Cosmetic surgery is all over the place. A decade ago plastic surgery was very hush, hush and now it is out in the open and everyone is talking about it. It used to be only for the rich and famous and now it’s for who ever wants to improve their appearance and can afford it. Its all about changing that part of your body that you don’t like whether it be your nose, breasts, chin, stomach, the sky is the limit these days. With new techniques and advancements in surgical instruments the number of cosmetic surgeries is growing every year.
Plastic surgery, which describes all types of corrective or restorative surgeries, has been around for thousands of centuries. Surgeries founding father Sushruta was the first to demonstrate reconstructive surgery techniques back in 2000 B.C. Although rudimentary and barbaric to today’s standards, these were the first steps to what we consider today to be very normal plastic surgery. Although, most people who want or receive cosmetic surgery have a specific goal to reshape, remove or correct imperfect areas of their body, plastic surgery also engulfs additional types of surgery such as reconstructive, microsurgery, burn treatments and hand surgery. In these types of surgeries correcting or restoring form and function to a specific part of the body is necessary.
In today’s society the objective is to look, act and feel young and beautiful. It is said that cosmetic surgery has increased by 50 percent since the beginning of the century. This is an outstanding increase that demonstrates the reality that people are obsessed with beauty. With cosmetic surgery the fantasy of looking young and beautiful can be a reality. Choose an area to enhance and a plastic surgeon can change your appearance to your liking. This phenomenon is not limited to gender or race. Girls and guys alike are getting cosmetic surgery as well as African American, Hispanic and Caucasian.
The most popular aesthetic surgeries include breast augmentation, liposuction, nasal surgery, eyelid surgery and abdominoplasty. In addition to these common surgeries there are others including breast reduction, breast lift, phalloplasty, buttock augmentation, chemical peel, labiaplasty, lip enhancements, otoplasty, face lift, brow lift, cheek augmentation Orthognathic Surgery, filler injections and laser resurfacing. With so many surgeries to choose from a person could become the perfect specimen without having to eat healthy or exercise.
However, having plastic or cosmetic surgery is not all fun and games when you get right down to it. A lot of people who have plastic surgery become addicted and want additional surgeries. Having too many surgeries can be detrimental to not only your pocket book but also to your body. Every time you go under anesthetic and have your body cut open you run the risk of infection and organ failure. Although the surgeons take every precaution before and after surgery there are still risks.
Determining an appropriate doctor to perform your cosmetic surgery should be a detailed process. Ask your medical physician for referrals or friends who have had plastic surgery that are pleased with their results. Make sure the doctor is not only board and state certified but is certified by either the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.
Make a list of questions for your surgeon to answer when you have your consultation. Ask your surgeon the pros and cons of your surgery. It is easier to make an appropriate decision if you understand the risks involved ahead of time. Have your doctor outline all the steps to your procedure even before and after so you understand not only what will be going on during the surgery but how long it takes to recover and what you should expect. Testimonials with pictures are a great way to get a feel for what you should expect after surgery. Ask your doctor if he has any from previous clients.
Although, cosmetic surgery can enhance or improve our imperfections, having surgery on our body does not change the person inside you. Unfortunately plastic surgery has become a quick fix for people who are unhappy with themselves. It is these people who are never satisfied and want to continually have surgery after surgery. Accepting yourself after you have had plastic surgery can be difficult or relatively easy. Remember that you are still that same person even if you have had major changes done. Surgery doesn’t change the inside it only changes the exterior and we shouldn’t rely on a scalpel to make us beautiful.
Sarah Labdar, “Does Having Plastic Surgery Make you Beautiful?”, Everyday Health