Plastic Surgery for Teenagers, Ridiculous no?

United States
November 9, 2007 3:43pm CST
Just yesterday I saw a story on the news that teenage plastic surgery is on the rise. Here's the link: http://www.wlwt.com/video/14548065/index.html I can't believe that parents are allowing their children to mutilate their bodies like this. Whatever happened to accepting yourself as you are? I don't think that plastic surgery should be allowed for anyone under the age of eighteen, there are so many complications that could happen, and even if those don't happen, the surgery may not take because the body is still growing at that age. What are your thoughts, Mylot? Would you allow you teenage child to get plastic surgery?
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@peanutjar (5211)
• Canada
10 Nov 07
Hi,i think at a young age they are still not done growing and dont really understand and are not ready for this really.Its the media and magazines fault for this.They see what they "think"people should look like and want to be the same. Peanutjar:)
• United States
10 Nov 07
Dr. Phil also says that the reasoning faculty is the last part of the brain to develop. These kids aren't thinking about what could happen down the road if they get this surgery, they only worry about if Billy likes me or whatever.
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@elisa812 (3033)
• United States
10 Nov 07
That's so sad! I can't believe that kids are now getting plastic surgery! I definitely wouldn't let my kids get plastic surgery (whenever I have them). I would feel like letting them get it would be encouraging them to have a bad self image. I would rather teach them to love themselves the way they already are. Letting them go through with the surgery seems like it would be sending the message that there really is something wrong with their body and that physical appearance is what matters instead of what's inside.
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• United States
10 Nov 07
You are right. What kind of lesson are these parents teaching their kids? If people don't like the way you look, get surgery and change it?!? I never wanted to get plastic surgery, but I know for a fact my mom would have laughed at me if I asked her to get it when I was a teenager.
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Unless the teenager is a burn victim, or they were born with a bad genetic deformity, then that teenager should not have plastic surgery. It just is not right.
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• United States
10 Nov 07
It isn't right. These parents should be building these kids up from the inside, not giving them permission for and paying for them to change their outside.
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• United States
9 Nov 07
Plastic surgery for anyone ridiculous? Yes! I It should be flat out illegal for anyone under 18. I can't even imagine the kind of parent who would sign a consent for that sort of thing but I know that not only do some parents condone it, they also ENCOURAGE it. That's downright scary.
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• United States
9 Nov 07
It is scary. It's like your own parents don't like the way you look, and that is a scary thought to have.
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
9 Nov 07
Having had reconstructive surgery on my leg over many years, I can say from first-hand knowledge that a person rarely gets what they expect from plastic surgery, no matter what their age. I started this at a healthy 33 yrs old, and each surgery leads to its own set of problems. For teenagers to do it is unwise... I know they heal faster, but they may not want a Paris nose in 5 years!
• United States
9 Nov 07
You are so right I never even thought of that aspect. Teenagers change their minds so much, so what happens when Suzie decides that the plastic surgery you got her last year isn't what's cool now, and she wants to change it again?
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@alamode (3073)
• United States
9 Nov 07
Thats why I STILL haven't gotten my tattoo!LOL!
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Ha! I thought I was the only one holding out on a tattoo! I wanted a tongue ring at one time, but I keep thinking to myself, it hurts like hell when I bite my tongue, how is it supposed to feel when a shaft of metal is pushed through it?!?
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@blueunicorn (2409)
• United States
10 Nov 07
I personally think that even 18 is too young to have plastic surgury. At that time in life, especailly for girls, there is so much emotional growth happening. What they may not be happy with today may be their best asset in their eyes in just a couple of years. I think society places too much value on looks, and it trickles down to the young kids. I would never allow my child to have plastic surgury so young, and I would encourage them not to even when they become adults. Beauty really does come from the inside.
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Society does place too much on how a person looks, but if you talk to your kids from early on, and let them know they are beautiful because they are unique, they will not have this inferiority complex later in life.
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• United States
10 Nov 07
I wouldn't neccessarily say that as a parent we can prevent an inferiority complex. But it sure would help if we were telling our kids they are beautiful instead of giving them the idea that it is okay to give in to the rotten thinking. As a young girl my parents were always trying to boost me up, but I gave in to the peer pressure and was not happy with myself. I eventually grew out of that now and laugh when I see the "kids" that used to pick on me now that they are adults. I think our first job as parents is to build our kids up so they do have some defenses against being picked on. I could only imagine how bad it would have been for me if my parents hadn't been working on my confidence all along.
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• United States
12 Nov 07
That is so true blue. That is my point exactly here. Build your children from the beginning, not pay for them to change because they are being teased.
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@rakeshdas (428)
• India
10 Nov 07
selfness is the gods gift to you !! so to me it is is necessary for us to keep our selfness with us ... the ugliness and prettiness is all about a relative thing !!! better be pleased by ur inner beauty and what the god gifted to you ... and donate the money by which you wanted to plastic sergery to any of charity society !!! it will prosper some other in some other way!!
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• United States
10 Nov 07
That is a very good point. There are plenty of better things to do with such a big amount of money than to spend it on ones apperance.
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@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
10 Nov 07
What I cannot understand is that the parents are actually paying for this. Can't they say no to their children? Because I was raised that we are to listen to our parents. if they said no, they meant it the first time. The second time, we heard about it for a long time. Wouldn't a teenager's body become sort of *lumpy* if it continued to grow after the surgery. I wonder if there are any statistics on that? No child of mine would have plastic surgery if they were under 18 years of age.
• United States
11 Nov 07
I am with you. Back then, if I asked my Mom for something and she said no, if I wanted it bad enough I would plead my case right then, but after the no I was too scared to bring it up later if my argument didn't go anywhere.
@maybebaby (1231)
• Canada
10 Nov 07
I don't think that plastic surgery should be an option for anyone under the age of 18 unless it is something to correct a birth defect or medical in nature. I don't think that they are mature enough to make that kind of decision yet and would do it for all the wrong reasons. Once they turn 18 they can make the decision for themselves. At that point they are considered adults and can make their own decisions.
• United States
11 Nov 07
This is so true. Its like Bernie Mac said, we as parents in this day and age are getting soft. We give in to too much. Let the child become consenting age and GET THE MONEY TO PAY FOR IT.
@Unl3ashed (111)
• Belgium
10 Nov 07
this is wrong if it is to improve their looks. but if it is because they have a problem since birth and they can't bare to live with it anyomore i think those people should be allowed to have plastics.
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• United States
10 Nov 07
Very true. I exclude those with deformities that can be very distracting, if they choose to have surgery to correct the abnormality, than by all means do so. But to have a teenager have surgery because they don't like their nose or their eyes, its just ridiculous.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
13 Nov 07
I would not allow surgery on my teens. I wouldn't do any surgery on my children unless it is for their health. I had doctors tell me to do a surgery on my son for his eyes that would make them look better but would not improve his vision. I said forget it. If he would like to do it when he is an adult that is his choice but I can't do it.
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@giiiih (4)
• Brazil
10 Nov 07
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• Brazil
10 Nov 07
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@academic2 (7009)
• Uganda
14 Nov 07
I agree, plastic surgery should not be subjected to the whims of kids, but there is need to appreciate the feelings of ur young children. If there is a deformity that can be corrected by plastic surgery, better it be done to restore a comfortable mental state of teenage children especially. If the parents can afford the cost, please, give the child a good look to avoid trauma
@giiiih (4)
• Brazil
10 Nov 07
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