Beauty and the Knife
Is it true that someone is able to purchase beauty? No, beauty comes without a price tag. Then why do people undergo intense surgery to wear the smallest pant size, have the flattest stomach, or the largest breasts to be declared beautiful? It is because people are misled with the craze of cosmetic surgery, which is on a rapid rise. In the mind of a uniformed patient that is seeking beauty; cosmetic surgery has turned into the solution for any type of flaw on one’s body. In reality though, cosmetic surgery may end in serious complications, lead to an obsession with changing one’s self, or spending too much money on an unnecessary procedure. First, cosmetic surgery is very risky. According to Congressman Ron Wyden, from Congressional subcommittee hearings on plastic surgery industry, “Untold numbers of patients seeking the fountain of youth through a facelift, a tummy tuck or an acid peel sometimes get more than they bargain for, suffering infection, stroke, and occasionally death following procedures that are advertised as safe, easy, and painless (McCabe 0). Despite the chances of an unsafe surgery, people continue to fantasize about the “natural” body of a celebrity, but really they want the digital alteration and special lighting done by professional photographers. Many people step into their worst nightmare during their procedure and after, because people are not warned about what cosmetic surgery is capable of. For example, the risks of a face-lift can out weight the benefits. The risks involve:
Postoperative bleeding where there may be bleeding under the skin that was lifted during surgery. This may result in an accumulation of blood beneath the skin, a hematoma. When the hematoma is larger, an additional procedure may be required to remove the blood from beneath the skin. Skin slough, a loss of layers of the skin. At times, after surgery, with further swelling, the skin is stretched. There is loss of...
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