Essay on Teenage Cosmetic Surgery

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To many, the notion of a teenager undergoing plastic surgery is appalling and unbelievable. For others, such as eleven-year-old Julia, a nose job was able to help her lead a happier and more normal life. To eighteen-year-old Kristen a breast augmentation is a traditional rite of passage of the family. She claims that she “just wanted to look normal,” and that after surgery, she does. (Sweeny, 2009) In these types of cases, cosmetic surgery can be beneficial to the confidence of teenagers in what Ann Kearney-Cooke calls “an epidemic of low self-esteem among girls.” (Sweeney, 2009) Whether it is a physical deformity, such as protruding ears, or simply a lack of something that other peers have, such as large breasts, cosmetic surgery can help …show more content…
(ASPS, 2011) In 2010 alone, rhinoplasty in itself has been conducted over 35,000 times on teens, and breast alterations have been done on more than 15,000 teens. (ASPS, 2011)
Regardless of substantial health risks and complications, many teenagers are undergoing cosmetic surgery. The primary reason is low self-esteem, resulting from bullying, messages in the media, and body image. A rise in bullying over the past few years is a major cause of low self-esteem. Bullying can result in severe anxiety and frustration, as well as extreme consequences directed inwards or outwards, such as suicide or a school shooting. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is, in fact, the third largest cause of death among young people and for every suicide there are at least 100 suicide attempts. One in four teens and 60 percent of middle school students have been bullied, showing the increase in bullying in progressively younger generations. (Bullying Statistics, 2009)
Unrealistic portrayals of beauty in celebrities and the media are also particularly influential in the self-esteem of adolescents. By showing such perfect and unfeasible body types as the “culturally determined standard of physical

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