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The prospect of beauty has changed throughout the years. Many people consider beauty as the person who has the perfect body, the perfect nose and the perfect everything. Society has made this vision of beauty and with it many persons feel pressured to look perfect and this has caused many of us to choose plastic surgery as a solution. Plastic surgery is a medical specialty concerned with the correction or restoration of form and function. Though some of us think plastic surgery as a way of regaining normal appearance after accident, others think of it as a way to correct perceived cosmetic flaws. And yes!
Thanks to the emergence of plastic surgery that it is hard to find a person with wrinkled face, flabby waist or a misshapen body nowadays especially the high echelons. However, just like almost every other thing in this world plastic surgery also has its own pros and cons. While there are innumerable benefits of getting a plastic surgery, there are serious disadvantages of plastic surgery that must be considered which are addiction, health problem and procedure that involving a high cost. First and foremost, the disadvantage of plastic surgery is it has the potential to become an addiction (Casey Holley, 2011).
This problem always happened to patients that have low self-esteem (Casey Holley, 2011). As a result, they have never satisfied with their appearance hence want to be perfect to increase their self-esteem and confidence. In order to achieve this goal, they are willingly to go under the knife! Unfortunately, some patients are not satisfied with the results (Wikipedia). Therefore, they want to do the plastic surgery over and over again until satisfied however the surgeons refused to do further surgery hence patients tend to ‘do it yourself’ the plastic surgery.
For example, the most famous cases of Hang Mioku, a 48 years old woman from South Korea who became so addicted to plastic surgery that she was left unrecognisable after her obsession led her to inject cooking oil into her face and causing her face became larger so she had performed surgery to reduce the size of her face. During the first procedure, surgeons have removed 60 g of foreign substance from her face and 200 g from her neck. This is such an awful experience for someone who has addiction in plastic surgery. Secondly, plastic surgery may also attract various health problems.
Complication such as infection, bruising or even bleeding may occur during surgery or even after surgery is completed (Mark Tutton, CNN, 2009). Infection is harmful because it prevents the incision from healing normally which will then affect the desired product. For instance in the case of breast augmentation, the implant may have to be removed if infection spread to the implant. Next, complication involving anaesthesia may be fatal to the patient. Excessive or mis-prescribed anaesthesia may cause the patient to drown in fluid or suffocate due to loss of reflex abilities.
Statistically, about one in 250,000 people die from complication of anaesthesia especially those people with serious medical condition. Other risks from surgical anaesthesia also include nausea and vomiting, bladder problems, airway collapse, nervous system deficit or nerve damage, pulmonary embolism, and drug or allergic reactions (Natalie Kita, 2008). Last but not least, customising our natural body part is a very costly process. A simple modification to our nose might not seem much but it will cost the patient thousands of dollars.
It might seems that plastic surgery is worth our money, the irony to that is, it may not be a solution to a problem but yet allowing more problematic situation to emerge. One that is not financially stable will be surrounded by debt, not mentioning more money and time should be invested in case the surgery did not go as plan. Money is mostly spend on surgeon fees, hospital fees, anesthesia and medication fees, along with lost wages and after care costs rather than spending these resources in more crucial area.
Besides that, plastic surgery usage is limited to those belonging to the high echelons of the society because this people have great influence on others and have plenty of money for plastic surgery (iloveindia. com). Wealthy society might seem to have an easy access to these surgeries, but it is still an unwise decision to invest in cosmetic surgery just to look good. An example, Michaela Romanini; the Italian socialite uses lips collagen hoping to have a sexier lips but instead getting an inverse of what she had hope for.
Money might not be problem to achieve perfection, but if something do go wrong even money cannot fix it. In the final analysis, plastic surgery not only cause more harm, it is also worthless effort for one to achieve the maximum level of attractiveness because beauty is subjective and not restricted to any idea of what people may perceive beauty is. If one is to resolve to plastic surgery, please think twice. References Natalie Kita. (Ed. ). (2009). Risks and Rewards of Plastic Surgery. Retrieved January 14, 2012, from http://plasticsurgery.
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