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Plastic surgery used to be reserved for only the wealthy elites, but now it has become more and more available to the public, and has become a popular interest in teenagers. With the media constantly portraying what “real beauty” is, teenagers’ self-esteems are dropping significantly, and cosmetic surgery has become an easy solution to their problem. Studies reveal that the plastic surgery market is heavily unregulated, seeing that any licensed physician can perform cosmetic surgery (Friedman 319). This raises the question: Should cosmetic surgery–now dubbed dangerous–be off-limits to teenagers? In their essays, Arthur Caplan and Michael Olding tackle this debate Caplan’s opinion is that teenagers should not be allowed to receive cosmetic surgery because they have not yet grown accustom to their body, and surgeons who perform on them “ought to lose their license” (qtd, in Friedman). Alternatively, Olding believes that the psychological effects of low self-esteem are far worse than receiving the cosmetic surgery itself. By addressing their professional backgrounds, using emotional tones, and applying factual reasoning, Caplan and Olding expertly express their opinions on whether or not plastic surgery should be restricted to the youth.