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The Growing Trend Of Cosmetic Surgery


There was once a time when the looks that people were born with were expected to change very little if at all over their lifetimes. A horrific injury might disfigure someone suddenly and occasionally a strange face might grow beautiful during adolescence but now more options exist. A person can radically alter his or her appearance by going under the knife. Both the face and body can be altered in extreme ways. This essay explores some of the reasons for this exploding industry.

  • Unrealistic Standards of Beauty
  • The standard of beauty that is promoted at present is very different from what the majority of the world’s population looks like. This is especially clear when it comes to women. The need to be tall and slender, tan with European features and a curvy posterior means that most women see things about their body that they would need to change in order to be conventionally beautiful. For men, there may be facial features that they have always admired in a particular actor and would like to possess.

  • Pressure to Conform
  • For some people, their desire to get surgery is not motivated by a celebrity’s appearance or even a need to be beautiful. They may simply want to walk the streets without getting stares or looks of disgust. Burn victims, people who were born with very visible defects and others with disfiguring scars may turn to surgery to restore not just their faces and bodies but self esteem. Cosmetic surgeons are able to create noses and ears by letting cells grow on a mold and with the technology available at present people’s lives are being changed.

  • Unwillingness to Age Naturally
  • Many patients find themselves seeking augmentation simply because they want to regain the looks they possessed in their youth. Today's culture is obsessed with you and people who show signs of aging can often find themselves sidelines as a result. They lose their pick of romantic partners, they may even be ignored in the job search. This makes the possibility of a face lift, tummy tuck, dermal fillers or botulism based injections especially enticing. They allow the period of ‘youth’ to be extended artificially.

The things that doctors can currently do to human faces and bodies are truly remarkable. We are truly blessed to have such things but we must also be careful with when we decide to use them.