There are various beliefs, judgements, and opinions about plastic surgery. Some think it’s unnecessary and that those who are born with unwanted characteristics shouldn’t change themselves, but deal with it. Others believe that if they want something fixed or changed, they should do it because it’s their body and their money.
Ultimately, whether someone doesn’t like the way their nose looks, or they have a deviated septum and would like to get that fixed for reasons that are not cosmetic, these procedures occur often and most benefit from the surgeries they undergo. According to the American society of plastic surgeons, there are 14.6 million surgeries performed last year, including both invasive and minimally invasive. Whether the drive be due to aesthetics or due to an injury or genetic mutation, many people are jumping under the knife and spending big bucks to get these surgeries done. Should we shun these people or applaud them for making such a big decision in their lives?
First, we have to understand the difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgery is a general term that means: the process of reconstructing or repairing parts of the body, especially by the transfer of tissue, either in treatment of injury or for cosmetic reasons. For example, if someone breaks their nose in a car accident and must undergo plastic surgery to fix it, this would fall under this general category, or could be referred to as an non-elective plastic surgery.
Cosmetic surgery, however, is generally an elective surgery meaning it is not required but optional.
I believe there are both pros and cons to plastic surgery and I’m glad these surgeries are available to people who need them and/or want them. Here are the Pros and Cons, in my personal opinion, of going under the knife and having cosmetic or reconstructive surgery.
Improved Self Esteem
Some people have insecurities that arise from disfigurement or other unlikable aspects of their appearance. This is a positive reason why plastic surgery is available. Many will feel better about themselves after having a procedure done which will improve their self-esteem and ultimately their lives. Especially if someone is born disfigured, they should be allowed to get it fixed.
Cosmetic surgery can improve appearance. If there is a part of you that you don’t like, you can change it. But, be sure you have a loving support system of people who love you for who you are before making such a big decision. Beauty and Vanity are not everything, but it can help with quality of life.
Depending on the reason for plastic surgery, some people may have health benefits through plastic surgery. For example, if someone needs a skin graft due to a burn, that will improve health. Someone who may have a deviated septum can also get relief from pain and proper drainage of the sinuses through plastic surgery.
Plastic surgery is very expensive. This is something to consider before going under the knife. Whole life savings are spent on cosmetic surgeries, so this is something that people should take into consideration before getting any cosmetic surgery done.
There are many risks to physical appearance when undergoing plastic surgery. There are risks to having botched surgeries and bad results, so this is another thing to consider. Make sure you thoroughly research the doctor you’ve chosen before you make any decisions or deposits, because you don’t want to end up disliking your appearance more than before the surgery occurred.
Plastic Surgery: Conclusion
Ultimately, having plastic surgery is a good thing, and can also be bad thing. No matter what your beliefs may be, there are a multitude of surgeries done each year in the U.S. and they are available as long as you have the money. We shouldn’t shun plastic surgery or advocate it blindly, but understand the risks before making any decisions.