Friday, December 15

Cosmetic Surgery – Necessity or Vanity?

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   The range of procedures available to meet the demand for the beautiful body is comprehensive, including both breast reduction and augmentation, facelifts, the eleimination of wrinkles, ,,bat ear” correction and hair transplants to reverse baldness.

     One of the most common procedures reshapes the nose. Advertising leaflets claim that the nose is the key to a beautiful face; it is central to the way one feels about one’s appearance. They say that this procedure is a must to create ”a new confident you”. Suction lipectomy is another intrusion in one’s own body for which there is considearble demand. This painful technique, otherwise known as fat vacuum, involves removing fat from the abdomen, bottom and/or thigs, sucking it off with a thin tube attached to a vacuum cleaner type advice. It does away with bulges, which are virtually impossible to eliminate through diet and exercise. However, this technique is a means of body contouring, not of weight reduction. The success of the operation depnds on how elastic and resilient the patient’s skin is. Recuperation lasts a week and medication is prescribed to minimize discomfort.

      Achieving physical perfection, taht is, making essentially normal people look better merely for aesthetic purposes, may seem unethical. It could be argued that the money spent on such procedures, not to mention the surgeon’s time and effort’s, might be put to a better use. But for women, who make up almost all of the clinic’s clientele, the motivation behind the quest for a new look and improved self-image is largely psychological. If some feature is discomforting enough to affect one’s mental well-being, the operation can be regarded as part of a psychiatric therapy. Still, unless real deformities justify surgery, if remains a matter of human vanity.  


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