The Face of A Generation
I’ve been recently thinking about people’s motives for receiving plastic surgery. While it is true that many people seek the assistance of plastic surgeons for serious physical deformity, whether for burn repair or breast reconstruction after cancer, it seems like the vast majority of people seek out plastic surgeons for more superficial needs. Wiping away wrinkles and creases, smoothing down fat or taking it away all together, most people go in for non-invasive treatment to boost their self esteem and make them appear younger. It’s purely superficial and entirely for appearance sake, but there’s nothing inherently wrong with it. If a few dermal fillers is all it takes to make people more confident about themselves, then by all means they should go for it. It simply concerns me that this fairly recent trend of commercial plastic surgery, within the last two decades or so, is taking away from what people should be focused on to improve themselves.
Now I am a firm believer that a person has the right to do whatever they want with their body, so long as it does not harm or intentionally insult others. However, I do feel that in many cases plastic surgery is more of a short cut that lets people bypass better life choices in favor of looking good with less effort. People who are morbidly obese and receive liposuction and fat removal completely disregard the needs of their body in favor of improving it’s appearance, which does nothing to improve the state of their internal organs. Besides allowing people to mask their bodies’ problems, most non-invasive plastic surgery requires the injection of toxins and synthetic fat/carbohydrate combinations to fill out lines and wrinkles. The most common type of botox used by plastic surgeons around the country (Botulinum A Toxin) is not approved by the FDA for the removal of wrinkles and lines. Now, while the FDA is far from perfect, and my feelings for it are best saved for a different rant, its purpose is to care for the health and well being of the general populace. This entire organization can be bypassed by simply signing a consent form and the appropriate notices that come with it. It’s almost funny that an entire organization can be rendered useless by a single sheet of paper. I suppose my question is , is there a point where people should be denied plastic surgery for their well-being or should they simply be held accountable for their actions, by their own bodies?