Cosmetic Surgery Research Paper

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Michael Jackson, Demi Moore, Sharon Osborne, Cher, Pamela Anderson, Bruce Jenner, Joan Rivers, and Janice Dickinson are all guilty of going under the knife. Stars today portray a picture perfect image of how everyone should look, but is it really worth it? To some, yes it is, but when you weigh the pros and cons it really is not worth it. What really is beauty, and why are people so obsessed with it? These days there is a cosmetic procedure to fix any kind of issue that someone thinks they need to have, anything ranging from getting cosmetic dentistry work to getting liposuction. Today, people are under the impression that they have to do whatever it takes to be “perfect” even if that means going through extensive cosmetic surgery. People should embrace who they are for what God made them to be. A celebrity is who everyone admires and what everyone dreams of becoming, but is it really that glamorous? “Part of why beauty is so important to humans is that one depth perception allows us to see and recognize that other humans are watching us” (Kuczynski, 2006, p.104). For most of today’s leading Hollywood stars they have received some sort of cosmetic procedure to enhance their already beautiful looks. On the show the Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency, which broadcasts on Oxygen, Janice underwent a tummy tuck on national television. On the television show The Housewives of the Real Orange Country, it showed the ladies having a party at a doctor’s office and they all received a Botox treatment. An episode of MTV’s True Life did an episode on “I Want a Famous Face”, “in which teenagers and people in their twenties described to a surgeon who they wanted to look like” (Kuczynski, 2006, p.111). “A twenty-three-year-old transsexual named Jessica wanted to look like Jennifer Lopez, so she got breast implants, cheek implants, and an eyebrow lift and had her hairline lowered” (Kuczynski, 2006, p.111). Other people who were featured on this episode was a pair of twenty-year- old twins who wanted to look like Brad Pitt, and a woman who wanted breast implants inspired by watching the movie Erin Brockovich. (Kuczynski, 2006, p.111). The funny thing about that is Julia Roberts who played Erin Brockovich, had a push up bra made for her (Kuczynski, 2006, p. 111). Consequently, the implants that the woman received actually had to be removed due to serious medical complications (Kuczynski, 2006, p.111). In addition to those shows, Dr. 90210 is a show based directly on plastic surgery. It shows people the great side of cosmetic surgery, and how it changes people’s lives. It seems today that television and the media portray cosmetic procedures as no big deal. It is just like going out to lunch or going to the store. What about the message it is sending out to all the young women out there? Apparently, it is saying that it is not ok to be anything above a size two, and well if you cannot achieve that by over excessive exercise then you just have to alter your looks! Now cosmetic surgery is not the new alcoholic addiction, but it is starting to pose a problem for a lot of people. Some people just feel like they need these procedures done to make them feel pretty or accepted. Take Cindy Jackson for example, or should I say the human Barbie. Cindy in her words was just a “plain Jane” from Ohio. She wanted to look younger. Her doctor told her “1) You can't make a plain person attractive, 2) You can't change bone structure, 3) You can't take more than 10 years off a face”(Jackson, 2007, My Surgery. para. 9). Well she succeeded in breaking all of the rules of cosmetic surgery for her time. Cindy had “eye lifts, nose jobs, cheek implants, lip enhancement, cosmetic dentistry, chin reduction, jaw reshaping, face lifts, breast implants, fat transfers, liposuction, and many more”( Jackson, 2007, My Surgery. para. 3). She really does not even look like she is “plastic” like most people do when they have work done on them. She just looks like a twenty year...
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