Looks aren't everything
Many people are tempted by cosmetic surgery, especially teenagers who complain they are unattractive.
Television and magazines often feature the latest techniques from Japan and South Korea. There are also pictures of celebrities who have had cosmetic surgery. These adverts and photos make the trend even more desirable.
But there are many problems with cosmetic surgery.
First, surgery can be very dangerous. There are often complications during the procedure. You may be weakened by the operation and easily catch a disease.
Second, cosmetic surgery is very expensive. Many people borrow money to do it and end up in a lot of debt.
Finally, some people believe getting cosmetic surgery will make them more successful. But getting the same nose as a celebrity will not make them rich overnight.
Cosmetic surgery is not the answer to our problems. We should realise that our natural look is beautiful.
Choi Ka-hsuan, Po On Commercial Association Wong Siu Ching Secondary School
From the Editor
Thank you for your letter, Ka-hsuan. Even though we learn through our parents and our education that we should not judge a book by its cover, sadly the reality is that people are judged that way. The other sad reality is that often the pictures we see of celebrities are unrealistic.
Very often, before pictures are printed in magazines, they are 'retouched'. That means the person is made to look slimmer, smoother, taller. Girls are given bigger breasts, skin blemishes are removed, and yes, even noses may be smoothed out a little.
Some people see plastic surgery as an investment. They believe that if they had their teeth straightened and whitened, they might get a better job and this is often true.
The question we need to ask ourselves is whether we fight for the ideal of beauty not being an issue, or succumb to the pragmatism and head for the surgeon's clinic.