Essay about The Perception Of Plastic Surgery

1252 Words Nov 15th, 2016 6 Pages
To get everyone’s attention, I would like to show everyone what I will be talking about today.

This is what rhinoplasty looks like.

If that does not get you to pay attention to my speech, then I don’t know what will. What I do know is that the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery states that there were over 11 million surgical and nonsurgical aesthetic procedures performed in the United States, alone, in 2013.

I would now like everyone to answer this question to themselves: What were your first thoughts when I flashed the image on the screen? I know at least a few people in this room probably thought negatively about the procedure because whenever I was discussing my persuasive topic, I happened to overhear a few of you mock me for talking about nose jobs—and that’s exactly my motivator to discuss them and other aesthetic procedures with you all today.

A study was conducted by the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery in 2015 stating that the public’s perception of plastic surgery is influenced by the media to not reflect the wide range of the field. In this study, people were asked to identify a plastic surgeon with a type of specialty: on average, over 60% identified a plastic surgeon with abdominoplasty, breast augmentation, facelifts, or liposcution. Only 43% of those people identified plastic surgeons’ specialties with burns surgeries and only 4.7% with tendon repairs.

My goal here today is to open everyone’s minds into understanding…

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