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Annals of Plastic Surgery:
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Attitudes of Adolescents About Cosmetic Surgery

Pearl, Anne*; Weston, Jane MD

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Abstract

Although the number of teenagers choosing to have cosmetic procedures is increasing at a rapid rate, few studies have been published describing their attitudes about aesthetic surgery. To understand better their beliefs about cosmetic surgery, voluntary, confidential surveys were sent to the entire junior class of a suburban high school. Although two thirds of the respondents knew someone who had undergone cosmetic surgery, only one third would choose it for themselves. Those who desired aesthetic surgery described people who have cosmetic procedures as “motivated,” whereas those who would not choose this option believed individuals who do so are “vain.” The most desired procedures were liposuction, rhinoplasty, and breast augmentation. The main reasons for not proceeding were health risks, cost, and fear of a bad result. The most common source of information about plastic surgery among the students was teen magazines and television.

© 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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