As the world continues to evolve, plastic surgery is becoming increasingly more acceptable. Since I am a journalism and film and video major, I always try to connect things back to how the media play a role in the issue. I believe that the media has an effect on people in a numerous of ways. It is very persuasive, and it sends messages to people without being completely obvious all of the time. So why not the same with cosmetic surgery? A lot of teenagers are starting to see cosmetic surgery as an option to alter something they do not like. Times have changed and made it more culturally acceptable, and I think it is because of the media.
I am choosing to research the influence that the media and peers have on teenagers. Teenagers are still trying to find themselves, and are easily influenced. For example, there is no denying that peer pressure exists. Teenagers are pressured to have sex, drink alcohol, do drugs, and other activities that they should not be partaking in. The media also influences teenagers through advertisements, television shows, and other outlets. According to Pediatric Annals, “Children and teenagers see approximately 25,000 to 40,000 ads per year on television alone. Combine that with billboards, Internet ads, magazine/news-paper ads, and radio ads, and young people are immersed in a commercial culture practically from infancy (Children).
Knowing the influence that the media and peers have on teenagers allow one to understand their role in motivating teenagers to want plastic surgery. By knowing why it occurs, we are able to effectively evaluate the situation. I am not saying that teenagers getting plastic surgery is a bad thing, but I think that they should be getting it for good reasons. When dealing with something life changing, like plastic surgery, it is important that it is not influenced by outside sources. Some doctors believe that there are times where plastic surgery is the best decision for the teenager. This is why doctors prescreen their patients before allowing them to go through with the surgery. Also, sometimes the procedures are not successful. In fact, “ten percent plastic surgeries that occur in the United States are redoes on previous operations” (Harisim).