The Dangers of Plastic Surgery

Medicine is a field that is still growing rapidly. Technology has augmented this field as much as many others. Today we have advances in medicine that would have been considered science fiction 50 years ago. Even though we still do not have a cure for cancer we can now change our appearance drastically thanks to medicine.

Do not get me wrong, I am not here to demonize plastic surgery or medicine, I am just going to rant about how I think our society is really taking a step in the wrong direction.

I don’t watch much TV anymore. Since I started using TiVo, I select the shows that I want to watch and when I get a chance I catch up on TV. It is somewhat alarming the amount of TV now dedicated to Plastic Surgery. Just from what I have heard in the commercials I watch we have Doctor 90210, Nip and Tuck, Extreme Makeover… and I am sure that the list goes on.

I am all for people wanting to look their best, but there has to be a line that is drawn. Where does self-improvement end and self-mutilation begin? We have plenty of extreme cases to illustrate, like Michael Jackson and The Tigress. People that have gone so far with their plastic surgery that they do not even look human anymore. Now, I do respect the people that do it because it is their goal to not look human anymore, like lizard man and some other extreme body modification enthusiasts.

I am talking about the people that want to look younger, or thinner or sexier. I am talking about your regular people out there, that I feel, are being pressured by society to feel uncomfortable in their own skin. It saddens me to see that people go to such lengths just to have others see them as “beautiful”.

I know some people would think I am full of it when I say that beauty comes from within, but I truly believe it does. I think that people that are beautiful on the inside will radiate a lot more beauty than people that just have it in the outside.

I remember an episode of a reality-based show on MTV where an amateur body builder wanted to get calf implants. This is a case where I believe even one surgery is too much. Are we that shallow that we have to look perfect in this world down to every single muscle to really be appreciated or made to feel complete and beautiful?

If that is true, then it is a shame that we live in a society so focused on physical appearance. I am not against looking good; I am even trying to lose weight myself. If I had the means I would even consider liposuction to see that six pack that I know is hiding under that belly of mine. So maybe even I have fallen prey to society’s way of thinking.

Now that I have rambled on quite a bit I come to my point and it is the danger involved with plastic surgery. I am not sure if most people that are using this method to better their appearance are misinformed or just choose to ignore the risks associated with it. It is not a safe practice to go under the knife, and some of these procedures are a lot riskier than they may seem at first. Someone related to a coworker passed away in the middle of gastric bypass surgery. The person needed the procedure for several medical reasons, but nonetheless they did not survive the operation. Watching the doctor Phil show I saw a woman that wanted to get butt implants. This procedure put her at risk because of a pre-existing medical condition. Even worse than that, the operation was risky because of how close to the sciatic nerve they would have to get. If damaged you can become paralyzed.

I just want to say to people, please be careful. If you are set on getting plastic surgery or any kind of intrusive procedure, please research. The Internet has a wealth of information that can be easily tapped. Also make sure that you are going to a Board Certified Physician or someone that can be trusted. I am not saying that a certification buys peace of mind, but at least it is a start. Look at the risks involved, and think of the health factor first. What is the point of looking good if you cannot walk anymore?

I wanted to close the post with links to websites that explained the risks, but all I could find was extremes. The surgeons say its no big deal, the people that have had bad experiences say is the worse thing is life. I guess I leave the surfing as your homework.

11 Responses to The Dangers of Plastic Surgery

  1. Sounds to me that love is only a light switch away…..

  2. I have had plastic surgery – a breast reduction – due to back trouble – it was very scary to read all of the extreme things that could go wrong, that did go wrong for some. I agree that it is something at even when needed for medical reasons needs to be taken very seriously. Shows such as Extreme Makeover that show 4,5,6 procedures being done in a short amount of time leave me wondering. There is no way these women fully recover in 3 months. I bet a lot of makeup is hiding a lot of bruising. I would love to see a show that follows upon these women a year later to see how they faired in the long term.

  3. That is so true John, there are tons of people who go to extremes to improve their bodies. It’s all a psychological issue though, much like anorexia I think. Ooo, I looooove Dr. Phil (most of the time, heh)

  4. oh it makes me so sad that media and society cram these unrealistic beauty models down everyones throats, and even more sad that they get internalised by so many women and so strongly that they’d risk permament disfiguration just to change how they look in the belief that it will make them feel better about themselves and make all their problems go away. (It comes from inside people, trust me)

    I hate that Extreme Makeover show. (However that ‘what not to wear’ show is a whole other story because it helps people to look better and thus feel better in the shape they have without such drastic procedures.)

    I think everyone should do their best to help other people in their lives feel good in their own skin regardless. It’s a small thing, but it never hurts to boost someone’s self esteem. Good post Logtar.

  5. hey…ermmm liek i think what you say is extremely true, in fact i’m like doing a project on plastic surgery and well come to think of it my group has already like decided that plastic surgery is more benificial than bad so yah … but when i read ur blog and others(similar to hat of urs) irealise that there are a lot of people who simply are disgusted by people who go for surgeries which are not neccessary and so it gets you thinking whether the world has changed so much its not even human any more so yeah we’re rethinking our proposal and conclusion because of what you have said

    thanks alot for helping us yeah?

  6. There is no way these women fully recover in 3 months. I bet a lot of makeup is hiding a lot of bruising.

  7. i just recently had a tummy tuck ,,and there are tons of risks involved !!! they gave me a sheet of what could happen if i didnt do what the doctor told me ,for example,im a smoker ,very NASTY risks,including skin deteroration !!!!scarey huh ?!?! i followed all the doctors orders ,, i quit smoking for a month before and after my surgery ,,wasnt easy considering that my husband is a smoker also,but my result was WONDERFUL!,ive had 3 children which ruined my body i tried loosing weight but it did nothing for my lower stomach ,so i researched a tummy tuck for 2 years before i actually did it , and i have to say ,, i followed the docs orders and it was all worth it !

  8. omg what is this world comming to? Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, so on and so on………………………………………………………………………………………………..I just can’t go out and not see people with fresh faces… its just gross.. i did a report on it for my journalisim class and and it was just fonomoal on how many people were thinking about getting plastic or cosmetic surgery.. this one beautiful girl said she wanted breast implants and i was like honey don’t you dare u are so beautiful

  9. My reason for wanting plastic surgery is not to look younger or appear perfect to society. I am an overweight 51 year old black female who has developed diabetes and high blood pressure. I begin picking up weight 15 years ago when I stopped smoking. I’ve tried everything from exercising at home, to joining a fitness facility along with diet change but the fat thats collected in some areas ( especially my lower stomach ) will simpley not go away. I am at the prime of my life and I feel so terriblely old. I love to work and would so much love to be active again. My weight has reached 312 lbs and though I’m 5ft. 8 inches tall, it really affects my health. I guess the reason for me sharing all this with you is so people will know, not everybody is in it for vanity. Some of us just want to feel our age, or be able to do things that are normal like clean out the bath tub without getting out of breath. I am in the process of researching finance options and the creditability of plastic surgeons in my area. I also am researching the dangers of plastic surgery and that is what lead me to your website. I would so much appreciate any information you are willing to share about anything I have written in this reply and please wish me luck.

    Respectfully,

    Renee

  10. wow it’s shocking that most of the people who left a comment were woman.
    Anyways good article.

  11. I am so glad to hear a few really good stories within the replies. I’m not saying that some people do nor abuse the many cosmetic surgeries that are available, but there are people out there who can benefit greatly from many of the different cosmetic procedures. I think how awesome it is that we have the options that we do today.

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