Cosmetic surgery involves the reconstruction or alterationof the human body.
Cosmetic surgery is an elective surgery that isperformed on normal parts of the body with the only purpose of improving a person’sappearance and removing signs of aging. The most popular ones includebotox, liposuction, eyelid surgery, breast implants, nose jobs andfacelifts. Cosmetic surgery techniques were known to the ancient Egyptiansas early as 600 BC. The move towards plastic surgery for cosmetic rather thanreconstructive purposes has been attributed at the beginning of twentiethcentury emphasized individual freedom, and the freedom to change one’s body wasmade possible by advances in anesthetics and anti-infection drugs. By 2014, thedemand for cosmetic surgery had been increased in Canada for the surgicalalteration of female genitalia .According to the International Society ofAesthetic Plastic Surgeons, in 2011, over 220,000 cosmetic procedures wereperformed in Canada. With cosmetic surgery, social respect and care givento the elderly is disintegrating.
It erodes people’s finances and health.Cosmetic surgery also perpetuates the racialized standards of beauty.People should reconsider going under the knife as it ispricey, can be addictive and is a risky business. Firstly, there are manyrisks and dangers associated with cosmetic surgery that outlay money.
KerryDeligiannis (April 2, 2011) documented in the article Billions wasted oncosmetic surgery each year that “it may not just be a one off “under theknife” operation” (para 12). There are many health related risks that includeinfection, nerve damage, blood complications, emotional conditions and peopleend up needing another operation to correct something wrong with the first one.Secondly, people start off having one or two cosmetic procedures. and can thenfind themselves unable to stop.
Kelly recently posted in her blog Islandchicc 77 that “It is a risk that can occur when someone tries to be happyby changing their appearance” (2017, para 10). Developingan addiction to cosmetic surgery could result in a number ofproblems. It is a very expensive habit, and it could end up taking over your life.It could go beyond working on different body parts into repeatedly altering thesame thing. Thirdly, health related risks include incredible pressure forpeople to spend huge amounts of money to look a certain way. Jenna Goudreaugave her opinion in an article expressed by Forbes Contributors the HiddenDangers of Cosmetic Surgery “many patients borrow money for the initialsurgery.
If they need an additional procedure, follow-up costs can devastatetheir financial lives” (2011, para 8). A person who is already insecureabout an aspect of their appearance may suffer a severe blow to theirconfidence if the surgery goes awry. If there is a problem and the patient isnot emotionally stable or financially secure, the results can be disastrous.One may not realize that an obsession for perfect appearance that extends toplastic surgery is actually the price of perfection that goes deeper than thepockets. Cosmetic surgery promotes societal emphasis onpersonal appearances. Moreover, the relationships between people and theirbodies are changing in response to the standards set by cosmetic surgery, whichdetracts from important, time-honored cultural traditions and principles. First,men and women who choose to age naturally may be considered abnormal orunattractive.
Melanie and Lambrick (2016), published in their article,Cosmetic Surgery is an Unnecessary Risk that “the societal respect and caregiven to the elderly will be further eroded, as aging is increasingly viewed asdisagreeable” (para3). Cosmetic surgery is re-enforcing the society’s obsessionwith youthfulness and promoting the idea that aging is optional and evenundesirable. Secondly, modern western society is obsessed with achievement,youth, and beauty.
Roberta and David (2006), documented in their article,Aging and cosmetic enhancement that “Beauty is the apparent newindicator of social worth” (para 1). Youth has become valued and privilegedabove age and life experience. This contrasts with cultures where age isrevered and elders are deferred to with respect. Thirdly, older people feelinsecure at the workplace today. Bob Sullivan recently published in hisarticle, More men turn to surgery in bid to stay competitive that”People do tend to look at external appearance. When your clients think you areyounger, they think you are more savvy with technology, social media”(2017,para 7). People have long been attuned to the problem of being judged byappearance in the workplace and it is pretty dramatic and pervasive problem tofeel that if one does not have surgery, might not have a job.
The growth ofcosmetic surgery is not a reflection of the increasing ugliness of people but areflection of our increasing negative self-perception.Cosmetic surgery immortalizing the racist standards ofbeauty and people becoming more pressured to conform to superficial beautystandards. Firstly, getting plastic surgery to improve one’s appearance mightseem like a quick and efficient remedy, but when their lives fail to improve,their mental health problems worsen. Nowak and Rachel documented in theirarticle When Looks Can Kill that “people who go under the knife in thequest for a more attractive body or face are more likely than the averageperson to be suffering from psychiatric problems” (para 3). People more likelyto experience an emotional letdown after a plastic surgery procedure. Theemotional and social challenge associated with gazing eyes or disapprovinglooks from others can produce feelings of isolation or anger, presenting withmental illness.
Secondly, more people are going the extra mile to stand out toemployers in person. More companies are hiring young adults, putting olderindividuals at a disadvantage. Morassuti and Melanie (April 2008) documented intheir editorial the anti-surgery view “Older faces aren’t asemployable; that older wives get left for younger ones; that a furrowed browmakes us look severe and unapproachable. Even if all of these things are true,don’t we want to make a stink about it?”(Para 5). Cosmetic surgery isre-enforcing society’s obsession with youthfulness. Aging is increasinglyviewed as disagreeable.
Women are undergoing surgeries in the hopes ofattracting better career or romantic prospects. Lastly, men and women undergocosmetic surgery, spending huge amount of money, in an attempt to conform tothe largely unattainable ideal body images presented by the media. Burgerjon,Paula, 3 Clydesdale, Jacqui published in their recent article BodyImage & the Media: An Overview “Cultural critics concernedabout the physical and emotional damage being inflicted on people havesuggested that media education be made available to the public in order todemonstrate to media outlets their impact on the physical, emotional, andmental well-being of public” (2016, para 4). Social status plays important rolein how people feel about how they look, media plays a role in this perception,as it almost always ties success, acceptance and happiness with being thin andwhite. Girls are feeling unhappy about their own natural body shapes. This isleading to serious health problems like disordered eating, taking drugs andunnecessary surgeries.
In conclusion, the practice of cosmetic surgery promotesvalues that erode people’s finances, diversity, acceptance of the agingprocess, and even health. Yet, financial resources, diverse experiences,wisdom, and health are much of what holds families, communities, and countriestogether. Therefore, cosmetic surgery should be seen as an unnecessary andundesirable procedure, which promotes, rather than eradicates, inequality.However, the dangers of cosmetic surgery largely outweighits benefits but it is a legitimate choice for many people who want to correcttheir aesthetic problems, or simply change their appearance to ensure theirsuccess in a world where quality of life has a direct correlation to physicalappearance. Physical appearance affects such aspects of life as jobopportunities and career advancement.
In Charla Krupp’s bestseller How Notto Look Old, she makes the case that, “it is more than important, butimperative to appear younger in order to ensure job security” (2008). Finding ajob is much easier if the person appears to be young. Prematurely aged skin canbe a ticket to permanent and premature unemployment. If and when one reachesthe interview stage with a lined brow and sagging skin often work against thecandidate. Making hiring decisions based on non-job-related factors is detrimental.Young people want themselves to be notified and so want fine results out ofeverything..
The vibrant face with prominent cheekbones has become an instant,recognizable marker of wealth and status. Sabrina Maddeaux (2017) recentlyupdated her article The rise of rich face: Why so many young women aregetting cosmetic surgery, stating that “Lightning-fast trend cycles andendless cheap imitations have heralded the decline of fashion as an easy visualmarker of wealth, the most expensive dress in the world can scream cheap andtacky”(para. 7). Puffed lips and spiny cheeks are becoming a source of pride.
People post on social media that they just came from the dermatologist with aphoto of them giving duck lips, portraying that getting the look is notcertainly cheap. Appearance- Obsessed selfie culture is apparently drivingtoday’s youth to cosmetic procedures, such as getting botox injections, dermaland lip fillers and skin lightening. We should want to live in a world where wehear people being called intelligent or hard working far more often thanbeautiful or hot. People should be encouraged by matters of depth andperseverance and accomplishments, because doing so is much more of a favour tothem than living with the false idea that a perfect appearance induces aperfect, fulfilling life. Cosmetic surgery is an undesirable procedure thatperpetuates beauty ideals that are harmful to society at large. Standards thatcosmetic surgery place on physical appearance eradicate tolerance andacceptance of physical variation. Physical diversity will decline and thestandards through which beauty is judged will become narrower and lessinteresting.Availability of cosmetic surgery promotes the idea thataging is something that is optional, even undesirable.
The myriad of benefitsthat comes with aging, such as wisdom and experience, become devalued incomparison to the physical appearance of the body. Cosmetic surgery patientsrun with adversely affected immune systems and long term health risks and thisis also gnawing on people’s finances. People become more pressured to conformto superficial beauty standards and this promotes the societal prejudice ofwomen being judged based on their looks, rather than their intellectual oremotional merit.
Many women have sought out these procedures to possiblyenhance sexual performance and satisfaction, which will eventually promoteinequality. The practice of cosmetic surgery eradicates people’s acceptanceof aging process, deteriorates their health and wealth.