Should Plastic Surgery Be Unnecessary? Essays

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Plastic surgery is a controversial topic for every age group often related to thoughts of vanity and self-serving rationalization. What has changed over the last several years though is the increasing amount of surgeries being performed on individuals eighteen years of age and under. While many consider plastic surgery to be unnecessary in all non-medical cases for minors, plastic surgery is ethical in special cases including individuals who have lost a significant amount of weight, identify as transgender, or face bullying and discrimination. The amount of extreme weight-loss patients who are teenagers choosing to remove excess skin through cosmetic surgery is increasing. Though the surgery is unnecessary, the surgery improves the self-esteem of those receiving it. For example, Kaitlyn Smith, a teenager who lost over two hundred pounds through diet and exercise alone, was still self-conscious about the excess skin that hung off her body. Smith set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for the several surgeries to remove her excess skin.“‘Since I am still so young, I just want to feel beautiful in my own skin,’ she wrote on the website. ‘I’ve come so far and proven to myself and others that it can be done’” (Cacich Plastic Surgeon Offers Free Skin Removal Surgery to Teen Who Lost 208 Pounds!) After hearing her story, Dr. Michael Salzhauer, a plastic surgeon from Miami, offered to perform the surgeries for free. After the surgeries, Smith has become more confident and her…

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