Dying to be Perfect

Dear readers,

” Is Cosmetic Surgery Worth the Risk?” Rebecca  Ganzak reports about the high cost and dangers of cosmetic surgery. What’s unique about her article is the increasing rate of teenagers ( boys and girls) under the age of 18 getting corrective surgery. Ganzak provides information about how parents are contributing to this trend by financially supporting their children’s desire to have cosmetic surgery.
Ganzak’s asks a question: ” Why do common issues like body image and self esteem among teens  result in the drastic measures of under going the knife?” This is important to talk about because as adults, we understand the maturing process will cause changes to teenagers bodies and minds. Therefore, it’s the parents responsibility to explain to their children, how each person’s body develops differently, and to help them to understand that what society deems as imperfections in their appearance is not correct.
Children under 18 or above do not fully understand the risk associated with going under anesthesia, and the complications that may arise after cosmetic surgery. For these reasons, parents should seek positive means to help their children develop a healthy self-esteem about their bodies, and other physical features that they may be unhappy with.
Taking the unnecessary route of cosmetic surgery in order to help teens develop the perfect body image, based on society standards of the ideal body type is not worth loosing their life.

What Say You?

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http://www.alligator.org/opinion/columns/article

Rebecca Ganzak, March 27, 2008

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