Society today has brain washed both men and women in believing that considered beautiful one must look like models shown on magazine, television and in movies. This causes people to undergo plastic surgery. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, plastic surgery was first used in India as early as 800 B.C. Not only does it enhance self-image but also self concept. Reconstructive ways has also been done nearly more to children than adults. Plastic surgery's categorized as either cosmetic or reconstructive surgery depending on the situation and image you want to portray but they both have their pros and cons.
“Beauty lasts five minutes, maybe longer if you have a cosmetic surgeon.”(Tia Carrere) Non-medical cosmetic surgery was initially devised as a noble technique to help patients with disfigured face or body parts. However, as the time elapsed it became merely a look enhancing procedure. Humans started exploiting it just for their personal pleasure and its real motive of resurrecting severe disfigured faces, eventually got replaced by enhancing one’s looks. In present, Non-medical cosmetic surgery has deviated many forms including mammoplasty, buttock augmentation, rhinoplasty, liposuction, cheek augmentation, phalloplasty, blepharoplasty and many more. Non-medical cosmetic surgery expanded its boundaries from women, and soon entrapped men and teenagers too in its grasp. Although banning Non-medical cosmetic surgery would be considered as a violation of human rights and would anger people who believes it raises self-confidence, it should be done as it is a waste of money and time, has severe medical complications, and presents the patient as a person with weak personality.
red the real meaning of plastic surgery? Do you know when plastic surgery was first developed? Despite the consensus that plastic surgery involves surgery done using plastic or artificial materials, plastic surgery is actually derived from the Greek word “plastikos”, which means “to mold or shape” whereas “surgery” is obtained from “kheirourgos”, “kheir” being “hand” and “ourgos” being “work”. It dates back to as early as 600 BC, when a nose was reconstructioned by a Hindu surgeon using a piece of cheek because it was damaged in battles or caused by punishments as slaves. However, the idea of beauty has been distorted in which one believes to obtain would require the help of an approach that is not necessarily needed. In today’s society, a person is being pressured into looking a certain way in order to be called beautiful. With the media and the Internet highly influencing consumers every day by presenting picture perfect celebrities with smooth skin, perky chests and bottoms on television, it is likely that the media would hold an effect on the persuadable youth who are healthy with no defects but yearns for the unattainable. Surgical makeover shows such as Extreme Makeover and The Swan showing back-to-back episodes of a group of “ugly” women given a gift to look and feel beautiful has shown how many people in society lacks the self-esteem and confidence. For them, it is to undergo plastic surgery. It is no surprise that in the annual report entitled “Global Aesthetic/Cosmetic Surgery Procedures Performed in 2011”, United States ranked first among countries performing breast augmentations.
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.
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.
In today society, beauty in a woman seems to be the measured of her size, or the structure of her nose and lips. Plastic surgery has become a popular procedure for people, mostly for women, to fit in social class, race, or beauty. Most women are insecure about their body or face, wondering if they are perfect enough for the society to call the beautiful; this is when cosmetic surgery comes in. To fix what “needed” to be fixed. To begin with, there is no point in cutting your face or your body to add or remove something most people call ugly. “The Pitfalls of Plastic Surgery” explored the desire of human to become beyond perfection by the undergoing plastic surgery. The author, Camille Pagalia, took a look how now days how Americans are so obsessed
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”,
Advertisement for cosmetic surgery are everywhere from the front page on the magazine by the block to the television commercials. Surgery has been deeply impact to younger groups of kids. It has become at table discussion at dinner nowadays. A young girl got a nose job, rhinoplasty to make more symmetrical. She didn’t think she was ugly she just wanted her face to be proportional. The summer after school one of her friends got one. Girls at her praised her for her new nose. Everyone was so much impressed they booked an appointment for themselves. “ Magazine have pushed the envelope on what it means to be beautiful and surgery is a nowadays way to deal with body issues” Perloff para 12). Cosmetic surgery has become an epidemic (Fresh Faces para.22). There is nothing wrong getting a Botox, or breast augmentation but there are some dangerous procedures. Everyone has a heard at least one story of a cosmetic surgery fail. Recently Instagram has been flooded with the news of a girl, Sarah Tehar getting multiple of surgery to look like Angelina Jolie. Many can say it is an epic fail. She has went under the knife fifty times to like her idol , Angelina Jolie. Although gaining popularity on Instagram, she been nicknamed “zombie”. Cosmetic procedure are not a bad thing at all, the problem is use to boost self-esteem(Fresh
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.
The practice of cosmetic surgery has been present in history throughout various cultures, ranging from simple to complex procedures. Some people looked at cosmetic surgery as an alternative to reintegrate into society, however, as time and technology advanced, cosmetic surgery changed its focus to the modification and enhancement of the bodies of both male and female. Cosmetic surgery, began as an exclusive and necessary medical procedure, however, today it is considered a commodity. In this research, I will discuss how cosmetic surgery became popular, exploring its historical perspective, and the progress made throughout history in different cultures about this procedure.