By Carmen Roverez
Teens deal with self-esteem issues, body
image issues and peer pressure on a daily basis. The thing
that's different today is that many teens are choosing
plastic surgery as a solution to their insecurities. Take
Amanda. Her decision to go for breast implants seemed silly
at first, but then I realized the kind of pressures she was
facing. There are a lot of opinions on the matter, but no
matter how you feel about plastic surgery, the fact remains
that it's dangerous going 'under the knife'.
The three most popular cosmetic surgeries
for teens are:
- rhinoplasty (nose job)
- otoplasty (ear pin)
- breast reduction
These are not the only surgeries teens
are electing for, some teens are fighting for liposuction,
breast implants, eye tucks, botox injections, tummy tucks
and the list goes on. In some cases, you have to reach the
age of consent (16 or 18 depending on where you live) to have
these cosmetic surgeries. But, in many cases, with parental
or guardian support and approval from a surgeon, these cosmetic
surgeries can be performed on teens as young as 16 regardless
of the age of consent.
Although plastic surgery is a personal
decision, the long-term effects can outweigh the solution.
If you're considering cosmetic surgery to increase self-esteem
(breast implants because you are teased about being flat-chested),
you're bandaging the problem. Once the instant gratification
of your new 'look' wears off, you're still
'you'. Remember, teens can continue to grow and
change well into their 20's, so make sure your body
is done growing before you decide to start altering it.
surgery is your only option (perhaps you have a very crooked
nose and have received confirmation from a doctor that it
will not grow or change any more on its own), then make sure
you're making an educated decision. Research the procedure.
Be very aware of exactly what will happen when you are being
operated on and make sure you're getting your surgery
from a well-respected surgeon. Make the decision with a parent
and talk to a psychologist before your surgery to make sure
you understand everything. Surgery is a pretty big deal and
serious things can go wrong. Know what you're getting
into, know the risks and know that you are prepared for the
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