Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery Be Informed

Everyone has looked in the mirror and found something they want to fix. Cosmetic surgery can boost self esteem, and give confidence it seems the pain associated is secondary. Many people are willing to take the involved risks even though complications can arise. Cosmetic surgery changes the appearance by altering parts of the body that function normally but do not look the desired way. Cosmetic surgery has been laden with unrealistic demands and sometimes legal action in cases of dissatisfactory results. This essay will define cosmetic surgery, discuss the complications, and touch on reasons for cosmetic surgery and today’s advances.
Cosmetic Surgery has been around for many centuries starting in 800 B.C. in India and later used in European medicine. “The history of cosmetic surgery originates in the early 800 B.C. when surgeons in India restored noses to persons who had them taken off as a form of punishment” (History of Cosmetic Surgery, 2008. This practice moved slowly until 1827, when “Dr. John Peter Mettauer performed the cleft palate operation with his own specially designed tools,” (History, 2009). Plastic surgery increased during World War I, because physicians were presented with facial wounds and burns, and this changed the history of plastic surgery.
  Today millions are embracing cosmetic surgery. Surface beauty and staying young are the newest trends among today's society. The highest percentage of cosmetic surgeries are performed on women raised to believe outer beauty is unsurpassed. The media, via television, advertisements, videos, etc. gravely contributes to the rising rate of plastic surgery with their portrayal of what is beautiful. Some of the most popular surgeries are: making the breasts larger (augmentation mammoplasty) or smaller (reduction mammoplasty), reshaping the nose (rhinoplasty), and removing pockets of fat from specific spots on the body (liposuction) and facelifts. Cosmetic surgery is not just...