Should Teenagers Be Discouraged from Doing Plastic Surgery? Essay

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Should teenagers be discouraged from doing plastic surgery?
What is plastic surgery? Plastic surgery is ‘the process of reconstructing or repairing parts of the body by the transfer of tissue, either in the treatment of injury or for cosmetic reasons’ (Oxford Dictionaries, 2010). Sushrutha from India, who is known as the ‘Father of Plastic Surgery’, had carried out plastic surgery a millennium before Hippocrates as well as two millenniums before European stalwarts such as Celsius and Galen (Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery, 2009). Today, plastic surgery is becoming very popular among all people especially for teenagers. The number of teenage girls who underwent breast implant had increased from 3,872 to 11,326 in Washington, DC, USA.
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For instance, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, underwent plastic surgery many times before his death. He has undergone plastic surgery to do a nose job and changed his colour of skin. According to Dr. Eileen Bradbury, who is a consultant psychologist at the Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, she said that people will be addicted to plastic surgery in order to get more attention, however, once the attention is finished, they will go for another surgery for getting more attention (Templeton, 2006). Therefore, patients may not be able to control themselves from the urge of changing their physical appearance by doing plastic surgery.
In monetary areas, the price of undergoing plastic surgery is very high. ‘According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, plastic surgery became even more expensive in 2007.’ (Nichols, 2007) Therefore, not every person is able to afford plastic surgery as the cost is very high. People who cannot afford the high cost of surgery such as teenager will do it illegally as the cost will be cheaper. This is a very dangerous choice as risk may increase because there are many unlicensed and unprofessional doctors as well as incomplete facilities for this to be done. Although initially, illegal plastic surgery with unprofessional procedures will be much cheaper, however, it can turn to become more expensive than the professional plastic surgeon in the future. This is due to the fact that, the patient who

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