Teen Botox-What is this world coming to?

Yesterday morning I was watching CP24 and I couldn’t help but be bothered by the topic they were discussing, and so, today we are going to discuss it ourselves.  Today I am just hoping to spark something within you to question more by the end of this post.  So, here it goes…

If you have read my blog posts prior to today, you will know that I am a firm believer in self-confidence, especially in young females.  So, my mind was racing with questions and fuming with frustration when I learned that teenagers receiving botox and plastic surgery is becoming a trend!  How ridiculous, right? THANK YOU!  The reporters spoke from both sides but I am now left shaking my head and wondering what the future of society truly holds.  What is the reasoning behind all of these procedures? Fear of aging.  I will let you get this straight: young females – I am sure males too but this spoke more directly at females – undergo cosmetic enhancing procedures as a preventative measure for aging.  Apparently the perfect “selfie” is being taken way too far and young people are aspiring to look in fact, perfect.  

Statement #1.  Young people, love yourselves for who you are!  Cosmetic procedures are costly and could have adverse effects on young people still growing and developing naturally.  Embrace who you are and know that aging is a fact of life.  We are all going through it, or will at some point, so appreciate that you have the opportunity to be alive.  

Statement #2. The people who we see in magazines and in movies are usually airbrushed, edited, have perfect lighting, makeup, and the like, so stop aspiring to look like them.  I am all for looking up to people, famous or not, who are good people, with good intentions and morals, but we need to remember that there is more to life than the way we look.

Statement #3. Getting the most likes on your Instagram selfie will not make or break you, as much as you feel it will at the current time.  Again, filters exist, and not everyone posts the first, second, or even third selfie they attempt at taking.  Try not to get too caught up in not looking your best. We all have flaws and we all have qualities others may wish to have: hair, eyes, height, whatever it is.

Now, I am by no means against cosmetic surgery, but for the right reasons.  Some people may feel the need to undergo various surgeries depending on the situation, but that’s just it.  Evaluate the situation first.  It is one thing if someone was in an accident and had injuries where they need cosmetic surgery to help repair.  But, if this is a lack of self-confidence maybe think twice before undergoing anything so serious.  Every surgery, regardless of reason, is a surgery.  Again, feeding off of my post last week, let’s build each other up and ourselves too! 

So, now it is your turn.  Is there a side to be on for this discussion? Is striving to be perfect getting out of hand? Let me know what you think!

“The strength of the simplicity makes it beautiful; If it feels right on the inside it will be right on the outside” – Luigi, Jazz Dance Studio Owner & Instructor and Accident Survivor

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Rachel

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