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Teenagers are complicated human beings. They are typically impulsive and have wanton needs. Today, physical beauty is the primary concern of everyone. That is how we are programmed by the media. The growing number of teenagers wanting to undergo plastic surgery is quite alarming. They may be putting themselves into something that they may regret in the future. But then, if we prohibit them of doing what they desire, they may hate us for our actions. Teenagers are known to be quite capable of rebellion if what their desire is repressed. This is not what we want to happen.I propose a solution to this dilemma. Since the growing number of teenagers wanting plastic surgery is practically impossible to stop, parents should intervene in their child’s decision making in such a serious matter. With the guidance of parents, whether they should give consent or not, teenagers can be provided with mature opinions to guide to make up for their lack of experience.Modification of physical appearance is not new to virtually all societies. It is the advance technology available now that is new, not the practice. In early societies, women, and men also, wear facial colorations, have tattoos permanently in their skin and wear all sorts of decorations. Some even resort to even painful measures just to achieve the desired beauty. Women of Europe wear tight corsets to make their hips look smaller, even though they can’t breathe normally. In some parts of India, woman put rings in their necks to make them longer, endangering their lives because once the rings are removed, their neck will lose support and snap. Foot binding has been a tradition in China, a young girl’s feet would be tightly bandaged so that it would be ironically deformed, and if the bandages were removed the aesthetic essence will be also gone.Science has given a promise of a more effective solution for body-modification, plastic surgery. The history of plastic surgery can be traced 4000 years ago India. They did reconstructions of noses and earlobes using skin and parts of the face like forehead and cheek. This practice became popular because mutilation as punishment is popular during that time, like cutting the of nose and earlobes of a criminal. The Romans also did early plastic surgery during the 1st century. They also reconstructed a nose.In the early years of the science of surgery, it has been considered dangerous to perform. In the 19th and 20th century, the science of surgery underwent advancements thus also advancing the study of plastic surgery. Especially, when anesthesia was introduced, plastic surgery had nothing to go but forward.Another main cause of the problem of rise of numbers in teenagers wanting to have plastic surgery is the media. Relentless surges of advertisements about beauty products and beauty enhancement procedures get stuck in the minds of young consumers. These advertisements are disturbingly everywhere, from a page of a magazine to a large billboard in they highway. They make use of models that are looking just the way their product can make its consumer. The problem with these advertisements is the model could have that look even before he consumed the product. He may have not tried the product at all. Teenagers, due to their lack of experience, think that these products are the keys for their quest of beauty. This is what the advertisers abuse. Most of these advertisements are specifically designed to win the teenagers.Television is the one that should take most of the blame for this problem. Most television and film stars are unhealthily thin, large-breasted, and have undergone plastic surgery. These famous personalities are looked upon by teenagers as their idols. They badly want to be just like them, act and look like them.Being excessively thin is a common trend in Hollywood today. To name a few, Paris Hilton, Tara Reid, and Lindsay Lohan are known for their obnoxious thinness. Some have had admitted to the public that they have eating disorders like anorexia and bulimia.I strongly believe that this is an act of irresponsibility. Celebrities should always keep in mind that they are role models for the young audiences. Whatever they do has an effect in the molding of teenagers. They should be cautious not to promote unhealthiness and achievement of beauty through artificial means.Television and film do not feature real people as their actors. And once the audience is already absorbed in watching, this leads its audience to believe that television and film standards for beauty should be similar to the standards of real life.The roots of this problem can also be traced in a common human attribute, conformity. With the combined influence of the media and celebrities, the popularity of having one’s body modified is hard to stop. Once the numbers of teenagers wanting have their bodies modified are increasing, it will just continue to grow as teenagers are in contact of teenagers affected by the problem. An important factor of this problem is the topic of peer pressure. Everyone naturally feels the need to belong and whatever the majority is doing seems to be the right choice. This is need is strongest during the formative years of a societal being, teenage years. Being under pressure of friends, being teased at school, and sometimes seeing the wealthy teenagers afford plastic surgery, brings about pressure to a teenager whether he or she admits it or not. They are still learning how to move within a society and afraid to make mistakes by having an individualistic stand. They resort into copying whatever their fellows around them do, regardless of whether it is beneficial or harmful to them. To conform is to be relieved of the pressure of not knowing what to do.Nowadays, the meaning of beauty is monopolized by celebrities and plastic surgeons. People have become dependent on technological advances in plastic surgery to modify one’s physical features. In America, celebrities are the primary patrons of these advances since they can afford it. Teenagers are given the delusion that they should look like these celebrities and if they don’t they see themselves as unattractive. As a result of these highly-marketed trends, only the rich can afford the procedure and those are not as lucky, well, they just settle with their low self-esteem. If we look on magazines and television, models appear artificial, real people don’t look like them at all. They even promote the modification of one’s body through undergoing different kinds of surgeries, not to mention they are expensive. We would see that adults are not the ones heavily affected. Teenagers are hypnotized by the delusion that beauty can be acquired through these breakthroughs and that self-esteem could be achieved by simply undergoing cosmetic surgeries. This issue is also tricky because of the reality of peer pressure among teenagers.I will not end this essay recycling the cliché line “beauty is in the inside.” We all know that it isn’t. We have known it ever since. The message I will leave is this: The pursuit of beauty is not bad, it is just that sometimes things go out of hand therefore we are putting ourselves into risk. With the proper guidance, we may not have to commit mistakes suffer the unforeseen consequences. Our parents genuinely care for us. All they want for us is our well-being. So letting them to help us in our affairs, especially like in the very serious matter of having plastic surgery and risking our lives at the mercy of surgeons.And also, God created us all in his own image therefore we are all beautiful. Beauty is natural in us so we don’t have ask for artificial help. The false conception of today’s beauty should be reviewed. The conception of beauty today only describes less than a percent of all the people living within the planet. Not everyone is thin, symmetrically-chiseled face, and large-breasted. Today’s conception of beauty should be about real people. We should take the trend of the media regarding beauty as an insult to humanity. Our bodies are not intricately designed just to be tinkered with a scalpel. If that is their definition of beauty, how about the majority of people not looking like that? Are they claiming that most of us is not beautiful? The reaction to these questions is unanimous for all of us. All of us are beautiful just the way we are and we know it.If plastic surgery is not abused and has considered carefully doing the procedure in teenagers, it can do some good. Many unfortunate people are in need of reconstructive surgery. This I do not contest. Just as long as the plastic surgery industry doesn’t do the procedure to anyone of any age walks into their door. They should eliminate all risk, and if needed reject a client when he or she is unfit for surgery. And if a teenager asks to have plastic surgery, they should require his or her parents consent.If everyone in this planet undergo plastic surgery. We may all forget about how beautiful we are naturally. Plus, how would we determine who is beautiful if all of us are beautiful? We should embrace our imperfections because they are what make us human. If everything in this world becomes “perfect” then living in this planet will be boring, not as much if we remain diverse and unique in our won special ways.

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