Pros and Cons of Cosmetic Surgery

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In a society focused on looks one may hastily consider cosmetic surgery to fix an abnormal nose or shed a few unwanted pounds. Is it worth it? What are the risks versus rewards? In this essay I will explore the pros as well as the cons of cosmetic surgery because as with many choices in life, there are many risks as well as rewards.

Cosmetic surgery originated in ancient India, but became more prominent starting with the First World War. Medical professionals started exploring new techniques to treat wounded and disfigured men maimed by the war. Today plastic surgery consists of two types: reconstructive plastic surgery and cosmetic plastic surgery. Reconstructive surgery is just what it sounds like; reconstructing a part of the body that is abnormal due to a birth defect or injury. Cosmetic plastic surgery, which is what will be discussed in this essay, is surgery that is performed on parts of the body that are already normal. In other words, it is surgery that is performed, strictly to improve a structure of the body.

With the prospect of having those perfect breasts or washboard tummy, what could possibly hinder one from going under the knife? There are quite a few risks as well as deterring factors to think about; such as a patient’s current health condition, recovery, infection and lastly cosmetic surgery addiction. People who have current heart conditions, diabetes or are overweight are at the greatest risk. Patients must have a full medical checkup prior to pursuing cosmetic surgery. The “tummy tuck” is regarded by surgeons as the most dangerous procedure because such invasive operations carry the risk of stokes, bleeding and post-operative complications. Incidentally, this is the most requested procedure among high risk patients. (Cosmetic Surgery in the Spotlight Again, 2007).

What happens when a surgery goes wrong and there are undesired effects? Bad plastic surgery can happen in any cosmetic surgery procedure. Some are...
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