Com 150 Final

Dangers of Plastic Surgery

Axia College of University of Phoenix 
Anyone who has looked at themselves in the mirror can find something wrong with themselves. Whether it is weight, wrinkles, chest size, or even the amount of hair found. However, the question remains, is plastic surgery an option? Even though less than 1 out of 200 surgeries has had complications, plastic surgery can lead to pain, physical complications, and death.  
Plastic surgery started in 800 B.C. in India and was later used in European medicine. According to ancient Indian Sanskrit, “The Hindu author Sushruta wrote about the reconstruction of earlobes and noses using skin from other parts of the face like the cheek and forehead,” (History, 2004).   This practice moved slowly until 1827, where “Dr. John Peter Mettauer performed the cleft palate operation with his own specially designed tools,” (History, 2009). This operation made history for being the first major plastic surgery in North America (“History,” 2009).   During World War 1, plastic surgery grew sizably and “presented physicians with scores of severe facial wounds and burns, changing the history of plastic surgery” (History, 2009).  
Because of the challenges presented in World War 1, plastic surgery has developed over the years. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) states that plastic surgery has increased to 457% since 1997, with “nearly 11.7 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures performed in the United States in 2007” (Cosmetic, 2007). Among these procedures include the top five procedures: liposuction (456,828), breast augmentation, also known as breast implants (399,440), eyelid surgery (240,763), abdominoplasty, also known as the tummy tuck (185,335), and breast reduction (153,087) (Cosmetic 2007).   Unlike women receiving 91% of procedures (10.6 million), men as well contributed to the rise of plastic surgery with 9% (1.1 million) growing since 2006, 17% (Cosmetic, 2007).
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