Society and Plastic SurgeryThe benefits and horrors
English 3 Honors
3rd period


In today’s society hearing about someone having plastic surgery done is almost normal. Most people feel that by having plastic surgery they can achieve the unrealistic goal of getting the perfect body. Women are definitely not alone in this battle, the amount of plastic surgery performed on men rose 13% from 2000 to 2002. Not shocking is the fact that not only has the amount of plastic surgeries performed risen but the average age has dropped drastically. As time goes on more and more people are going under the knife looking for answers to their inner issues with an outer change without realizing all the risks involved with surgery. Hopefully, people will realize that plastic surgery is not the answer, that there are other ways to improve your looks.


Plastic surgery is unquestionably costly. Face lifts range in prices from $7,000 to $13,000, while breast augmentation on an average costs around $6,000. Financing your surgery could put you in some serious debt. Would making your face look a slight bit younger really be worth ruining your credit because you couldn’t make payments on your credit card? For example lets say you opted for breast augmentation and it cost you $6,000 and charged it onto a credit card with a 2.9% interest rate, after two years your balance on your card would be $9,984! With $6,000 you could be spending the money on a down payment for a car, a house, or even a luxurious vacation. Instead, the money would be going towards something that would only make you happy with yourself for a while. Keep in mind that 3 out of every 7 patients said they have had more than one surgery after their first one. This means you’re likely to be back under the knife, financing another surgery.


Before a surgeon operates on a patient, they have to make sure their patient has the “right motives”. Some people go in thinking that when they come out of surgery they are going to be a completely different person. This just is not something that happens. No matter how you change your looks, you’re still going to be the same person on the inside. If you weren’t a people person before surgery, chances are your still going to be the same after. Surgery is not the answer to your problems if your having self-esteem tribulations. Even after surgery these feelings are still going to be there. The only difference now is you look different, and you have wasted thousands of dollars on something that’s not even permanent.



Having surgery done in general still has it risks today. Plastic surgery has many risks involved. The first of many risks, but usually the most obvious is scarring. Not everyone reacts the same way, and some people have been left with disfiguring scars on different parts of their bodies. Imagine if you under went a facelift and something goes terribly wrong, and your left with a huge scar all around your jaw line? That would be there for the rest of your life. Liposuction also has its own set of complications. With this procedure you could suffer from abnormal body contour, infections, slow healing, swelling, nerve damage, and discoloration of the skin. There is also the possibility of death (1in 10,000). With breast augmentation you could suffer from deflation (7% of women suffer this), asymmetry problems and excessive bleeding.


Plastic surgery is something society is turning into “not a big deal”, when in reality every surgery is “a big deal”. There are other ways to improve your self-concept. Plastic surgery is also very costly and in some cases has been addictive. Besides the surgical risks there is also the factor that in some instances there have been people posing as doctors and they have severely disfigured their patients! Would you be willing to take that risk not knowing what you’re going to look like when you wake up? Personally, its not worth all the pain and problems you could suffer from. In the end plastic surgery is not something you should even consider because change comes from within not from the outside.


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