Plastic Surgery: The Consequences And Effects Of Cosmetic Surgery

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In 2012, more than 236,000 cosmetic surgeries have been performed on teens between the age of 13 through 19 (Zuckerman). Plastic surgery is defined as a special type of surgery that alters, repairs, or reconstructs a person’s physical defects or features (Joseph and Pierre 60). Plastic or cosmetic surgery has gone back as far as 2000 B.C. in India and Egypt. Around the first century B.C., Roman physicians practiced early surgical methods to alter one’s body (Salcido). The Amount of people having surgeries is on the rise. In 2002 – 2003 the amount of plastic surgeries has tripled from 3,872 to 11, 326 (Joseph and Pierre). Teens should not be able to alter their bodies through the form of cosmetic surgery due to the effects on the body, impacts …show more content…
Society has made this image of beauty that is just unrealistic. They think everyone should be looking like Barbie dolls and perfect and you don’t fall into these “beauty standards” then you’re not beautiful. According to Zuckerman, “There may be strong cultural pressures that are so unrealistic in terms of how we are suppose to look” (Zuckerman). And in other words, according to Bethanne Snodgrass, “Adolescents tend to fixate on visible body parts that fall anywhere outside the ‘average’. Typically noses for boys and breast and noses for girls receive the most self scrutiny” , this quote can be translated as teens will change a specific body part if that certain part doesn’t fall into the ‘average’ or what society deems fit . Teens tend crack under the pressure from society. Of course every teen is going to want to fit into society. They will even get to extreme lengths such as getting plastic surgery. Peer pressure and social position of the person play an enormous role in an adolescent’s life. Looks become in important and if you don’t look a specific way, then you don’t fit in. For example with the Kylie Jenner challenge. When teens would suck on shot glasses to get bigger lips. They do this to try and fit in. Social media plays a huge role in girl wanting cosmetic surgery .You can see plastic surgery advertized everywhere. There are countless television shows such as Botched which fixes botched surgeries Once said by Beth Katz , “ I think a lot of it has to do with media and everything that teens see in the media with big breast being associated with beauty ” . When teens see other people in society such as fellow peers, celebrities, or even fellow family members post about having work done, it may be a trigger for them to want such surgeries done. Teens are starting to get exposed to these types of body

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