Plastic Surgery: Helpful or Harmful?
The fact that my website is called Be Your Own Kind this subject is very conflicting. I encourage others to create a life that best fits them, so technically why would body enhancements be different?
If I always wonder if I had dispensable cash would I get a tummy tuck for my stomach rolls or lipo these thighs? I honestly cannot say I would not or that I would. Then I think about the health risks that are involved in any surgery. I personally know people that have underwent body enhancement procedures and it improved some of their lives and not so much for the others. I honestly feel judgmental telling someone what to do with their body and I honestly do not know their mental capacity of the people that having these procedures. However, what worries me the most is some people choose to do this as a fad and not for the reason of boosting self-esteem but rather cover up some deep rooted issues.
According to plasticsurgery.com:
The Top Five cosmetic surgical procedures are:
- Breast Augmentation
- Nose Reshaping
- Eyelid Surgery
- Tummy Tuck
Dr. Torgerson, a plastic surgeon, commented the top five reasons people chose plastic surgery are:
- The Boost Self Esteem
- Turn Back the Hands of Time
- Make a Partner Happy
- Be like Celebs
This goes back to my concerns as only 2 out of 5 reasons are self-involved.
In-Depth Convo about the Top Five Reasons
1. To Boost Self Esteem
Can Self Esteem actually be boosted by cosmetic surgery?
According to more-selfesteem.com “appearance is linked to self-esteem.” The ideology of this quote is the more a person feels comfortable in their skin, the higher the confidence. Although I agree with this concept, I wonder about the percentage of people that are not positively affected post-surgery. According to psychologytoday.com, about 5 to 15 percent of plastic surgery patients have body dysmorphic disorder, an obsession with nonexistent or slight defects in appearance.” If this is the case, are plastic surgeons requiring people to seek counseling before the procedure. The answer to this question is…
2. Turn Back the Hands of Time
One of Cher’s popular songs were about turning back the hands of time to mostly right her wrongs. Is undergoing plastic surgery any different? If a person does not eat healthy or misuse their body they can opt for a procedure to reverse this damage. I think this ties with self-esteem as it takes care of the outer man but does transform the inner man.
3. To Make a Partner Happy
From my research I found some surprising information that couples are undergoing plastic surgery together. This activity compared to a couple having a shared hobby. It is reported that men are weary of aging just as much as women are. This shared activity is helping couples grow closer together.
On the flip side plastic surgery is also tearing relationships apart. Some spouses have reported their wife/ husband change in personality post procedure. This boost of confidence makes them believe they are now settling and can do better.
I honestly think this is self-explanatory. People that are caught up in their looks are always trying to improve something. This goes back to the thought that people can change whatever they feel needs changing. If they feel their nose is hideous is it morally wrong for them to change it? Are we to follow the saying” loving the nose God gave us” if so wouldn’t that also apply to such body features as hair weave or eyelashes? Shouldn’t we also rock the eyelashes and hair God gave us? Should we not dye our hair and let the gray strands roam free. With that in mind is plastic surgery any different from these things?
5. Be Like Celebs
The ironic thing is most celebs get plastic surgery to be like other celebrities. The entertainment industry is based off vanity and it would make sense for them to brush up their beauty. I guess?
Then I look at such actresses like Diane Keaton (I originally listed 4 actresses but after looking it up to verify she was the only one on my list that has never underwent plastic surgery).
Then you have some celebs that have over-underwent procedures.
Celebs such as Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj have been open about plastic surgery which subconsciously promote plastic surgery and portrays the message that you can change yourself to be the person you want to be. Nicki even commented in her song “Dear Old Nicki”,
She basically let go of her old self (inside and out) to become the Star she is today.
The consensus of this research is people have the right to create whoever they want to be. The caveat of this is no matter how much surgery you undergo it won’t mean a thing if you do not repair what’s within. This applies to any one that is making physical changes. If you are genuinely doing it for yourself, Great! For any other reason, please seek counseling before making your final decision.
Let’s chat, have you underwent body enhancement surgery? How did it change your life? For those that haven’t what are your thoughts about body enhancements?