Discuss the relationship that young people have towards cosmetic surgery.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that there has to be a sense of caution in seeking to generalize an entire age demographic to a particular behavior, especially one like cosmetic and plastic surgery.  Young people would certainly have some  penchant towards the field, as noted in a recent market report in 2010:

There has been a sharp rise in the proportion of teens who would consider having cosmetic surgery. The attitudes of today's teenagers could benefit the market for cosmetic surgery in the future. Younger people are more self-conscious about their appearance and more than six in 10 (63%) 16- to 24-year-olds would have surgery to make them feel better about the way they look.

This helps to bring out how young people can display a tendency to embrace the benefits of cosmetic surgery.  The idea to reach a physical ideal of beauty through cosmetic surgery is a part of this.  It is appealing to young people primarily because of images that are reinforced in the media and help to form the notion of body image that exist within young people.  I think that this is where some of the appeal is evident, particularly resting in the notion that from a physical standpoint, many young people look in the mirror and see "something is wrong."  When viewing self through this lens, cosmetic surgery is an end whereby money can be paid and what is seen as wrong can be eliminated.  It is here where body image of self and a larger notion of perception of self in relation to the world converge to settle in many young people's penchant towards cosmetic surgery.

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