Bastian HansenMrs. MastersonEnglish II H.01/08/18Plastic In this day in age cosmetic plastic surgery has become a rampant trend for people of all ages from teenagers to adults. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons or ASPS, In 2012 nearly 236,00 cosmetic procedures were performed on patients from ages 13 to 19, and this is a number that is expected to rise. During the teenage years, it has been suggested by various professionals in the business to consider waiting to get these invasive procedures until they are fully mature physically and mentally. Professionals suggest for teenagers to wait due to the fact that their bodies are still growing, they often are not educated on the risks that come with the surgery and frequently the surgeries requested are unreasonable. Teenagers seek plastic surgery for several reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that they are persuaded by peer pressure. Cruel remarks about an appearance can make somebody feel insecure about themselves and feel the need to change it. People want to feel accepted and when someone doesn’t fit in even physically they want to change it. Most teens will get cosmetic surgery to improve their appearance or their self esteem. They feel that when they fix their “imperfections” that they will feel better about themselves and more confident. The problem with this is that correcting their imperfections will not suddenly make somebody love them or love themselves. People will always find something that is wrong with themselves. There also isn’t sufficient data to support the idea that cosmetic surgery improves self esteem. In a study done by Diana Zuckerman, an American health policy analyst, Zuckerman says “Although patients who have undergone a cosmetic procedure often do feel better about that particular body part, there’s really no data to suggest that it improves their overall body image or self-esteem,”. If the patient doesn’t feel satisfied with one surgery an obsession can be formed and they may request more and more surgeries, always correcting what they think is wrong.One of the concerns about plastic surgery on teens is that their bodies are still developing. When teenage bodies aren’t fully mature they are put at risk for many complications during and after the surgery. Because their bodies are still developing a body part that they feel is of abnormal size may develop and become the optimal size. After surgery the body part could look even worse as the body may change down the road. Plastic surgery should be done when a person is physically and mentally stable. “‘Surgery during the teenage years should be performed only to correct impairments and traumatic injury,’ says Dr Asha Manaktala, a trained pediatrician from Windsor, Connecticut. Also In the adolescent years many teenagers aren’t fully developed mentally and often regret choices they made during those years. Corrective surgery is one of the hardest of surgeries and often times one of the most dangerous and like a tattoo cosmetic surgery is permanent and you can never fully go back. A teenager should wait until they are fully sure they want to commit to a permanent change. Another common flaw with getting cosmetic surgery early is that teenagers are not fully aware of the dangers of going under the knife. Along with surgery comes many hazards and risks which some of the time are not worth the result. Surgeries can sometimes take months to recover even in younger bodies. Even successful surgeries are painful and can leave the body bruised and swollen for weeks, and the results are not without consequence unlike what is advertised on the media. Operations usually cost thousands with the average procedure costing from $4000 to $1200 in the US, and that number doesn’t include follow up treatments that come along with the surgery. There are many health risks to a surgery as well. Commonly complications in surgery include hematoma, pockets of blood which resemble a bruise, Nerve damage and infection and scarring. Some of these effects are permanent and can leave a patient wishing they never had the surgery. Cosmetic surgery can also lead to death. Though chances are low some patients can develop a pulmonary embolism, a condition where a blood clot travel from a vein to the lungs. The effects can be fatal. One of the most dangerous procedures is liposuction. Most types of liposuction include high risks of infection, damage to skin, nerves, or vital organs,and excessive fluid loss that can lead to death. 19 deaths were reported last year as the results of liposuction. As serious as these conditions are parents and teenagers must be properly informed of the risks and must be positive they want to carry through, accepting any complications.Not all plastic surgery for teens is bad or even unreasonable. Plastic surgery can oftentimes fix teenagers lives who have serious issues or deformities. In addition individuals who have characteristics that are extreme frequently desire a change. For example girls whose breasts are so large they interfere with day to day activity or cause back pain may apply for a reduction. Or what about an individual whose nose is significantly out of the norm? Society is rarely critical of teenagers who apply for dental appliances to fix crooked teeth, even if the corrections don’t add to the mouths usefulness or health. As we compare the two situations it is clear that there isn’t an absolute answer. However in many instances the choice for cosmetic surgery is abused by unrealistic expectations and by plastic surgeons that comply for financial gain.So is plastic surgery acceptable for teenagers? At times plastic surgery for teenagers can be reasonable however far too often plastic surgery is abused to reach an unrealistic standard that society has created. So in most instances it would be best if teenagers waited until they are fully developed physically and mentally before considering plastic surgery. It is best to wait because teenage bodies are still changing, they don’t appreciate the full risks that come with the surgery, and they will regret having surgery that was more cosmetic then necessary.