The Negative Effects Of Plastic Surgery On Teenagers

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There are more than seven billion people in this world and according to recent studies almost forty percent of teenagers have thought about participating in some sort of plastic surgery. In addition to that study, over 200,000 teenagers have actually received work. According to Zuckerman, more than 236,000 of those procedures were to people between the ages of 13 and 19. So the question is why do teens suddenly have the desire to have a procedure done? Plastic surgery has created an unreasonable standard for females which has caused self esteem to plummet in teenagers throughout America. Cosmetic surgery has become more popular than ever before. Surgery has forced females into thinking that perfect is normal, it has given teens false hope about …show more content…
Alessandra Lemma writes, “Society reinforces the belief that you can find external solutions to internal psychic pain” (Jackson). Young females jump to the conclusion that participating in surgery will magically boost their confidence and rid all the troubles they currently deal with emotionally. Plastic surgery can not be the answer to a young females self-doubt. When considering plastic surgery doctors assume that teenagers simply are not capable of thinking clearly about their decision first. In fact, most doctors recommend self therapy before undergoing plastic surgery. Most females desire to feel loved and accepted by everyone. When someone does not give them the love they desire young females tend to try and figure out what they did wrong. Women turn to surgeries and expensive procedures to fill the gap in their lives when that is a huge mistake. Studies have found that after a female undergoes plastic surgery her body-image satisfaction has greatly increased, however, it also revealed that body-image satisfaction improved greatly in females who did not participate in surgery. (Zuckerman). To truly feel loved starts with self acceptance and no amount of surgeries can fix that internal issue. Heidi Montag says, “Surgery ruined my career and brought a lot of negativity into my world. It does not matter what you do on the outside if you are not happy …show more content…
Ali and Lam write, “There are many risks in plastic surgery, such as permanent numbness, infections, blood clots, and even death. Because teens ' bodies are still developing, what they change now may not look the same in a year. What feels like a big nose at 11 might be perfect once the face is done growing. With surgery, it could end up looking worse later”. Doctors often worry if teenager are emotionally stable enough to make a life changing decision such as surgery. What matters at the age of fifteen does not always matter at the age of thirty so should teenagers be given that much responsibility? Doctors worry that teenagers do not fully comprehend all that could go wrong throughout the procedure. Zuckerman writes, “Despite the documented risks, the general public has an inflated sense of the benefits and a minimized senses of the risks of plastic surgery.” There are many physical risks and even emotional damage that can be done after a surgery. People have spent weeks and some have even spent months recovering from a simple procedure, and doctors are concerned that young people have not done enough research on the bad sides of plastic surgery. Teenagers have already disregarded the simple risks of smoking or laying in the tanning bed so why should they be trusted with something as huge as plastic surgery?

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