Cosmetic Surgery Problems

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Teenagers today think that cosmetic surgery is the solution for them to look pretty and get rid of the blemishes. There are two main themes in plastic surgery. The first one is to reconstruct the body defects that a person has and the second one is an aesthetic enhancement of normal form, also known as cosmetic surgery. Situations such as a birth defect or a fire accident are appropriate for people to get surgery. But if teenagers want to have cosmetic surgery just to “enhance” (Cosmetic Surgery Times 34) their body when there’s nothing wrong with their features, then there’s a problem. As Dr. Shelov believes that, “there are better ways of dealing with body image problems” (Ryan and Cocotos). Rather than going to cosmetic surgery as a solution,…show more content…
in Lawson) and an example is improving one’s self-esteem. Girls such as Julie, who underwent liposuction, said that “it was worth it [for her]” (qtd. in Ryan and Cocotos) because the surgery was successful. Even though there are teens out there who thought that cosmetic surgery was worth it, “[s]ome girls aren’t as lucky as Julie” (Ryan and Cocotos). Many teenagers turn to cosmetic surgery to enhance their appearance or increase self-esteem (WebMD). However, Joan Jacobs Brumberg,author of The Body Project, believes that having cosmetic surgery doesn’t always get rid of one’s low self-esteem (qtd. in Diclementi 200). Surgery should not be allowed for teengagers if there’s nothing wrong with their face and they look perfectly normal because “[n]ine times out of 10, it does nothing to help them on the inside’” (Styer qtd. in Ryan and…show more content…
There are many incidents on how the surgeries went wrong and worsened one’s features. It can leave one with regret. Some teens have regretted their surgery because it didn’t look the way they wanted it to. It cost 18 years old Jackeline Dyer both money ($5,000) and 2 operations to learn the lesson that she is fine the way she is (Diclementi 200). At age 18, Danielle Bryan went to get her nose done but she wasn’t happy after her nose job because she “thought a nose job would be the solution to all [her] problems” (Weathers and Jackson 44) but it wasn’t. Cosmetic surgery has risks which includes death. If the doctor is not careful, it can cost someone’s life. Lisa Marie Marinelli died from liposuction, the removal of excess fat. The doctor had tied the bandages too tightly, stopping the blood flow, resulting in her death (Diclementi 200). There are “added risks” (Ryan and Cocotos) for teens because they haven’t stopped growing and doctors are worried that it will be dangerous for teenagers to get cosmetic surgery at a young age. Most likely, “‘[s]omeone will die [from cosmetic surgery]’, warns Norman Waterhouse, a London-based surgeon and former president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS)” (Waterhouse qtd. in Lawton 54-56). There can be “emotional risks involved, as well” (Styer qtd. in Ryan and Cocotos), which
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