Growing up in a close-knit community, I was raised to stay firm to my morals and always strive to do my best and represent my family respectfully. My parents were never demanding of perfection; all they wanted was for me to do my best and be myself. Growing up, there was always peer pressure to conform and follow along with all the hot new trends. Anywhere from the newest electronics to the trendiest, expensive clothes, I wanted it all. This was all a part of growing up. However, there are exceptions. When it comes to permanent, life-altering choices at such a young age, conformity is not the right decision. Why is it so hard for teens to accept who they are? Why do the feel the need ...view middle of the document...
Feeling the urge to look like something one is not may run deeper than a silly desire. According to the staff at the Mayo Clinic in the article “Body dysmorphic disorder:”
Body dysmorphic disorder is a type of chronic mental illness in which you can’t stop thinking about a flaw with your appearance -- a flaw that is either minor or imagined. But to you, your appearance seems so shameful that you don’t want to be seen by anyone. Body dysmorphic disorder has sometimes been called “imagined ugliness”. (1)
This type of disorder can consume numerous hours of one’s life. With this disorder, many individuals will try and seek a “fix” to a flaw in which no one else even notices. This makes it virtually impossible for anyone to find the answer they are looking for. It often looks impossible for someone with this disorder to find satisfaction. Members of the Mayo Clinic staff, also recognizes this disorder as dysmorphophobia, the fear having a deformity. Treatment for the disorder may include medication and cognitive behavioral therapy (“Body dysmorphic disorder” 1). With the changing times, this is seen as a rising problems for youth across the world.
Plastic or cosmetic surgery can range anywhere from getting a mole removed to getting a full-face lift, liposuction, and breast implants. According to Diana Zuckerman, a Ph. D, and Anisha Abrahm, a M.D. and M.P.H., “The two most popular and controversial cosmetic procedures for adolescents are liposuction and breast implants (“Teenagers and Cosmetic Surgery: Focus on Breast Augmentation and Liposuction” 1). In 2003, more than 223,000 cosmetic procedures were preformed on patients younger than 18 years of age. Of those, 39,000 of them were surgical procedures such as nose jobs, breast lifts and implants, liposuction, or tummy tucks. (“Teenagers and Cosmetic Surgery: Focus on Breast Augmentation and Liposuction” 1). There are however, procedures such as fixing a cleft palate, which are non-controversial. More than not there are cosmetic surgeries being done, which are deemed unnecessary.
One concern of doctors involving youth and plastic surgery revolves around the fact of their bodies are still growing and maturing. According to Diana Zuckerman, Ph. D, and Anisha Abraham, M.D., M.P.H, in the article “Teenagers and Cosmetic Surgery: Focus on Breast Augmentation and Liposuction:”
Procedures such as a breast augmentation was legal by the FDA for anyone younger than the age of 18 to receive as an “‘off-label’” use, and the number of teens receiving breast augmentations more than tripled from 2002 to 2003. It was not until December...