For the past few decades, the evolution of beauty has brought a huge metamorphosis in people’s perspective about their appearance. People are more concern about their outer beauty than anything else. This is not only limited to woman but a man at this decade of the century has brainwashed and actively involved themselves in this culture too, which is camouflaging imperfections. In addition, in this beauty-obsessed society, there are also people who choose to go under the knife for an enthralling body feature. Cosmetic surgery has become one of the most popular trends all over the world.
Whenever you read newspaper, magazine or switch on the television, you are likely to see something which is related to cosmetic surgery. Reality TV shows such as “Extreme Makeover”, MTV series “I Want a Famous Face”, Italian show “Scalpel: Nobody’s Perfect” and Fox’s “The Swan” have also lead to an overwhelming popularity of cosmetic surgery especially among young boys and girls who are dissatisfied with their current look and want to look posh and perky like a pop star. According to Elsevier, the TV shows have lead “youngster to have cosmetic surgery” and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (2007) study proves that 57% of patients who chose to undergo cosmetic surgery were high-intensity viewers of reality TV shows related to cosmetic surgery.
Cosmetic Surgery carries some risks of harm physically and mentally, even of death.
Opponents of the statement claim that cosmetic surgery is extremely safe with the help of advanced technology and medication. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) reckons that the mortality rate of cosmetic surgery is the lowest among all the surgical procedures. Roughly around 1.754 Ã- %, which is one in 57,000 procedures, while according to the study conducted by medical journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the death rate is slightly higher, which is one in 51, 459 operations.
Furthermore, the adverse party also states that modern anesthesia is safe despite the story you heard before. This is due to certain reasons, for example, qualified anesthesiologist, excellent surgeon and modern equipment used in the operating room.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to become beautiful or perfect. However, undergoing cosmetic surgery should not be one of the options. Supporters of this argument claim that the statement “cosmetic surgery is extremely safe with the help of advanced technology and medication” is a falsehood. Cosmetic surgery is still a surgery which carries out in the operating room and they believe that every surgical carries some common risks.
Surprisingly, cosmetic surgery acts like drugs, it has the potential to cause addiction (iloveindia.com, n.d.) especially for those who started to go under the knife at the young age. The psychologist had found out that most of the people who underwent cosmetic surgery were most likely to suffer from oppressive emotional and psychological disturbance. Doctor Iqbal Ahmed (2010) asserts that seven to 15% of patients who underwent cosmetic surgery will entrap into the psychological abysm of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). BDD is “a mental disorder characterized by distorted body imageÂ and obsessions about perceived physical shortcomings”.
Cosmetic Surgery interrupts teen’s physical and emotional maturity.
Opponents of the issue insist that cosmetic surgery not only improves one’s self-image but also boost their self-esteem at the same time. To illustrate, Caitlin Clemons, 18, describes that she will go for cosmetic surgery and believes that cosmetic surgery will boost her self-esteem as she knows how cosmetic surgery can magically change her life after seeing her sister and mother underwent breast enlargement and how happy they are after the surgery (cited by Thompson, V., 2010). In addition, some also believe that the capabilities in cosmetic surgery await for all those who would like to see a better version of themselves physically and mentally.
43% of the ladies interviewed stated that they would offer surgery for their kids if their look was the main reason of why they were being bullied (Leaton, R., 2011). This statement is pretty pathetic as the supporters of the issue believe that surely there are other non-invasive ways to help the teens to boost their self-esteem so that they can stand up and deal with bullies. Self-esteem is based upon how you feel and think about yourself and not merely according to one’s appearance. Karen Batchelor (2010), a speaker on social media and midlife issues once said that “When you develop your inner beauty, your physical beauty seems to miraculously improve as well!”. Hence, cosmetic surgery should not be seen as a quick fix to boost self-esteem and confidence because true confidence comes from inner personality and not outward appearance.
It is also worth mentioning that in some cases, cosmetic surgery actually lowers one’s self-esteem and level of happiness. “Surgeons note that once a person alters one part of their body, they begin to look at flaws in another part of the body. This can make a person feels less happy with their body than before they had any surgery” and therefore, lowering the level of self-esteem happens (eruptingmind.com, 2011). In fact, the greatest failing in cosmetic surgery lies in a person’s potential inability to raise their self-image to match their new look. The tendency to look to superficial treatments such as cosmetic surgery merely reflects an unwillingness to look within.
Is this good to the society and to the teens themselves? The answer is definitely no as the disadvantages of cosmetic surgery often outweigh its advantages especially when the protagonist is a teenager. Some might ask, why is this so? Firstly, cosmetic surgery carries some risk of harm physically and mentally, even of death. Besides, it not only interrupts teen’s physical and emotional maturity but also burdens the teen’s family who chooses to undergo a cosmetic procedure. Thus, it is clear that teens should be discouraged to go under the knife in pursuit of ‘perfect’ beauty.