By Suu Elen Manzano |Staff writer|
Teens are getting a distorted message that’s telling them that if they don’t match the mainstream media image, they can just cut and snip their way to perfection.
I can remember begging my parents to get my ears pierced as a teen but I never begged for plastic surgery.
Things have changed since my day though.
Teens now ask for cosmetic surgeries in lieu of birthday and graduation gifts.
There is a problem with plastic surgery at this age, the motivation behind it, the social pressure to appear a certain way is usually the main motivating factor to change appearance.
“Teens frequently gain self-esteem and confidence when their physical problems are corrected. In fact, successful plastic surgery may reverse the social withdrawal that so often accompanies teens who feel different,” according to American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
So these plastic surgeons say social awkwardness can be cured by plastic surgery and so can self-esteem and confidence issues.
We should all be so lucky.
Allowing teens to get cosmetic surgeries at such a young age doesn’t allow them the time to develop true self-esteem.
Self-esteem, is love for who they are and what they are capable of achieving, not for who they look like, or how “hot” they are.
“I believe they are so young they still don’t really know what they want,” said student Ana Macias. “And there are alternatives to some surgeries.”
A prime example is that of a Texas family who allowed their 12-year-old daughter to undergo liposuction to remove 35 pounds.
Although the young girl was overweight for her age group, her parents could have tried other alternatives: exercise, diet and motivation.
She is still growing and can easily gain back the weight because no personal efforts were made to lose them.
Also not every teen is suited for surgery, although many will swear that they are mature and have considered all the risks involved.
It is difficult to gauge whether teens are truly ready to endure the physical pain and change in appearance, and the results which may not be what they had anticipated.
These risks range from blood clots, infections, scarring, nerve damage, reactions to anesthesia, death of tissue due to lack of oxygen (necrosis) and countless others.
“At 16, 17 you really don’t know what you want even if you think you do,” said student Brittney Johnson.
Unfortunately many parents also lack the maturity to tell their kids to wait it out, to see if they really want to change a feature that’s so unique that only they were born with.
I was a teen once and swore I hated the way I looked, I wanted to change my appearance so bad, but I don’t have those feelings about myself anymore.
I got there without the need of out plastic surgery.