Cosmetic surgery not only has its positive outcomes but also has a negative side to it. In the novel, Cosmetic Surgery by Norman Waterhouse, he clarifies that "cosmetic surgery has now become a part of modern culture...
...Four out of the top five types of cosmetic surgeries in 1992 were performed to correct birth defects, effects from diseases, and injuries. The surgeries in order of the most frequently performed were tumor removal, hand surgery, lacerations, and scar revision (Heckaman and Henry 5 and 7).
Growing Trends in Plastic Surgery
Growing Trends in Plastic Surgery
If given a chance to revamp your look would you take it? Thanks to celebrities like the Kardashians and shows like Botched, plastic surgery has become more acceptable in our culture. As a medical and surgical specialty, plastic surgery may involve restoring, reconstructing, or the altering of the human body. Plastic surgery is growing in demand, but understanding the types of plastic surgery and dangers is important.
How many people do you know that feel overly confident with their body? No one is completely happy with their appearance. Whether it’s their butt, breasts, nose, weight, or even wrinkles, everyone has something they would like to have fixed. Cosmetic surgery is a completely safe route to take to get the body one would like, and as long as you do research prior to a procedure, it is safe.-+ Many people have only heard negative stories about cosmetic surgery because can be found more interesting. The social stigma of cosmetic surgery should be removed because it is actually a great way for people who are not confident with their body, have been injured, and/or were born with birth defects to change, restore, or enhance their features.
Cosmetic Surgery is the procedure done to restore or improve one’s physical appearance. The use of surgery to have an actualization of a want tends to be unneeded since it is not in line with the purpose of reestablishing what was lost or damaged. Although cosmetic surgery intends to be used for restoration purposes, many people have abused it for the sake of vanity. Cosmetic surgery also has good and bad effects on the person in many different aspects.
Most of us don't like some aspect of our appearance, whether it's sagging eyes or excess weight in particular areas, to name a few complaints. Lately a record numbers of Americans are doing something about it by having plastic surgery. Since 1995, the number of cosmetic procedures, which range from liposuction to facelifts, has almost tripled (English 23). Is that a healthy choice-or a dangerous trend? Aging has become the field of the future for plastic surgeons whose patients have reasons not always valid in the search for youth and beauty.
Cosmetic surgery consists not just of enhancing someones beauty, but also to help those who have been badly damaged in an accident or who have physical birth defects. Many believe that women are the main gender that go for cosmetic surgery. Yet studies have shown that 11% of men are also getting cosmetic surgery - in fact since 1992, the percentage of men getting cosmetic surgery has gone up by 50%. Middle aged men see plastic surgery as an investment in their career prospects. It is important to know that it is neither sex nor age which makes some type of aesthetic surgery procedure feasible, but what is important is a good general health condition.
Outside beauty and staying forever young are the newest trends among today's society. Women are the highest percentage of this trend because women have been conditioned at young age to believe outer beauty is unsurpassed. Plastic or cosmetic surgery in the past has been kept hushed, never knowing did she have her nose worked on? Today plastic surgery is being embraced by the millions and highly looked upon. Recently a friend of mine had a breast augmentation. Her argument was the need to feel more confident in her own body. She felt out of proportion to the rest of her body. Young and old women today feel the need to look like Barbie, which undoubtedly comes from the need to replicate their favorite celebrities. Other causes for plastic or cosmetic surgery come from low self-esteem issues, sexual satisfaction and the need to be accepted as beautiful.
Cosmetic Surgery, Suspect Norms, and the Ethics of Complicity
Cosmetic surgery does not operate under the same distinct goals that regular medical practices operate under: the removal, relief, or curing of maladies. Cosmetic surgery is mainly deemed as a luxury, one that is allotted to those with the means to send money on something that is often deemed purely superficial. These surgeries do not stem from a base of medical necessities however there is a certain level of suffering that can accompany some of the patients want for surgery. The suffering, coming from mostly issues with self image, are directly related to social norms. These social norms are ones constructed by society as a whole based on what they deem as “beautiful”, “expectable”,
Plastic surgery is an interesting cultural phenomenon. It is a very controversial subject that many people are fascinated by. Sociologists today use the three theoretical perspectives, conflict, functionalist, and interactionist theory to understand the range of issues and phenomenon in societies. In this paper I will present a sociological analysis of plastic surgery with a brief history on the subject matter.