Plastic Surgery Essay

1717 Words Oct 24th, 2006 7 Pages
Plastic Surgery: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

More than ever, millions of young adolescents are seeking out plastic surgery because the influence of the media. Teenagers are finding more imperfections with their body and are less and less satisfied with their appearance. President Scott Spear, MD, chief of plastic surgery says, "There's a common belief among the public that a large percentage of young adults and teens are having cosmetic surgery" (Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week). Despite the low percentage, young adults are considering getting face-lifts, breast implants, nose jobs, and liposuction. Advancements in technology have made it possible to receive these kinds of cosmetic procedures. Studies have shown that the
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Kristy Garza says, "I wanted to look more like a woman. Now I turn heads. It feels so good" (Shute 52). "Kristy endured nine hours of surgery that included a nose job, brow-lift, mid-face-lift, breast augmentation, and liposuction" (Shute 52). Throughout the procedure, the women were not allowed to look at any mirrors until they were turned into a swan. At the end of each episode, the women were finally allowed to look at themselves and be reunited with their family. However, it did not stop there, the women must now compete in a beauty pageant and one winner will be crowned Mrs. Swan.
Obviously, shows such as The Swan and I Want a Famous Face aim for high ratings, however, the media is teaching young adults that changing their physical appearance is acceptable and it is more important to be happy with your looks. Basically, if an individual does not look like the next Tyra Banks, it is acceptable to spend hundreds of dollars to look like a swan. Most of the participants on The Swan feel as if by going through cosmetic surgery it will make them feel better about themselves.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, "more than eight million people underwent cosmetic surgery in 2003, up thirty three percent from the year before" (Shute 52). Cosmetic surgery is available to just about anyone that is willing to be in debt and has some free time for recovery. For instance, Phyllis

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