Cosmetic Surgery : Surgical And Nonsurgical Procedures

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Cosmetic plastic surgery is surgical and nonsurgical procedures that reshape the normal body structure in order to improve appearance and self-esteem. Some of the most common cosmetic procedures are breast augmentation, liposuction, and rhinoplasty. Individuals with a healthy mind, positive outlook, and realistic expectations are appropriate candidates for cosmetic procedures. Plastic surgery is a personal choice and should not be done to fulfill someone else’s desires or to try to fit into an ideal image. Teens under the age of eighteen should not be eligible to receive cosmetic surgery because they are not yet fully developed, may not be psychologically prepared, and are not completely aware of the consequences and complications involved with cosmetic surgery. During adolescence, young people are going through many changes as they begin physical maturity. Between the ages of twelve and eighteen, adolescents are developing and maturing. What may seem like a big nose at thirteen may change once that person becomes an adult. Operating on a feature that has not fully developed could interfere with its growth, and continued growth could negate the benefits of the surgery later on. Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Center for Health Research, says that, “Growth charts indicate that the average young woman gains weight between the ages of eighteen and twenty-one, and that is likely to change her desire or need for breast augmentation and liposuction.” If teens just
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