Isplastic surgery good for teens/teenagers?"
Isplastic surgery good for teens/teenagers?"
Althoughplastic surgery has been performed on many teenagers around theworld, a lot of ethical and moral issues have emerged. In most of thecases it has been considered successful, with results achievedcomparable to those performed on adults (Watkins, 32). However theability for teenagers to make rational decisions on such delicate andsensitive matter has been an issue of discussion among experts,guardians and parents. Whereas adults opt for plastic surgery tostand out from the crowd, the teenagers are deemed to do so forshort- term goals such as influence from celebrities. This essayevaluates the plastic surgical procedure among teenagers with an aimto giving valuable insights into the topic. The moral and ethicalquestion about the procedure is also addressed.
Rightsof teenagers to appearance are well appreciated. However, that shouldonly happen from a point of information. Undergoing the surgery dueto short term gains such as influence from media personalities andcelebrities would be a disservice to the individual (Winkler,67).Research conducted indicate that majority of teenagers planning toundergo plastic surgeries have their role models as the mainmotivating factor.80% of those ready to undergo the operation, havemedia personalities, artists, and politicians as their maininfluences. This then begs the question if such teenagers shouldactually undergo the surgery. If there are no other genuine reasons,then teenagers that have got no other motivation apart from curiosityand other fallacies should be informed to review their position. If ateenager has to undergo plastic surgery, they should be equipped withcomprehensive information on long and short-term consequences, andany health effects. This could be done by parents, guardians, orhealth professionals
Ifthere is legitimacy to undergo the surgery, they should initiaterequest which could then be supported by parents in consultation withexperts in the field. An inclusive process would provide theteenagers with necessary health and legal information, and possibleconsequences before they are actually able to make the decision(Baldwin 244). The informed consent arrived from such comprehensiveinclusiveness would be considered binding and valid in all aspects.In situations where the teenagers are not certain, they should bepersuaded to procrastinate so that eventually they come up withdecisions whose repercussions they can fully embrace. It has beenfound out that teenagers who have access to information on plasticsurgery from people that they trust have higher probabilities ofrethinking their decisions. That is because they believe that theinformation supplied is solely for their own welfare. Most of theteenagers were also found to be willing to reverse their decisionsafter an acquisition of information on health consequences of theprocedure from surgeons and other experts. Information is thereforevital in enabling teenagers make the decision of undergoing thesurgery. Any regrets or adverse effects accrued from consequences ofthe procedure reached, later in life, would not shift blames toeither parents or health professionals. The teenagers would have beenenlightened well in advance to occasion any blame (Winkler, 65). Inthat case, therefore, plastic surgery is good for the teenagers.
Anymoral issues must be addressed even if the teenagers havewell-defined and realistic goals to undergo the surgery. This isinformed by the fact that any other rationale for adopting theprocedure may be overtaken by some other future considerations. In aneffort to determine these goals, the teenagers should be counseledand made aware of challenges and benefits of the surgery. This againwould help them arrive at informed decision related to undergoing theplastic surgery. The goals considered by the teenagers should besolely based on individual self and personal interests, and not onany other external factors. This is because an attitude of theteenager towards a certain personality, before the surgery, may notnecessarily be so at some point in future (Winkler, 44). This wouldbe good bases for a careful weighing of any possible eventualitiesthat could influence a present decision about plastic surgery.
Onlyteenagers that have enough maturity in them to tolerate any temporarydisfigurement should undergo the surgery. The element of maturity isbeing emphasized because some teenagers have mood swings that may notenable them to handle temporary changes that could arise (Winkler,78). Those with erratic changes of behavior should also avoid theplastic surgery as they may not be able to handle their physicalappearances before the intended outcomes are actually achieved. Thoseteenagers who are undergoing psychotherapy for depression and othermental illness also may not have sufficient maturity to cope with thetemporary changes occasioned by the surgical procedure. Howeverplastic surgery would be good for teenagers with required level ofmaturity that would enable them cope with any unexpected andshort-term appearance (Matera, et al 333). It would be importantthough to point out the fact that maturity in this context is notbased on the age of the teenager but rather on their individualcapacity to cope.
Itis against professional ethics if the plastic surgeons and expertscarrying out the operation, don’t have the requisite certificationsthat allow them to perform operations of such magnitude. Parents orguardians of teenagers intending to undergo the surgery should carryout due diligence to ensure that the plastic surgeons are fullycertified by the Board of Plastic Surgery in the respective countriesor states. Such due diligence would provide for certifiedprofessionals with known track records in the field to carry out thesurgery. That would instill confidence to the teenagers and parentsas they decide about the surgery.
Teenagers,who have the necessary financial backing, and are rational enough intheir approach to the issue, could make the decision on their own. Itis common knowledge however that the parents play a significant rolein the provision of finances for the operations. That however is notreason enough for the teenagers to consult the experts exhaustively.
Inconclusion, plastic surgery is good for the teenagers. However beforethe surgery is qualified, the teenagers should arrive at the decisionbased on their information about the procedure. Parents, guardiansand health professionals should all join hands to supply theteenagers with relevant information about plastic surgery (Winkler,26). This would inform them of any likely complications that could beinformed by the procedure and hence take necessary precautions. Insituations where the teenager is not able to decide, then the surgeryshould be postponed to such a time when the teenager is able todecide, unless it is an emergency.
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