Body modifications may be done for cosmetic or reconstructive reasons. People who have cosmetic procedures typically are unhappy with the size, shape, color or texture of some body part and choose to have it changed in some way. Others may need procedures to reconstruct injured or damaged body parts or areas.
Most teens feel dissatisfied with some part of their body. If you're not happy with your appearance, try getting physically fit, practicing good grooming and hygiene or changing your hair or clothing style.
Remember that you're still growing during your teenage years and may feel more comfortable with your appearance as you get older. Also recognize that people tend to be more critical of their own bodies — what looks "bad" to you is probably unnoticeable to others.
If you're still considering a cosmetic procedure, consult with your parents and your doctor, and speak with other people who have had that particular procedure. Gather information so you can make an educated decision.
The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery recommends that you consider these questions
- Why do you want to change your appearance?
- What feature do you want to change?
- What are your expectations for the results?
Cosmetic surgery and related procedures can be costly and painful, and results are permanent. Some procedures can't be done until the person reaches a certain level of growth or even stopped growing. Some doctors won't perform certain procedures until a person reaches a certain age.
Everyone's situation is unique, and only you can decide what's best for you and your life.