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YouSpeak: Plastic Surgery

Would you go under the knife?


In 1996, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about 14,000 teenagers had some kind of elective plastic surgery. In 2010, the number was 219,000. What’s up with that?

Rhinoplasty (nose job) is the most popular alteration, and breast augmentation, octoplasty (usually involving ear-pinning), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), liposuction, and male breast reduction are also high on the list.

A survey conducted last year by the marketing research firm InSites Consulting found that more than 88 percent of girls aged 15 to 25 would change something about their body if it was easily feasible; 73 percent of boys would do the same.

With those numbers in mind, this week’s “YouSpeak” asks: “Would you ever consider having plastic surgery?”

YouSpeak” typically appears each Monday.

If you have a suggestion for a question you’d like us to ask, post it in the Comments section below.

Devin Hahn, Producer/Editor, BU Today, Bostonia, Boston University
Devin Hahn

Devin Hahn can be reached at dhahn@bu.edu.

7 Comments on YouSpeak: Plastic Surgery

  • BU_Student on 03.04.2013 at 11:07 am

    Everyone should have a say in what kinds of surgery are done to them or not. And this right to bodily autonomy should start at birth- no one, no matter how young or old, should be forced to undergo a cosmetic surgery that they don’t want, whether it’s circumcision or being pressured for a nose job or anything else.

  • Rupert Manlove on 03.04.2013 at 11:17 am

    What’s up with that?

  • stacie on 03.05.2013 at 3:42 am

    I’m 25 years old and I have recently had a double eyelid surgery. My blepharoplasty procedure was performed by Dr. Jerome Edelstein at Edelstein Cosmetic. I really achieved the results I wanted! This cosmetic surgery actually helped me get brighter, more open and more shapely eyes. I absolutely love my new look now! To look better and prettier, I will always opt for plastic surgery. Thanks for this great video, by the way!

  • Dr. Edwin Magallona on 03.05.2013 at 4:13 am

    Plastic surgery is not for everyone but it also does not discriminate. As a plastic surgeon, I make sure that I screen first my possible patients and I tell them honestly if they need it or not. If they fail the pre-screening, I advise them to take the alternate route first but if they need it, I advise them the best procedures and give them the expectations to make sure that we are on the same page.

  • Columbus Plastic Surgeons on 03.05.2013 at 4:09 pm

    As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I agree that it is a choice that everyone needs to make for themselves. It is not for everyone and each patient needs to be evaluated on a case by case basis to make sure they have realistic expectations.

  • plastic surgery on nose on 03.07.2013 at 12:28 pm

    I don’t have a problem with it unless you go overboard trying to change things about yourself that are unnnecessary. You only have one life to live

  • Jennie on 08.11.2013 at 1:36 pm

    I believe, cosmetic surgery is a boon to many people especially moms that have lost their curvy physique. Whether or not it is popular is evident from the increasing number of surgeries. Being a mother of two children, I am pleased to reveal that my cosmetic surgery in Toronto went amazing though I had a lot of anxiety and fear to take it. Choosing a surgeon was an awful task. Thanks to Fairview cosmetic surgery clinic to help me improve self esteem and confidence after Tummy tuck!

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