What the girls want to do for their 16th birthday nowadays? About 15 years ago they asked for a new dress, shoes; now they want breast enlargements. The problem of plastic surgeries being performed on minors is really controversial. Should adolescents be able to get what they want before they reach maturity or not? Young teen’s these days are influenced by the pressure of media and their parent’s actions, not thinking about their health, and becoming too eager to change their appearance.
There may be many reasons for that problem. About 10 years ago plastic surgery was something that only wealthy people might afford. The present day situation has changed dramatically and the demand is huge. In the 1990’s routine liposuction cost no less than $7,000, now the price of it as low as $700 (Di Carlo 2). Men and women are fighting for their looks in every way possible even if plastic surgery can harm their health. It does not matter how small the operation might be, no medical intervention is safe, and there is always a chance something goes wrong.
Cosmetic fairy tales in the U.S. are spreading through the minds of a nation. The magazines and TV are show pictures of celebrities with perfect bodies, perfect hair, and perfect appearance; that is the main idea of society nowadays. Those kinds of message people are getting each day from mass media. According to an American Society of Plastic Surgeon’s survey, about 60, 000 of respondents do not like their noses, 30,000 do not like their chins, 6,000 do not like their ears and another 6,000 do not like their eyes (ASPS 1).
In 2011 in the United States about 11.2 million plastic surgeries were performed. These include liposuctions, nose reshaping, breast implants, eyelid surgeries and buttocks implants(ASPS 1).Obviously those operations are cosmetically associated, but originally plastic surgeries were invented for people who suffer from damaging birth defects or accidents that are truly in need of that medical attention. Therefore, the surgical and medical cosmetic industry should reserve benefits for those who require it for health purposes.
There are many risks in plastic surgery, such as permanent numbness, infections, blood clots, and even death (Espejo 27). There are many numbers of cases where plastic surgery patients die during these operations. One of these is novelist Olivia Goldsmith who wanted to appear younger than she raged and went to a famous Manhattan Hospital for her chin tuck and during the operation her heart failed after going under the anesthesia (DiCarlo 1).
Those cases are rarely seen in public because nobody wants to show their flaws, so there are only the happy cases shown in mass media and our minors are there to believe. The ASPS reported that between the years of 2002 and 2003, the number of teens who get their breasts enlarged and get liposuctions done tripled from 3,900 to 11,300. Many of them received the surgery as a gift for their high school graduation from their parents (Espejo 61). Some doctors are worry that plastic surgery on teens’ developing bodies can be dangerous. In Australia and Germany, lawmakers are considering banning all, but necessary plastic surgery for anyone under 18 (Espejo 29).
In a documentary “Taboo” showed on TV discussed two cases of plastic surgeries that saved kids’ lives. In the first case there was a boy, whose mole had grown so big that by the age of six it covered his entire back like a turtle’s shell, earning him a nickname of Turtle Boy. His life was severely affected by the growth, covering more than half of his body circumference and the painful itchiness along with lowered self confidence was constantly disturbing. A British surgeon performed an operation on the Didier mole and it took him more than 6 hours. It was a dangerous, complicated and needed. The boy is feeling fine and happier than ever like his mother....