There are many things that define the direction in which our society is headed. One I find truly disconcerting is the idea of plastic surgery, changing your physically appearance to identify with mainstreams ideal of beauty. I empathize with people who have been in terrible accidents and disfigured, or had breasts removed due to breast cancer. In several of these cases, plastic surgery is justified. The thought of media such as, TV and movies setting standards for beauty is nonsensical. (Speaking from the minority) I mean we have had reality TV shows proving the extreme belief that plastic surgery is a way of life, for example “The Swan”, where participates battle each other to be chosen the ugliest to win a cosmetic surgery makeover or “I Want a Famous Face” in which participates undergo plastic surgery to look like famous people. Really! Most celebrities have altered their natural appearances.
Ok, I won’t blame the media totally; parents are participating, with their kiddie beauty pageants and compliance for breast enhancements, liposuction, nose jobs etc. Did you know parents are offering plastic surgery as graduation and birthday gifts? What happen to instilling self-worth into our children? Accepting you regardless to what others think or believe. In South Korea kids visit the plastic surgeon after school as if it were an after school program. They too feel the pressure to look ideal. According to a Time magazine article, in South Korea parents make their kids get plastic surgery just like they make them study. “They feel it is important for success”. The most popular surgery is eyelids (bigger eyes). On the rise are nose jobs.
The most popular surgical procedures in the United States is rhinoplasty (nose job) and liposuction (removing unwanted fat from a person’s body) Kids as young as 6 get surgery for protruding ears, girls as young as 13 have nose jobs. You can actually receive injections, to enlarge your buttocks. A woman from London, England arranged online to meet with an individual in the States in a hotel room to receive buttocks injections, she died moments after. Apparently she felt it was necessary, so she could compete in the entertainment industry. If you must have it I highly suggest a licensed plastic surgeon. A surgical procedure no matter what kind should be done in a sterile medical environment. Today there is a menu of different procedures to choose from, you can look like anyone you want. Statistically in 2009, women and men had these top five procedures. Ethnic minorities accounted for 22 percent of all cosmetic procedures in 2009, Hispanics 9 percent, African-American 6 percent.
Top Five for Women
- Breast augmentation 311,957
- Lipoplasty (liposuction ) 243,217
- Blepharoplasty 124,939
- Abdominplasty 123,041
- Breast reduction 113,511
Top Five for Men
- Lipoplasty 40,519
- Rhinoplasty 32,661
- Blepharoplasty 25,004
- Gynecomastia 16,801
- Hair transplantation 13,064
At times I feel like I’m living in a world of “They Live” in order to see the truth is to put on a pair of sunglasses. You have to see the movie to understand what I’m saying. 🙂
Statistics from American Society for Aesthetic Surgery