Micro-pigmentation is a procedure in which minute inert pigments are placed below the upper layer of the skin for better appearance. Often the appearance of the eyebrows and lips can be enhanced by this procedure. It can also used in other parts of the body to improve the appearance of lighter skin lesions. The procedure involves introducing pigments on the surface of the skin using specialized devices. The individual may have slight amount of swelling and redness of the skin which usually disappears within a day or two.
Some individuals may not be happy with the appearance of their face after micro-pigmentation. In such cases, removal of the pigments can be done only with lasers. Some individuals may also experience allergy to the pigments. The hair follicles may also get damaged if the pigments enter the skin too deeply. The procedure may also obstruct with MRI scan. Thus the patient really needs to consider the need for such a procedure (ASAPS, 2007). Frequently, the tissues are damaged during plastic surgery, which later affects with their normal functioning.
The individual may observe that the skin in the operated area may appear more aged than the other parts of the body after a few years (Todorov, G. , 1999). Individuals who consider that plastic surgery can help to make skin look younger are completely wrong, because the procedure can in fact accelerate aging. Teenagers should be happy with the appearance of their skin and should not go in for procedures that would boost their looks. The physician should also explain to the individual that results expected before the procedure may not always be achieved due to individual factors.
Some individuals may respond to the surgery and the chemicals used in a different manner compared to another individual. Thus it can be seen that there are several risks associated with cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, and it would be always better if the teenage patient, the surgeon and the parents are able to discuss the benefits and risks involved with the procedure. Only if clear benefits exist should the procedure be permitted. Plastic surgery should be permitted only in circumstances where a genuine and unmanageable problem exists.
Some of the minor problems can be sorted out through the use of cosmetics and non-invasive techniques. The risks that we currently know of plastic surgery are only the short-term or the medium-term ones (Zuckermann, D. , 2005). Presently surveys are being conducted to determine the long-term effects of plastic procedures. Once these results come out an appropriate rationale for conducting the procedure can be drawn.
References: American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “Breast Augmentation. ” ASPS Home. 2006. Public Education. 4 Nov. 2006 http://www.plasticsurgery.org/public_education/procedures/AugmentationMammoplasty.cfm