Teenage Plastic Surgery Essay

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Teenage Plastic Sugery

In 2003, teenagers 18 years old and younger represented 4 percent of those receiving cosmetic plastic surgery in 2003. Although the percentage may seem small, it represents over 330,000 school-aged youths who had some kind of cosmetic surgery or procedure, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

The standards for a perfect body have been getting narrower, and teens and college students are reacting to the pressure. According to the ASPS, plastic surgeons preformed over 8.7 million total cosmetic surgery procedures in 2003, a 33 percent increase from last year.

Kat* is a 19-year-old sophomore at Northeastern University who has seriously been considering breast implants for the past
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The second most popular, with about 16,000 youths receiving it in 2003, is octoplasty, or ear surgery. This procedure, to reshape or keep ears from sticking out has been preformed on children as young as 4.

About 4,000 girls, 18 years old and younger, received breast implants in 2003 and about 3,000 boys under 18 had breast reductions.

The surgery that carries the most risk in both youths and adults is breast implants.

Medical journals have discussed recent studies that have disproved the notion that breast implants increase the risk of breast cancer; implants can interfere with the accuracy of mammograms. It is hard to detect incongruities because the implant itself is in the way and the scar tissue that tends to form around it. The implant can also make it difficult to physically take a mammogram because of its shape and size, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Some women can to breast feed after implants, but some cannot, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Getting implants with an incision around the nipple, which has been declining in popularity, decreases the chance that the woman will be able to breast feed. Many women, though physically able to breast feed, do not produce enough milk for the baby. Many younger girls are not considering pregnancy and do not consider these risks because they are not imminent.

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