Cosmetic Surgery Ethical Issues

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Cosmetic surgery is a physically and supposedly emotionally changing decision that many people are beginning to make as a result of bullying and demoralizing personal opinions. Confirmed by surgeons and surveyors such as the ones in “Does Cosmetic Facial Surgery Lift Self-Esteem” by Karen Kaplan, patients are quick to believe that cosmetic surgery is the right decision because they feel that the mental health benefits outweigh any risks of the procedure. Katie Abbondanza, author of the article “Extreme Makeover” and the doctors involved in her research such as pediatrician Dr. Jennifer Holmgren reasonably believe that the mental health boost associated with cosmetic surgery will only provide short-satisfaction, while the actual physical change …show more content…
In the article “Extreme Makeover” Abbondanza makes the insightful observation, “While plastic surgery can take care of physical flaws, deep emotional scars often remain. Because when girls start considering surgery, there are often issues below the surface- issues that new boobs or a slimmer nose won’t fix”. People, teenagers more specifically, emotionally turn to cosmetic surgery because of physical insecurities and it only provides short term comfort until another emotional wound appears and the person longs for another way to comfort themselves. There is no surgery for emotional scars or unwanted memories, and surgery is honestly another reminder of why that person got it in the first place, therefore not boosting self-esteem after …show more content…
In “Does Cosmetic Facial Surgery Lift Self-Esteem?” from The Los Angeles Times, doctors and surgeons surveyed recent patients before and after their surgeries to determine their self esteem before and after. Split into three group of high, average, and low initial esteem levels, results turned out a random assortment of high and low improvements, proving that their surgeries did not necessarily provide them a boost of self esteem. The group of initial lower self-esteem grew, but not the most compared to the other groups, and also had a variety in increase in self-esteem after the operation.The researchers in the same article concluded, “Patients exhibit a wide spectrum of psychological reactions after face-lift surgery. This finding underscores the complex nature of the human psyche as it relates to aesthetic surgery” (Kaplan). Clearly this experiment suggests that cosmetic surgery does not necessarily boost self esteem and that initial confidence has an effect on postoperative

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