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Diplomas and nose jobs

Monday, May 7, 2007

The number of cosmetic surgeries performed on teenagers has nearly doubled in the last five years. Teenagers still account for just about 2 percent of cosmetic surgery patients in the US, but this trend is increasing rapidly. Cosmetic surgery is becoming a popular graduation gift and it's often the parents who make the purchase for their kids.

Are teens mature enough to make decisions that will impact their health and the rest of their lives? Also, are we supposed to award academic accomplishments with surgical additions to the body?

Such questions are ultimately up to individual interpretation and values. However, we should all be concerned that teens are still growing and up to 20 percent of cosmetic surgeries must be revised later. So before you give this unique graduation present, think about other choices- perhaps college tuition?