Essay Plastic And Cosmetic Surgery Risks Vs. Rewards

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Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Risks vs. Rewards
The definition of beauty is different for each individual. Each person’s definition of beauty is shaped by that person’s surroundings and culture and can even change throughout their life. Despite the billions of different ideas surrounding what a beautiful person is, everyone wants to make themselves into their definition of beauty. Throughout the course of history, many different cultures have resorted to numerous methods of beauty enhancement. Some of these modifications included tooth blackening, tattooing, lip plates, scarring, razor sharp teeth, lengthened necks, and binding of women’s feet to make them smaller (Lusted 9-10). These methods have evolved to become plastic, also known as cosmetic, surgery.
Advances in the plastic surgery world were heavily affected by the World War I. This war took place between 1914 and 1918 and war doctors made tremendous progress in this field. The deep and uneven wounds that these surgeons and doctors were treating forced them to adapt their techniques to repair the damage. These surgeries took place during a time that doctors did not have a strong understanding of sterilization and the use of disinfectants resulting in a lot of infection. They also lacked anesthetics and pain medication, making surgery extremely painful. With more and more practice, the doctors in the war hospitals were able to revolutionize surgery. The processes used to repair war injuries aided in the process of…

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