Summary & Ethical Issues/Controversy;
Over the past few decades there has been a significant rise within the Asian societies of people who desire to look more Caucasian. The Asian citizens want to obtain features that are not native to their race, such as longer noses, wider eyes and larger breasts. Asians have always been a society that is not pleased or happy with their looks and will go to any extent to change them. An example would be the ancient Chinese foot binding that was done to alter the image of the foot. The most sought after procedure in the Asian society is the Blepharoplasty. The Blepharoplasty procedure is a crease that is created above the eyelid by a scalpel or needle and thread. This procedure is done to give the eye a wider, rounder and more attractable appearance. This specific procedure can be done in ten minutes and has little to no recovery time. A new cosmetic procedure that has become more popular with the Asian citizens is a procedure that will fix a persons radish-shaped calves or as the Japanese call it the “daikon-ashi.” This procedure consists of severing the nerve located behind the knee this causes the muscle to atrophy. Once this is done, the muscle diminishes in size about forty percent. These cosmetic procedures have grown so much that studies have been done to graph the incline. There were approximately one million procedures performed last year in Taiwan. One out of ten adults in Japan received some form of cosmetic surgery and Japanese cosmetic clinics took in more then $100 million dollars last year alone. The major downfall to the growth with these cosmetic procedures is that many of the doctors are not licensed to perform the procedures. In Indonesia there are forty-three licensed plastic surgeons and an estimated four hundred cosmetic procedures are being performed each week. Because these surgeons are not licensed, they are (generally speaking) not as knowledgeable about the surgeries and are more...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document