Ask about computer imaging, about photographs of patients with features like yours. "You're always going to see the best, but some are honest enough to show you their '80%' pictures," says Powell. "Otherwise, there's an implied guarantee. Some even supply you with former patients to talk to. Even then, sometimes you get just the 'wow' patients."
10. Teen surgery. "Lots of kids feel shy, feel self-conscious about themselves," says Powell. "We have to be very careful. Once we talk to them, realize they're socially and emotionally stable -- and if they have a real problem, we will fix it. Sometimes fixing the nose or something that makes a teenager stand out can really help their self-image."
"Liposuction is a little bit iffy for teenagers," he says. "But we do a fair number of noses -- that's an obvious deformity and something that can be corrected at that age with very good results. Pinning ears back if they're very self-conscious can help. We can also correct acne scarring, once the acne process stops."
But parents should make sure there's a real good reason for the facial plastic surgery, says Powell. "If the teen wants to look like Britney Spears, that's one thing. We can't do that. It's important that a teen already has a good self-image, that they just need a little help with body image."