Young adults who want to have plastic surgery often have a different intention and goal than adults

Young adults who want to have plastic surgery often have a different intention and goal than adults. They decide to have plastic surgery to improve any physical features they feel are troublesome or imperfect. If these imperfections were left uncorrected, they could affect the teen later in life. Teens should be allowed to have corrective cosmetic surgery, because it can help improve self-confidence and self-esteem and it can help medically.
Cosmetic surgery or plastic surgery is defined as a form of medicine focused on making enhancements to the body. It is intended to correct flawed areas on the body and is restoring in its nature. This type of surgery can be performed on the head, body, and neck. During a study, performed by Dr. Jane Weston and Anne Pearl, they found out high school junior’s opinions on cosmetic surgery. According to Attitudes of Adolescents About Cosmetic Surgery, “A survey of the junior class of a California suburban high school showed that one-third of respondents would consider undergoing cosmetic surgery.” Cosmetic surgery, in the U.S., is known to have a negative connotation, because one would consider you “fake” or not true to yourself. From this study done by Weston and Pearls, a large number of teens in this school would consider getting cosmetic surgery. There are different reasons to wanting it done. One might consider it for self-esteem purposes or if they have a medical problem that is disabling them from living a normal life.
Teens should have the chance to decide if they want cosmetic surgery as it could help their self-esteem. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “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.” At this stage in life, between the ages 13 to 19 years old, teens are susceptible to self-confidence or se-esteem problems. The teen must have a realistic goal and must have a sufficient maturity level for cosmetic surgery. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, “64,470 cosmetic surgical procedures were performed on people age 13-19 in 2015, while 161,700 cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures were performed.” An example of a minimally-invasive procedure is an ear surgery. If a teen feels that their ears are too big and unsymmetrical, they can get a otoplasty procedure done. Because of the big ears, the teen might have felt ashamed and insecure. After, the teen will feel more comfortable in their own body and will have a higher self-confidence level.
Another reason why teens should be able to have cosmetic surgery is because it can help medically. By having this plastic surgery done, it could help reconstruct the body from birth defects, traumas, burns, or diseases. In the article, Cosmetic Surgery May Help Patients Quit Smoking by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, “In the follow-up survey, about 40 percent of patients said they no longer smoked cigarettes on a daily basis. Nearly one-fourth had not smoked at all since their cosmetic surgery procedure.” In this study the common plastic surgery procedures were tummy tucks, breast lift, and facelifts of 85 participants. After these procedures, the number of patients who quit smoking was nearly one-fourth. If cosmetic surgery can help people stop smoking, then it can help others with their problems. There are many procedures that teens can get. There are surgeries for people affected with cancer tumors, extra fingers or toes, or carpal tunnel syndrome. There is a procedure that can replace a missing limb or other body part that was affected by a disease or injury, like a car accident. And a common procedure done is on the nose or face to help with breathing problems with sinuses or a cleft lip. There are many cosmetic procedures that can help a teen medically.
Young adults who want to have plastic surgery often have a different intention and goal than adults. Teens should be allowed to have cosmetic surgery is it can help emotionally and medically. They see imperfections that are troublesome and want to get them fixed. If these imperfections were left uncorrected, they could affect the teen in their adult life.