Cosmetic Surgery and Teens
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Teenagers should not get plastic surgery because they are not mentally or physically prepared. Teen bodies are still maturing and growing. Even if a teen is fully grown they still might not be mentally prepared for the outcome. Teens think plastic surgery can fix their issues but they must have realistic expectations of the procedure. Surgeries performed at age 16 are likely to be out of proportion by the age of 25 (Lusted 48). As teens mature their body image tends to improve with or without plastic surgery. Some plastic surgeons, or health practitioners, have the opinion that children under the age of 18 should only be getting plastic surgery for medical or psychological reasons (Fairfa 1). Teenagers typically do not have the ability to rationalize their decision in a long term time frame. If teens do not consider the short term side effects of things like tanning, smoking, and other risky behavior then they also are unlikely to evaluate the long term effects of something as permanent and serious as plastic surgery.
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Through the good and bad, plastic surgery still possess risks. The goal of plastic surgery is to truly improve one's appearance, but it may be hard to distinguish between this desire and a flaw that is so minor that a correction would never even be noticeable to others. Television programs and magazines boast that a perfect body is important and attainable. What teenagers fail to understand is that through the ability of lighting and markup, actors appear more physically appealing. In print ads, where virtually no photo goes unaltered by editors, even top models and celebrities have their photographs significantly retouched. These images continue to show a false, unattainable level of beauty that cannot be achieved by the average person with or without plastic surgery. Teens cannot comprehend that no surgical procedure is risk free. Overall, their decision depends on their reason and expectation of their surgery. But is a possible side effect of death worth it just to look better?
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