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Rise of Plastic Surgery in Teens and Young Women

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Forever Young: The Rise of Plastic Surgery in the Age of the Selfie. 2014. Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Center. Beverly Hills. Web. 08 Nov. 2014

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There is no doubt that social media plays a huge part in plastic surgery among teenagers. Many teens feel that they have to look a certain way, dress a certain way and conform to social norms in order to be accepted. The photo above is an info graph provided by the Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery Center. The statistics shown above are from 2012-2013 and gives information on which surgeries increased over time and what it takes to get likes on the site “Instagram.” Based on the info graph teens are so caught up in looks today, that they are willing to do anything to get the perfect look, better yet the perfect “selfie.” Selfies make teens evaluate every aspect of their face and over analyze everything that may not be perfect or normal to others. Conforming to social norms is fine and well but being an individual and accepting personal imperfections is even better.

 

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Rise of Plastic Surgery in Teens and Young Women

Gates, David. "Finding Neverland." The McGraw-Hill Reader: Issues across the Disciplines. Twelfth Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2014. 511-515. Print.

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The essay “Finding Neverland,” was the inspiration behind the topic of plastic surgery that was chosen. Gates writes about musical legend Michael Jackson and his infatuation with childhood, seeing that he never truly had one. Throughout his life and career, Jackson tried hard to find himself, to conform to social norms. Jackson had several surgeries starting out as a young adult in his mid-twenties; the transformation as Gates put it had begun before Jackson released Thriller (14 minute video/mini movie). Jackson appeared to appeal more to the Caucasian public by using skin lightening creams to make himself seem lighter, and even relaxed his hair. Jackson had several facial surgeries, on his quest to find himself and his true meaning of happiness. As many doctors have stated, plastic surgery does not always improve self-esteem or even bring happiness, with Michael Jackson being a prime example teens should really be 100 percent sure that cosmetic procedures are what they truly want. Readers can learn so much from Gates’s essay about the “King of Pop” including why Jackson fixed himself racially. Over the years Jackson’s hair went from “kinky to straight, his lips from full to thin, his nose from broad to pinched, his skin from dark to a ghastly pallor.” He tried to make himself the epitome of the American Dream, once again in an attempt to find his true happiness. By the date of his untimely death, Jackson resembled a completely different person, almost a ghost-like figure whom still hadn’t found true happiness. 

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Rise of Plastic Surgery in Teens and Young Women

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Teens Plastic Surgery. 2010. Deseret News Graphic, American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Web. 12 Mar. 2013.

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The photo above from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows the number of cosmetic procedures performed in the U.S. in 2010. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Nose reshaping was the most common cosmetic procedure performed. Over 35,000 teens found a flaw in the construction of their nose, while Dermabrasions had the least amount of surgeries performed with only 3,000 procedures. Based on the photo above many teens ages 13-19 have found many imperfections in their physical features. Other procedures listed but not accounted for are, lip augmentations, eyelid surgery, and chin augmentation/reduction. A total of 110,600 cosmetic procedures have been accounted for in 2010, including surgeries performed on both men and women. Some teens are not mature enough to make decisions about plastic surgery on their own so doctors, insist that parents aid and support the teens as they decide to have a cosmetic procedure.

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Rise of Plastic Surgery in Teens and Young Women

Wansbrough, Liane Beam. "Bodies under Construction: Teen Cosmetic Surgery." FAZE Magazine. Print.

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Wansbrough brings insight into the world of cosmetic procedures and the trend regarding teenagers and their involvement. Wansbrough interviewed Dr. Darrick Antell, a top New York City plastic surgeon. Antell told Wansbrough, “one of the main reasons for the increase is visibility: today’s teenagers are growing up with parents who have had cosmetic surgery, so they see and hear about it more.” In a poll on FAZE Magazine’s website, 32% of people said if they could change anything on their body it would be to have a “flatter stomach.”   Readers get to see that the rise in plastic surgery among teens is common all over the world and once again realizes that teens feel that getting plastic surgery will increase their confidence and boost self-esteem.

            FAZE Magazine says that cosmetic surgery can be beneficial if body image is regularly tied with having negative implications on a certain area of the body. Before teenage patients can go through with cosmetic procedures doctors say they should be evaluated to ensure that they are mentally prepared and mature enough to handle the affects that come with the procedure. Teens should have a realistic approach to what they want to achieve after undergoing the surgery, they should not expect to feel better about themselves instantly or think that the surgery will solve all their problems. Realistically speaking many people trust that when they undergo cosmetic procedures it will change how they feel on the inside. When in actuality it’s changing the outside appearance, the physical appearance. 

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Teens and Plastic Surgery

Zuckerman, Diana. "Teens and Cosmetic Surgery." www.ourbodiesourselves.org. Our Bodies Our Selves, 4 Apr. 2012. Web. 8 Nov. 2014. 

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Zuckerman’s commentary focuses on plastic surgery procedures, performed on healthy teens with no flawed or inadequate physical characteristics. Readers find that many teens do not fully understand the risks that go along with receiving cosmetic procedures; they are mainly focused on the bliss that undergoing the procedure would bring them. Even though very little research has been done to examine the risk of plastic surgery in teens, Zuckerman seems to be opposed to teenagers undergoing cosmetic procedures. Based on the commentary one of the main concerns about plastic surgery on teens is how it will affect the body as the teen continues to mature.

            The teen must understand that they should make their decision to have plastic surgery based on maturity, an actual motive; not to please a boyfriend. Another point Zuckerman comes to create is that undergoing plastic surgery does not boost one’s self-esteem; readers find that in one study “body-image satisfaction improved after cosmetic surgery, but so did satisfaction among girls and boys not undergoing cosmetic surgery.” As teens mature, their body image tends to improve regardless of whether they undergo plastic surgery. Cosmetic work like reconstructive surgical procedures are beneficial to children who are truly in need of the operation, procedures to correct cleft lips and palates are not as controversial as breast implants, liposuction, and genital plastic surgery. 

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Rise of Plastic Surgery in Teens and Young Women

Lukash, MD Frederick N. "Cutting Edge or On Thin Ice: Innovations Influencing Teen Plastic Surgery." The Safe and Sane Guide to Teenage Plastic Surgery. Dallas, Texas: BenBella, 2010. Print.

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In this annotation the focus is on the section entitled “The Internet” which provided the most helpful information throughout the entire book. Lukash tells readers that the internet is beneficial but also detrimental because it is so broad, you can find any and everything.  Teens can find the good, the bad, and the ugly on plastic surgery which is pretty dangerous considering most of the information can be placed on the internet by anyone, not just trained professionals or plastic surgeons. The internet is home to many forms of incorrect data on plastic surgery and can fill a teen’s head with false hopes thinking that they could look like the celebrity whom they’ve seen on the internet. Readers will also gain an enormous amount of information by reading Lukash’s book, whether considering a cosmetic procedure or just curious about plastic surgery, this book offers much insight and helpful material.

            Lukash believes that information received from the internet should be read thoroughly and analytically. Teens should not take everything that they see and run with it, information that is not from an accurate source can be misleading. Now that plastic surgery is becoming more and more affordable, surgeons are seeing an increase in teens, hoping to increase their confidence level, fix a physical trait that they feel is inferior and teens who are just tired of being teased and bullied. Plastic surgery in teenagers is progressively on the rise and they are doing whatever is necessary to create bliss.

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Rise of Plastic Surgery in Teens and Young Women

The Price of Beauty: Teens Under the Knife. ABC News. Video.23 November 2010. Web. 08 Nov.2014

 

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Good Morning America, the ABC News morning program interviews an 18 year old teen who wants bigger or fuller breast. In the interview Robin Roberts explains that in 2009 200,000 teens had plastic surgery and that number was steadily on the rise. The entire video (not given) is based on plastic surgery on celebrities and modern medicine has changed the world of celebrities. The segment shown above is about teens going under the knife, and receiving plastic surgery. In the interview the 18 year old explains how she feels that she is being tormented because of what she lacks physically. Clemens always felt insecure next to friends, she was always “the friend with the small breast and she was tired of being teased for it.” She feels that the breast implants will help solve her insecurities and give her the boost of confidence she needs. Viewers of the video get to see what it’s like to go under the knife and are able to see Clemens right after she leaves surgery. The pain Clemens feel is excruciating but she and her family hopes that it is all worth it. 

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Rise of Plastic Surgery in Teens and Young Women

Olding, M.D Michael, and PhD. Diana Zuckerman. "Cosmetic Surgery and Teens." The Washington Post. 26 Oct. 2004. The Washington Post. Web. 8 Nov. 2014. 

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This article focuses more on answering live discussion questions, based on plastic surgery and teenagers. M.D Michael Olding and Ph.D. Diana Zuckerman answered questions about the rise of plastic surgery among teens for the newspaper, The Washington Post. According to Olding and Zuckerman many cosmetic procedures are given to teens as graduation gifts and birthday presents. In places such as Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, and New York City, teenagers undergoing plastic surgery occurs fairly often. In Washington local plastic surgeons said to have seen an increase “more than ever” in teenagers coming to receive plastic surgery. Doctors warn parents and their teens against choosing plastic surgery as an option to boost self-esteem and confidence or as a hasty solution to gain popularity.

            The article provides answers to many questions concerning why parents give teens cosmetic procedures as gifts, how much the surgeries cost, how long breast implants last, to why surgeons perform procedures on people who don’t seem to be in dire need of an actual surgery. The Washington Post article is designed for teens who want to undergo plastic surgery or for people who are just curious to know about plastic surgery and how it works, it could even be suitable for people who are obtaining research. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, from “2002 to 2003 the number of girls 18 and younger who got breast implants nearly tripled, from 3,872 to 11,326.” The rise of plastic surgery in teens has not just become a big issue, based on the article it has been on the rise for many years.

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The Consequences of America's Beauty Obsession on Women and Girls." Journal of Libertarian Studies 19.2 (2008): 31-50. H

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The YWCA’s report focuses on the impact that beauty has on young girls and women alike. Women and girls are going above and beyond to attempt to keep up with the social norms portrayed on TV shows and commercials. Based on the YWCA’s report in 2008, women spent a total of 7 billion dollars on cosmetics and are quickly increasing due to non-surgical procedures and cosmetic surgeries. The pressure to achieve social norms when it comes to body image has a fairly detrimental impact on women and girls. The YWCA offers insight into health implications that plague women of all ages on their journey to achieve a suffice body image, validated by social media. Women place themselves in very dangerous situations, risking their lives to resemble their idealized selves just to fit in with socialites who truly don’t look like what they often portray.

            YWCA’s report ties cosmetic surgeries in with unhealthy dieting. Readers discover a fairly shocking point while evaluating the report in 2008, “40% of newly-diagnosed cases of eating disorders are in girls 15-19 years old, but symptoms can occur as young as kindergarten.” A child as young as five years of age should not have to worry about things such as their appearance to be happy, they should have no care in the world besides choosing the type of sandwich they would like to have in their lunchbox. Self-esteem issues are common in teens; people who have eating disorders tend to suffer from low self-esteem. Women and teens seem to believe that conforming to the social norms (receiving cosmetic procedures) will give them more confidence and change how they see themselves.

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The Rise of Plastic Surgery in Teens and Young Women An Annotated Bibliograph

"Plastic Surgery for Teenagers Briefing Paper." www.plasticsurgery.org. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. 2012. Web. 8 Nov. 2014. 

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The American Society of Plastic Surgeons states that they have no direct opinion linked to teens and plastic surgery. However, the Surgeons give information as accurately as they can that relates to the rise of plastic surgery in teens. The webpage gives an overview of common plastic surgery procedures and several ways to ensure that their surgeon is certified to perform the surgery desired. The surgeons provide the reader with the ideal expectations to have, in order for the procedure(s) to give the best results.  The American Society of Plastic Surgery suggests that teens who consider plastic surgery should be fairly mature, have realistic goals, and should have the parent’s support.

The webpage also informs the readers on reasons why plastic surgery is on the rise. Most times teens want to receive plastic surgery to improve physical traits or characteristics that they feel are flawed or inadequate. If the traits are not fixed often times they may affect the teens into adulthood. ”According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics show 76,220 cosmetic surgical procedures were performed on people age 13-19 in 2012, while 160,136 cosmetic minimum-invasive procedures were performed.” Based on the information given on the webpage by the ASPS the most performed procedure was Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) in 2010, which accounted for nearly 50 percent of procedures that year. Interestingly enough, Otoplasty (ear surgery) may be performed any time after the age of five, which could possibly contribute to the rise of plastic surgery.

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