Teen Plastic Surgery: a Horrible Graduation Present That Teaches Kids Not to Accept Themselves

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Teen Plastic Surgery:
A horrible graduation present that teaches kids not to accept themselves Teen Plastic surgery:
A horrible graduation present that teaches kids not to accept themselves

From the tender age of 3, young girls and boys are exposed to toys that depict the perfect person. They begin to wonder early on why they don’t look like Barbie or Superman and start to dislike everything that makes them differ from their shiny plastic idol. Once turning 18 these same girls and boys have an option to change practically anything they want by going under the knife, but the parents that are allowing them to do so are saying that it is okay not to accept yourself for who you are. Letting teens undergo a life-threatening procedure as a graduation present has become a dangerous trend that leaves parents looking irresponsible.

Teenagers want to fit in and be accepted by their peers and altering their looks to what is seen as beautiful or handsome is an easy way to accomplish this goal. Girls are more often unhappy with their looks because of the unrealistic ideals of beauty in western culture (Feldman). Erica, an 18 year old from New York underwent a rhinoplasty to stop boys from bullying her. To her dismay the bullying continued after the surgery crushing her new found feeling of confidence (Corbett). The only person that needs to be pleased with their looks is them and they need to learn to love who they are.

By removing quirks or flaws teens are ultimately removing what makes them special and unique. For example the following quote is from an article about woman who had a rhinoplasty: "’I felt it was a defect,’" said Sabrina Weiss, she hated her nose. As a teenager, ‘It was a central obsession in my self-hatred .I felt like it was all anyone saw when they looked at Me. ’Today, Sabrina is 31 and regrets the decision to have had the nose job, noting in an “Despite everything the surgery did for me—and it did a lot—I wish I could undo it. ‘Why...
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