Teenage Cosmetic Surgery

1868 Words Apr 8th, 2012 8 Pages
TEENAGE COSMETIC SURGERY
How young should some one be before they are ready to have cosmetic surgery? According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery reports “the number of girls eight-teen and younger getting cosmetic surgeries, such as breast augmentations has nearly tripled from 3,872 in the year of 2002 to 11,326 in the year of 2003“ ( Farrell 1 ). The increasing number of teenage girls under twenty having cosmetic surgeries should be aware of the risks, know that their bodies aren’t ready to go under such procedures and that they should not allow the media or low self-esteem influence their decisions.
One cause for teens participating in cosmetic surgery is because the media portrays an unreality view of beauty.
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Many teens idolize a celebrity, which is normal, but wanting to be or look like one is a different subject. Some teens bring in a picture of a celebrity and allow the doctor to show them how they may be able to have features more like the celebrity. Many cosmetic surgeons discourage anyone wanting to look exactly like anyone else. “This is unrealistic and may indicate a more serious problem like Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). BDD is the inability of an individual to see how they appear.” (Palmer). People who have BDD tend to have a distorted view of themselves meaning they don’t see themselves the ways other people do. These teens believe that cosmetic surgery will solve their physically problems, but looking like some else doesn’t help them figure out who they are.

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“One of the concerns about plastic surgery on adolescents is that their bodies are still maturing. In addition to development that may occur in the late teens, growth charts indicate that the average girl gains weight between the ages of 18 and 21, that is likely to change her desire or need for breast augmentations as well as liposuction.” (Zuckerman
1). A teenager’s body may not be fully developed until they reach 18 or maybe even 21. With that said some cosmetic surgeries, not all but most, can interfere with the body’s natural growth. No matter how much a teenager may want breast augmentations, liposuction, or cheek
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