That's shocking when you consider many of these surgeries were not for functional reasons, such as a "nose job" to improve the airway, but were for cosmetic reasons alone.
Teenage Plastic Surgery Increase: Reasons Why
Why do they have plastic surgery? The answer is, because they can. Often doting parents want their child to have the best of everything without considering the safety and emotional consequences of the decision. Plastic surgery has become the 'Nikes' of the 21st century. If baby girl wants it, she can have it!
Cosmetic Surgery: A Solution For Bullying?
Bullying is one reason teens want plastic surgery, as an effort to stop it. Some parents go along with the child's request, only to find out after the surgery that the bullying continued but the topic was simply different.
Rather than succumb to the child's desire, teaching coping mechanisms and methods of stopping the bullying would have prepared their child for this type of treatment later in life. However, we are a nation of quick fixes, ready to put on a band-aid rather than solve the real cause.
Diet And Exercise Alternatives
Parents also allow their children to undergo liposuction to remove excess fat from the body, rather than teaching them the importance of a healthy diet and exercise. Of course, liposuction works rapidly, but you don't solve the original problem, lack of exercise and excess calories. Even those who have fat unevenly distributed can benefit from both a good diet and exercise.
And with so many other safe natural alternatives to cosmetic surgery, its perplexing why anyone would choose to undergo the knife of a plastic surgeon.
Gambling With Serious Risks And Dangers
Danger! Warning, Will Robinson! It's a shame that only Will Robinson, from the old TV series 'Lost in Space' has a robot to issue warnings or they'd be far fewer problems from teens undergoing plastic surgery. Parents often don't stop to think about the potential risks and dangers until after they occur.
Deaths occur every year in teens from pulmonary embolisms, reactions to the anesthetic and infection. While they're more resilient to problems due to their youth, they're not immune.
I Love Me Just The Way I Am
Most of all, parents that allow their child to undergo plastic surgery are teaching them that appearance is the most important factor in life. It also tells the child they are far less than perfect--something you're supposed to find out only when you're older! It denies the child the lesson of self-acceptance so necessary in later life.
When you start comparing yourself to others, you'll always fall short. Once people accept themselves for whom they are, they can move on to the important things in life such as loving others and savoring every minute of life, not to mention accomplishing great things to improve society.
Lifting The Superficial Veil
Focusing on the superficial aspects of life, such as appearance, negates the importance of the person inside and makes beauty the most important factor.
Perhaps the saddest part of this scenario occurs when the person is in the last decades of life, finds how much they missed and realizes that no matter how many surgeries you have, outer beauty fades but the inner essence of beauty remains forever young and attractive.