Educate youth on risks of plastic surgery - Forum Letter

I WAS alarmed by last Saturday's report ("A third of youth here say plastic surgery OK").

It is disturbing to see young people going under the knife to enhance their looks. They need to be informed of the risks, and we need to find out the reasons behind their desire for surgery, such as lack of self-esteem, peer pressure or media influence.

Plastic surgeons should discourage youngsters who do not have parental consent from undergoing such procedures, and the Singapore Association of Plastic Surgeons should impose strict guidelines to safeguard both their members and patients.

Schools should also address this issue and share information with their students on the risks involved. And parents should discourage their children from such surgery, and emphasise that one's character is more important than physical appearance.

Plastic surgery carries risks such as infection and scarring. It can become an unhealthy obsession among youth, who go for multiple procedures because they are never satisfied with the outcomes.

I hope schools and parents can educate young people that plastic surgery is not the way to boost self-confidence.

Darren Chan Keng Leong
Darren Chan Keng Leong
Read more: http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/forum-letters/story/educate-youth-risks-plastic-surgery-20140903

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