The Truth About Cosmetic Surgery

by Angel Constantino Aquino   |  Jul 20, 2010
illustration by Momon Corpuz * special thanks to Dr. Vicki Belo, Leah
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After being in the news for landing a role in hit show Glee, Charice is in hot water for her recent botox and thermage sessions. Whether or not it's so she can "look fresh on camera" or treat her jaw pain, cosmetic surgery for teens is actually real and is happening. Read on to know more about it through three teens who have experienced it.

Ever since I was a kid, my relatives would always tease me because of my pango nose,” shares Danica*, 19. “I used to hold my nose up at night or place a clipper on it. I’d tell myself I’d look prettier if matangos ang ilong ko.” At the age of 15, Danica decided to undergo rhinoplasty, or what is commonly called a nose lift.

Leslie*, 19, also had a nose job at 15. “I had parts of my nostrils cut off because my nose was too wide. My major apprehension was that I would wind up looking completely different—that it would leave me looking like a freak.”

Nikki*, 21, first considered plastic surgery when she was in elementary. “I’ve had weight problems since childhood. I wanted to lose weight because I believed the world equates being beautiful with being sexy.” Nikki’s dream came true when she had liposuction for her stomach and thighs at age 19.

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