Cosmetic Surgery on Teenagers

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Cosmetic surgery on teenagers


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The overarching subjects to which we are introduced in texts one and two is, without doubt, the focus (or rather the criticism) on the many and more to come plastic/cosmetic surgeries on adolescent girls and boys. Subjects appearing in the texts are for example, Valerie Ulene’s view on the increased procedures of plastic surgery, while Dr. John Canedy raises the question; does plastic surgery have a positive mental outcome, or does it not have an outcome at all, besides the physical result (such as with a nose job, breast augmentation or liposuction). Camilla Sweeney says that people seek self-esteem through surgery.

Valerie Ulene is a specialist in preventive medicine in LA., and she wrote the article: ‘‘Plastic surgery for teens’’. She uses herself as an example on plastic surgery. She writes: ‘‘to say I disliked my nose as a teenager would be an understatement. Both its size and its shape made me feel as if I stood out (…) At the time, the plastic surgery boom was just beginning to gain steam and, for the most part, adolescents weren’t on-board. Times have certainly changed’’. Well, the most vital part of this quote is the statement that the adolescents weren’t on board, and that times have certainly changed now. She refers to an estimation that The American Society of Plastic surgeons have made; they estimate that more than 330.000 adolescents underwent cosmetic procedures in 2007. In this article, she introduces us to two very important people, Diana Zuckerman, president of the National Research Center for Women and Families, which is a non-profit organization, that works to enhance the health of women and children, as well as Dr. John Canedy, president of the American society of Plastic Surgeons. Diana Z. says that the society is to blame for the increasing amount of plastic surgeries.

‘‘We’ve made a decision about what beauty looks like in this country, and everybody – teens in...
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