Persuasive Essay On Cosmetic Surgery

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Have you ever wanted to change a physical feature on yourself because it was tearing down your self esteem? Currently, there is a significant amount of pressure to look a certain way. People are striving to have perfect facial and body characteristics. Cosmetic surgery is an easy way to achieve those looks. People are willing to take the risk under the knife to reach society 's level of beauty. Liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, and nose jobs are the most popular surgical procedures. A number of people may think non-reconstructive surgery, surgery that is performed even though there are no abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease, is not an issue. Cosmetic surgery raises a risk of addiction that leads to health …show more content…
It is understandable. Magazines, movies and TV shows brainwash their viewers into what beauty should look like. Women are perceived as thin, while men are perceived as muscular. Although cultural expectations of what to look like are high, people should never follow it. Confidence is something an individual has to deal with mentally before he or she can see results on his or her physical appearance. Cosmetic surgeons have reported attending 65 percent of patients who suffer from body dysmorphic disorder, (Lifespan News, 2007). Body dysmorphic disorder, also known as BDD, is a type of chronic mental illness in which an individual can not stop thinking about a flaw in their appearance. Research by Phillip and Dufresne supports, 50 percent of surgeons refuse to assist patients with that disorder, 13 percent do, and 36 percent do it sometimes. Patients with BDD are 63 percent more likely to come back for repeated surgeries. When dealing with a psychological defect, no amount of surgeries can heal that. Instead, a better solution would be to see a …show more content…
Statistics from the Health Research Funding show that cosmetic surgery is not safe at all. They have said 44,000 to 90,000 Americans will die each year due to medical errors. 1 in every 250,000 patients die during surgery. Although it may not seem like a large amount, an individual should not have to take that risk.

Side effects after cosmetic surgery are another health concern that should be recognized. Infection is a high risk after the surgery is over. Other side effects are a drop in blood pressure, blood clotting, excessive bleeding, internal bleeding, and nerve damage. These side effects alone can lead to death. Scarring is a huge side effect. Often people hate the outcome because of the permanent intense scarring.

Reid Ewing once stated from personal experience, “plastic surgery is not always a bad thing. It often helps people who actually need it for serious cases, but it 's a horrible hobby, and it will eat away at you until you have lost all self-esteem and joy. I wish I could go back and undo all the surgeries”. This goes to show that non-reconstructive surgery should be avoided. No one should have an option to make cosmetic surgery a hobby. Not everyone who undergoes surgery will feel the same as Reid Ewing. Though that is true, research by the medical accident group have shown that 65 percent of respondents said that they “regret having cosmetic

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