see it all the time. Girls struggle every
day with the message that they're only
beautiful if their bodies fit the narrow
image the media says is "perfect."
Seventy-five percent of girls say they would
like surgery to change their bodies to look
more like the girls and women they see in
magazines, in movies, and on TV.
people have surgery to stay healthy. But
people have plastic surgery, or cosmetic
surgery, just to change how they look.
Plastic surgery can help accident victims
look like they did before the accidents.
But healthy people get plastic surgery
because they aren't happy with the way
their bodies or faces look naturally. In
1998, almost 25,000 girls under eighteen
had plastic surgery in the U.S., and that
number keeps rising.
teenage girls who have plastic surgery
want to change the shape of their noses
or have fat removed from their bodies,
even though it's natural to have a healthy
layer of fat beneath your skin. Other girls
want to have sacks of gel, known as implants,
sewn into their breasts to make them larger.
These surgeries cost between $2,000 and
$9,000. That's enough money for a car or
surgery may seem like a good way to raise
a girl's self-esteem, but it's dangerous.
Reshaping the nose can leave it swollen
for up to a year. Breast implants can explode
or leak inside a girl's body, which means
she has to have another surgery to take
the implants out. And liposuction, the
surgical vacuuming of fat from underneath
the skin, sends patients into shock if
they lose too much blood. Even successful
liposuction won't keep you thin forever.
It's much better to exercise and eat a
healthy diet, which will keep you looking
healthy and feeling good.
can be hard to look at an image in a magazine
and then compare it to your own body, but
remember that those magazines target our
insecurities to get us to buy something
or do something to feel "beautiful."
You don't need to dish out the money for
anything, including surgery, to be beautiful.
All you have to do is be yourself.
plastic surgery gross you out? Help stop
negative messages that can lead girls to
go under the knife:
Pick up a magazine. Jot down notes about
what the articles and advertisements say
about how girls should be. Decide whether
or not you agree with these messages. Share
your discoveries with your friends.
Write letters to compliment companies,
authors, or movie directors when you like
the way they portray girls and women. Write
letters to complain when you don't like
the way they portray girls and women.
When you hear people speaking badly about
themselves or their bodies, remind them
of the things that make them truly beautiful.
Most importantly, love yourself-there's
only one you! When you look in the mirror,
smile, tell yourself you're beautiful,
and believe it!
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