Absence of value based education is driving children to Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery – Why has it become so darn important?!

Beauty is only skin deep – what does it mean and why we are unable to understand this simple short phrase?

 It basically means that the only thing that should matter about a person is their personality. Not what they look like. Just because they are “beautiful” on the outside doesn’t mean they are on the inside; the way they act.

  • It means that it shouldn’t matter what you look like on the outside, what matters is on the inside, beauty is only the face, the real beauty is the personality
  • A good analogy would be: imagine buying an apple, the plumpest, shiniest, ripest looking one in the basket, then biting into it only to find it rotten and wormy.
  • Appearances can be deceptive.
  • It means that you shouldn’t care about what a person looks like because it’s only the outside. If someone is really good looking and is a total jerk, do you think that you’d like that person No way! If a person were ugly but super nice, would you like to hang out with that person? Probably, yes. Beauty is just the outside, and the inside is what counts!
  • What the phrase tries to emphasise is that the outward appearance of a person counts for nothing, but it is what lies beneath the skin, the actual person him/herself is what really matters.
  • We all know one or more beautiful people with an inflated sense of entitlement and self-worth. They believe they are a prince or princess and deserve to be universally treated better than anyone else. Often they also believe they have the right to treat others like dirt. Since we have better memory for negative events than positive ones, this is often the lasting impression we have of beautiful people and it (perhaps unfairly) spawns the saying “beauty is only skin deep.”


Having understood the above phrase in several different ways, why do we find an alarming rise in children and teenage cosmetic surgery procedures?

American Society of Plastic Surgeons says surgery due to bullying is up 30 percent in the last decade.

Bullying is a hot topic these days; teens are even taking their own lives because of it.

The number of children getting cosmetic surgery because of bullying has increased 30 percent over the past decade.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there were more than 76,000 cosmetic surgery procedures on teens in 2011.

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In this digital age of social media, experts say bullying can cause problems like depression and trouble in the classroom.

“Ideally, we want to correct it before they start school, because little kids have no filter,” Niamtu said. “And they may say something innocent like, ‘What’s that on your face?’ or ‘What’s wrong with your nose?’ however. They are also spiteful and they tease.”

The most common cosmetic surgery procedures that Dr. Niamtu performs on children are pinning back protruding ears, and removing moles, birth marks and scars. He says bullying—even when children are young—can have long-term effects. But even Dr. Niamtu admits that cosmetic surgery is not for everybody.

“We have a body-dysmorphic population,” he said. “A lot of young people come and they want cosmetic surgery I have 19-year-olds who come in and want brow lifts and face lifts—that’s crazy.”

What can be done to avoid this situation?

Parents and teachers together should come up with ideas that instill values, morals and love for fellow human beings. Also the entertainment industry should promote such ideas through animations and cartoons that ‘An individual is more than just his or her outward appearance’!

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