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Plastic Surgery: Abuse And Addiction

By Wendy Butler

Perfection is what most people have in mind when they rush to plastic surgery. The change of one’s image is the decision one has to make to undergo the process of a life time. Many people are enticed by the looks of others who seem to look ‘better’ according to them. They obey the quest of looking good and end up following procedures to improve their image. The media is to blame for much plastic surgery practiced today; anywhere one looks, there is an image of perfection and adverts are all full of presumed beautiful people. The players in the industry of plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery have been involved in the psychological battles of individuals trying to prove how their procedures can make and improve a person’s image.
The drive and motivation to look like them hits the less self conscious who end up hating themselves and their unique image. Everyone has a unique image got during birth, the color of the skin, the shape if the hips, the size of the nose are all unique and nature puts it with a purpose. Anyone reading may mistake that it is a campaign against plastic surgery but it’s just the way many people have been brainwashed to be involved in it for lack of confidence in themselves. Medically, plastic surgery is very helpful and enthusiastic.
This paper focuses on the purpose of plastic surgery. It brings out how the medical practice has been misused leading to abuse and addiction. Statistics shocking of the US have been used to bring to attention the high rate of the use and abuse of cosmetic procedures which is highest in women. It explains true beauty and the purpose of self confidence in every decision individuals make. The blame to the increased abuse and addiction is shifted to the physicians and the media for their wrong advices and wrong information.

Real beauty
Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder and, not withstanding the beautiful images on the advertisement of perfect beauty, many people especially women and adolescent girls have very negative feelings about their body image. Many are willing to sacrifice anything to achieve this ‘perfect’ ideal image. Initially plastic surgery was meant to correct and restore the facial and body injuries where deformities had occurred e.g. through burns, injuries, and diseases, cosmetic surgery on the other hand is also not bad since it can be used where obesity has gone to the extreme (Endreszl, 2009 para.5).
The intents and purpose of the surgery changed once people got carried away by their lack of confidence. Once a surgery procedure is done then there is no turning back. There are cases of continual surgery in order to get satisfied personally. Higuera, (2006 para3) confirms that of the performed plastic surgery two thirds are repeated cases for patients. This brings out the addiction of the surgery. He continues explaining that the only difficult issue is having the first plastic surgery, this leads to the individual to want more enhancements. Whether one has the money or not then procedure is a test of confidence for each person. The perfect image of one is the real natural image that is not doctored with chemicals to have a look alike to someone else.
Types of plastic surgeries
Many types of plastic surgery exist they include; nose jobs (rhinoplasty), cheek implants, removal of fats from body points (liposuctions), breast augmentation (enlargement), and gynecomastia. Cosmetic procedures include; shaping the ear otoplasty, shaping the abdomen (abdominoplasty), eyelids shaping (blepharoplasty), buttocks augmentation, and chemical peel which involves the eliminating scars on the skin. Some have been named as skin bleaching since many want to look like Europeans. The skin is the largest organ in the body and destroying it just for the purpose of looking white is irresponsibility and ignorance. The types and forms of applying have been invented in different types to suit the user, giving them value for their money.
According to statistics and trends for 2001-2007 in the cosmetic plastic surgery research given by the American Society for the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) approximately 11.7 million cosmetic procedures occurred during 2007 in United States. This is a 457% increase of the procedures since 1997. The report further indicates that for non surgical procedures botox was the highest used, followed by hyaluronic, laser hair removal, microdermabrasions, then laser skin resurfacing.
For surgical procedures, liposuction was the first followed by breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty then female breast reduction. The statistics indicate 91% of women having cosmetic procedures which approximated to about 10.6 million procedures as compared to men. This report indicates the intensity of the practice in the US and a reflection of the world at large. It also gives an insight of the reduced price and hence money may not be an issue while having a cosmetic surgery nowadays. Given the time when the procedure was invented there is tremendous increase in the use, as indicated in this report. The rise may be described as the more youth and individuals who are continuing to loose confidence in their looks.


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