on your TV and you will see a bunch of shows that glorify plastic
surgery as a miracle cure for looking good. Those shows are almost
always less than accurate in explaining the dangers of plastic surgery,
the major risks involved with any type of surgery, or the possibility
of bad cosmetic results. Furthermore, as a teen, you should be very
careful about cosmetic plastic surgery, if you consider it at all.
Plastic surgery is a serious procedure and if you are thinking about
having it done, use caution. Plastic surgery is permanent in most
cases, and what you do now will be there for your whole life. There
are two reasons for plastic surgery:
- Reconstructive – plastic surgery done to fix a
birth defect, scarring from an accident or scarring as a result
health-related surgery; for example, getting your nose fixed
after a bad bike
accident or having surgery to repair a lip deformity (cleft lip)
- Cosmetic – plastic surgery to enhance your looks;
for example, having nose surgery because you want it to be smaller,
breast implants so that you feel more attractive.
Whether you think you need or want plastic surgery, read more
so you’ll know what you’re getting into.
Made popular by
Hollywood, cosmetic plastic surgery is becoming as commonplace
as blonde highlights. What the movie stars don’t
tell you is that plastic surgery is extremely painful and dangerous.
As with all surgery, there are risks of complications caused by
extra stress on the body. And the nature of plastic surgery makes
There can be some practical benefits from plastic surgery. Young
women might consider breast reduction surgery if their breasts
are uncomfortably large.
Many times very large breast size can cause back pain, bad posture and other
that weaken the body. For girls with severe acne scars, there is dermabrasion,
which is a surgical procedure that scrapes away the top layers of skin in order
to remove the scarring. In cases like these, plastic surgery is an accepted
and often recommended form of treatment. Regardless, these procedures are very
and are generally appropriate only in extreme cases. The key is to talk with
your doctor in order to see if reconstructive plastic surgery is the right
choice for you.
Some girls your age consider plastic surgery to improve their
Teenagers consider procedures such as rhinoplasty (nose jobs), liposuction
(removing fat tissue under the skin) and breast implants when they are faced
to look a certain way. Although there are plastic surgeons out there who
might perform these procedures on teenagers, most will advise strongly
Remember that breast implants are only approved for women over the age of
18. The bottom line is, you are still growing. What seems weird, big,
small or ugly now will probably fit in just fine when you have
grown a bit more. And, if you undergo a serious surgery that reconstructs your
bones and tissues now, there may be complications as your body continues to
If you are determined to get plastic surgery, take plenty of time
to consider your decision. Make sure you have all the information—the risks, recovery
period (including bruising and discoloration), short and long term effects,
and alternative treatments. Most doctors also advise their patients to get
before any major plastic surgery procedure.