Monday, October 22, 2007

Everyone remembers watching Tara Reid stroll down the red carpet for Puff Daddy’s 35th birthday celebration. After all, how can anyone forget her smile as the paparazzi proceeded to go crazy as her jacket caused the strap of her dress to fall off and reveal her scarred and horribly constructed breast from a fateful round of plastic surgery. This is just one of many Hollywood horror stories resulting from plastic surgery gone badly. In 2006 there were 11.5 million surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures that were performed in the United States, resulting in over 12.2 billion dollars spent. Breast Augmentation is the most popular cosmetic surgery performed on women. Plastic surgery has developed into an idea for women to get rid of their physical flaws, but ending in terrible nightmares that leave lasting physical and emotional effects.
For my research paper I have chosen to discuss plastic surgery and how it has developed into a startling phenomenon and common practice for women and even men all over the country. Most people don’t do enough research or talking with their doctors before deciding to continue with plastic surgery procedures. Plastic surgery not only results in horrible pain and strenuous weeks of recovery, but also terrible scarring that will forever be a reminder of the procedure.
Women and men of all ages go through periods in their life of low self esteem and body image. Working through these issues in a healthy way is not the only acceptable way now. Completely changing your body through painful procedures is now a common practice that is almost acceptable to most people in this country. It is a definite inconvenient truth that we are choosing surgical procedures in order to be satisfied with ourselves and our bodies. Girls as young as 14 are deciding to get nose jobs and other forms of plastic surgery just to feel better about themselves. Parents, teachers, friends, and family are looking the other way and forgetting not only the consequences of major surgery but also the emotional aspect it leaves behind. Plastic surgery does not solve poor body image and its time we face this inconvenient truth and solve low self esteem without going under the knife.
I want to explore many different areas and questions in my paper regarding plastic surgery. Why do women and men all over the country look to surgery in order to feel better about themselves? Also, what happens when the plastic surgery doesn’t deliver the exact results they are looking for-Did their doctor tell them everything? I look forward to researching this and uncovering what really happens when people go into and walk out of the operating room.


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