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Cosmetic Surgery on Teenagers

Shirrena E. Perkins

Course: COM/150

February 28, 2010

Grace Clausing
Table of Contents
• Introduction

• Body and Mind Still Developing During Teenage Years

• Is It All Right To Seek Surgery With Unrealistic Expectations

• Regrets

• Legal or Illegal

• Conclusion


A desire among teenagers to undergo cosmetic surgery has been on a rapid rise. This can mostly be contributed to these new reality television shows that now air on a weekly basis that they have become addicted to watching. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) (2010) stated, “More than 219,000 cosmetic procedures were performed on people 13-19 in 2008.” Although some believe administering cosmetic surgery on teenagers is all right, teenagers are too young and not mature enough to foresee the consequences of their actions. Some reasons teenagers seek cosmetic surgery are to find one’s own identity, a beauty enhancement or peer acceptance, the desire or need to fit in. All these reasons along with many others are not good reasons why a teenager should undergo cosmetic surgery. Growing up from childhood to adulthood is a process. After filling one of these needs during their teenage years while physically and mentally underdeveloped, he or she may take the risk of having regrets later on in his or her life. Body and Mind Still Developing During Teenage Years

It is common knowledge for most to know that a teenager’s body can still be going through a development stage all the way up until their late teens and early twenties. It mentions in the Growth Problems section of the Teens Health website, teenagers go through a stage in their lives called constitutional growth delay; or what some may classify this group of children, “late bloomers.” (Dowshen, 2007, para. 7) During this time, a child’s growth rate is normal in his or her younger years, but slows down in his or her later years which cause a delay in puberty. If young girls were to have a breast augmentation, (enhancement), and their breasts have not fully developed, there is a chance they may end up larger than anticipated. In addition to physical development, there is the issue of mental development, maturity. Depending on a child’s maturity level at the time he or she is exploring different surgery options; they may not be capable of weighing important factors associated with cosmetic surgery. One should know the risks involved with cosmetic surgery, like the wound not healing properly after surgery due to an infection occurring. Complications might arise while in surgery causing heaving bleeding. One also should consider the success rate and understand how to properly care for them self post surgery. One should not rush recovery and be anxious to show the world their new look. They take the risk complications arising which could place them back in the hospital. Last, one should be seeking surgery for all the correct reasons. Is It All Right to Seek Surgery with Unrealistic Expectations If one is seeking cosmetic surgery because he or she is trying to fit in or be accepted by their peers, get the attention of the opposite sex or thinking he or she can look like a celebrity, look famous, these are all reasons that have unrealistic expectation. Surgeons should send the patient seeking cosmetic surgery back to re-evaluate what is most important to them as well as help feed their parents a dose of reality if they are on board with the teenager’s decision. Dr. John Grossman is one of many doctors who agree with the idea of teenagers receiving plastic surgery with unrealistic expectations. He is the chairman of the plastic surgery department at Rose Medical Center in Denver. According to Simons (2004), author of the article titled, TV’s Magic Makeovers Might Scar Kids’ Thinking, (para. 12), Dr. Grossman said, “If a teen’s...
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