ATnT Plastic Surgery May – June 2011: Teen Surgery

Posted: May 8, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
May – June 2011
Plastic Surgery Department

Teens & Plastic Surgery

THE BALANCING ACT
OF HELPING YOUR PATIENTS
MAKE THE “BETTER” CHOICE

By Jeffrey Spiegel, M.D.
Contributing Editor & Advisor

What is the purpose of plastic surgery? Sounds like an easy question, but like many easy questions, the more we consider the answer, the more complex the answer appears. The easy answer is to make oneself look better. Of course, “better” is a very subjective word when it comes to appearance.

Does piercing with a gold loop in the nose make a person look better? Does a flower tattoo on the ankle make one look better? Different people will offer very divergent opinions. Perhaps the same person will even offer different opinions, depending upon when you ask them.

A 16-year-old girl who wants to fit in with her friends may feel one way while a 32-year-old woman with small children who is trying to work her way up the corporate ladder may feel very differently.

Even if the definition of “better” is hard to pin down, we know instinctively that some plastic surgery must be wrong. When an anorexic person feels he or she is overweight, we know that something is wrong.

Similarly, when an attractive person changes too many things and looks unnatural, we wonder if he or she had some sort of image problem, such as body…READ ON – Download Full Article NOW!

Dr. Spiegel

About Dr. Spiegel
Jeffrey H. Spiegel, M.D., is Chief of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Boston Medical Center and holds academic appointments in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery and Plastic Surgery at the Boston University School of Medicine.

Visit Dr. Spiegel’s website and blog: http://www.drspiegel.com.

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