Under 18 and under the knife Can I change the way I look?

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Kamau 1 Paul M Kamau English 1101 Professor Wilson Date Due July 22 nd Under 18 and under the knife Can I change the way I look? “It became the focus of my self-loathing, a manifestation of all my shortcomings as a girl,” said Sabrina Weiss, who had a nose job after graduating from high school because she hated her nose. As a teenager, “It was a central obsession in my self-hatred. . .. I felt like it was all anyone saw when they looked at me.” (“Regretting Rhinoplasty”, page 1, paragraph 5) At 31, Sabrina Weiss regrets having had her nose – job, noting in an Elle magazine article that “Despite everything the surgery did for me—and it did a lot—I wish I could undo it.” (“Regretting Rhinoplasty” page 2, paragraph 4) However, not everyone agrees with Sabrina Weiss about teen cosmetic surgery. Some support it. Courtney Powers recently had breast augmentation surgery as a graduation gift from her parents: “The surgery has made me feel better. Now I have more self-confidence. When I go out … I’m not afraid of my fake padding falling out. I feel like I can look at myself and say, ‘I’m really pretty.’ Before, something seemed like it was missing. Now there’s nothing missing.” (“Way to go, grad! Here's a check for a new nose. Is cosmetic surgery an appropriate commencement gift for teens?” par. 30) The most popular and controversial cosmetic procedures for teens today are rhinoplasy (“nose job”) and breast implants. The pressure to look good is on. As a result, more teens are
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Kamau 2 turning to cosmetic surgery as way to fit in. The number of people under eighteen has skyrocketed over the years. According to American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) statistics, more than 219,000 cosmetic plastic surgery procedures were performed on people age 13-19 in 2008. ("Plastic Surgery For Teenagers Briefing Paper” par 2) How do parents feel about this upward trend? That depends on who you ask. Some say that it is not a good idea for them because they are too young for it while others believe that if the outcome of the surgery improves their self esteem then they are all for it. It is undeniable that reconstructive surgery can be done to the benefit of a teen. For example correction of birth defects like cleft lips and other defects caused from accidental injuries. Surgery that is done to correct unattractive flaws that draw in unwanted attention
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