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Pass the scalpel: The new graduation gift

Teenage Plastic Surgery?

The topic of this article is the latest craze in plastic surgery, namely: teenage plastic surgery.

In a culture where the media constantly focuses on the lives of seemingly picture-perfect sex symbol celebrities, and teenage girls with self-confidence issues, bra and waist sizes those of no front page face out there, it is no wonder the evidence of this – some would dare say, disturbing – phenomenon is hitting us from all sides.

What's worse is, the teenage kids (mostly girls) willing to go through cosmetic surgery, seem to have all the support their parents can provide.

So with this said, is it really that strange that there are so many cosmetic surgery reality shows out there with hardly-ever-18 girls as their stars? It appears as though it is a most unfortunate, yet curious, byproduct of the leisure industry – but are they really the ones to blame?

To slice or not to slice?

When an 18 year old girl applies for an increase in breast size, all is fine and well. To some, it may seem distasteful and unnecessary, but she is 18 and it is all within her own responsibility and legal rights.

The problem occurs when a 17-year-old who needs a written permission from a legal guardian applies for the same job. There are two problems which could surface at such a scenario. Number one is the fact that, it is after all, the parents who've granted Miss Little Insecure the permission to slice up her immature, still developing body in order to interfere with its own, unfinished development. The second problem is psychological. Teenagers tend to have fairly fragile and oversensitive psyches – it's just the way mother nature rolls during the formative years – so the question of whether such a psyche is able to adopt to those drastic changes after the procedure is over is no small matter.

People in favor of teenage cosmetic surgery argue that today's teenagers are far more (psychologically) advanced, and thus more mature, than their parents were at the same age. This consequentially leads to girls thinking of how they're going to look in a prom dress, rather than just sitting in their rooms and eagerly expecting the prom.

Stitching it Up

Conclusively, teenage plastic surgery is mostly about the parent-child relationship. That is to say the decision hangs the heaviest upon the parents knowing of what the kid really wants – whether it be a flash of attention that will leave her regretting the decision for many years to come, or truly the desire to reshape her body using cosmetic surgery.

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