|Against Plastic Surgery
It is not a secret that the standards of beauty nowadays are rather strict and demanding. No matter what numerous combatants against discrimination say, appearances that match the existing beauty standards remains one of the crucial characteristics of a modern individual. People who are discontent with their appearances have different ways of improving the way they look, such as makeup, clothes, or just being in harmony with themselves. However, there is a more radical alternative of changing the way a person looks—plastic surgery. Plastic surgery is highly debated and should be abstained from in the majority of cases.
The foremost reason for not getting plastic surgery is that this procedure can become highly addictive (Huffington Post). Although a person might think that they would just do a single improvement, the temptation to keep “adjusting” one’s appearance can become overwhelming and lead to unpredictable and often sad results. The best examples for this are women like Cindy Jackson (who got 55 plastic surgeries, which is a world record), or Jocelyn Wildenstein, who is rumored to have spent about 4 million dollars on plastic surgeries. The “before and after” photos of her can be found online easily, so you can draw your own conclusions regarding whether or not the results of the numerous plastic surgeries she has undergone are worth the price she paid. Janice Dickinson, Michael Jackson, Courtney Love, and other famous personalities who have undergone plastic surgeries can also be good examples of why this kind of surgery should be avoided.
In addition, plastic surgery does not solve the main problem of a person who decides to undergo it, which is being discontent with his or her appearance. Such individuals should rather focus on solving their inner problems, pay more attention to what is going on within themselves rather than on the surface of their bodies (MindBodyGreen). In the case of the elderly, it might be the fear of death or the feeling that they do not have a youthful appearance anymore that causes a wish to change one’s appearance. Those who are obese should consider changing their diet and lifestyle rather than undergoing liposuction. There is also a serious psychological disorder called dysmorphophobia – the major symptom is being severely unsatisfied with one’s appearance, body parts, or body as a whole. Visiting a psychologist or a psychotherapist could be more useful and satisfying than having one’s face redesigned.
It is important to remember that plastic surgery is something that remains with a person forever (dbreath.com). You cannot return to your natural look if you feel discontent with the surgery. You will have to do another surgery to look similar to your original self, or try to improve on your previous plastic surgery. Moreover, if you try to keep up with fashion trends, you will lose the race, because trends change, and your appearance remains. What is natural is almost always better than artificial, and deep inside you will know that the way you used to look before the surgery was better.
It is necessary to distinguish between cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In case of accidents, when a person’s appearance is ruined, reconstructive surgery is indeed necessary and helpful.
Despite the temptation for a seemingly quick and easy way to improve appearances, plastic surgery for purely cosmetic reasons should be avoided. Changing and improving one’s appearance can become addictive, so a person might feel a constant desire to complete surgeries. In addition, this desire is usually caused by issues with well-being, which a psychologist could help out with better than a surgeon. You cannot undo plastic surgery, so once you undergo it, you will have to live with it forever. Be yourself, and see the beauty that you hold naturally.
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