or who have extreme under-development or congenital absence on one side would be candidates for surgery at an earlier age. Technically, these can be considered to be reconstructive procedures.

For further information on breast augmentation, breast implants or any other cosmetic procedure, you can contact my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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