Plastic surgery has become a sought after way for adults to nip, tuck, add, remove and change aspects of their bodies to make them look and feel better about themselves. Today, cosmetic surgery is safer and much more affordable, allowing a wider audience to access its transforming ways by those from all walks of life.
However, plastic surgery isn’t just for adults anymore. It is becoming more popular with teenagers as well. They are talking about it, considering it and even going through with procedures on an increasing basis. But should teens pursue cosmetic surgery?
Reasons Teens Pursue Cosmetic Surgery
Cosmetic surgery is appealing to the teenage crowd, and there are several main reasons why teens are contemplating going under the knife more frequently today, some more justified than others.
Teens are much more susceptible to following trends. With a large portion of teens having parents, or parents of friends, who have had procedures done, they are following in their proverbial footsteps. Cosmetic surgery has even become a trendy topic of discussion in teen circles, much the same as fashion or celebrity status.
The media has played a large role in spreading the word on the wonders of cosmetic surgery. Teens are also very much influenced by media so seeing the glitzy advertising ads and hearing testimonies on the glowing results via talk shows and reality TV, they are more curious and eager to try it for themselves.
Of course, one of the biggest underlying factors which drive teens to seek out plastic surgery procedures is their low self-esteem and high self-consciousness driven by peer pressure. A bump on the nose, low upper eyelids, a protruding or non-existent chin, asymmetric breasts, etc can have devastating effects on teens who are trying to “fit into the crowd.”
Therefore, if you have a teenager, or are a teenager, considering plastic surgery, it is advisable to sit down and have a good heart to heart talk with your parents and a cosmetic surgeon concerning the core reasons of why you want a procedure done.
Dr. Lapuerta understands both the desire to be pleased with your physical appearance and the reasons why you may want cosmetic surgery. He and his office personnel in the Houston area provide professional consultations, pre-surgical meetings and follow-up care so that 1) your questions are answered, 2) you make the right decision, and 3) once you decide on a procedure, you have caring, friendly faces to accompany you through your journey.