The Influence Of Cosmetic Surgery

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Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular and accepted throughout the years, but it is still heavily criticized.While it is still not a ‘norm’ to hear about cosmetic surgeries throughout everyday life, it is becoming a ‘norm’ to see them on TV. There have been many instances where media attempts to show the surgeries as normal things to have done. For example, there are now multiple tv shows that focus on cosmetic surgery and fixing how people look, which include, but are not limited to: Atlanta Plastic, Botched, Doctor 90210, Nip/Tuck, and Extreme Makeover. Even the shows that are not based on the entertainment value of cosmetic surgery still either feature it or make fun of it. The increased media exposure has contributed to the increased …show more content…
One of the factors that influence this pattern is the stereotype that males are dominant and females are seen as weak. Women are seen as self-conscious and having self-esteem problems, while men on the other hand are supposed to not be self-conscious about the way they look. Cosmetic surgery is seen as a perfectly acceptable way for women to change how they look because it fits the role they are expected to play- that is a role that shows them as weak, submissive, and incredibly vain. Many of the surgeon 's view cosmetic surgery as a natural beauty technique for women, but believe it is unnatural for men. The way the male surgeons view cosmetic surgery may be because when operating on males they feel discomfort from seeing another man give up their power and be completely submissive-the reason they feel this way is because it reminds them that their power could be taken from them. Because the majority of cosmetic surgery patients are female it can be considered a submissive act, which is why men who undergo the surgery will often be faced with ridicule and be expected to feel guilty for voluntarily participating in a feminine act. If a man has cosmetic surgery, they are putting the control in someone else 's hands; in others words they are being submissive and therefore weak which are considered feminine …show more content…
People who have friends and family who have undergone cosmetic surgery are going to be familiar with it, and therefore more comfortable and accepting of the concept. If the person does not know anyone who has undergone a surgery they will, understandably, be uncomfortable with the idea; when people are unfamiliar with concepts, prejudices and stereotypes are formed. The stigma around cosmetic surgery exists because so many are unfamiliar with it- they view it as problematic and believe that it cannot look natural, which is because they only see the people who have become addicted to it and the cases that did not turn out as planned. Sadly, because of the stigma around it, many patients choose not to inform anyone about their surgery, which just adds to the negative attitude towards cosmetic surgery. Even as the practice increases in popularity, the recipients still require justification for choosing this path. It is extremely hard for people to believe that someone would have surgery simply so they might be able to feel better about themselves and not to improve how others see

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