Is the Western World's Quest for Perfection Getting out of Hand?
Are we becoming too obsessed with having a perfect exterior? Will cosmetic surgery satisfy your need?
Over the years we have become used to seeing television personalities and celebrities who have undergone cosmetic surgery.
Noses shortened, breasts enlarged, buttocks tightened and in some case faces lifted.
Sometimes the results are quite pleasing on the eye whilst other times they are hideous.
Of course no-one can hold back time forever and so sooner or later your age catches up with you.
Sure people can have more surgery but this may have dire consequences and in some cases it has.
Faces can be left so tight that expressions and movement become impossible and breasts so young and taut that they look ludicrous on an older body.
The 21st Century has seen an increase in the cosmetic surgery and procedures available
It has also seen more ordinary folk wanting to undergo such attempts at either holding back time or improving what nature gave them.
This has resulted in some people saving their hard earned cash for an eyebrow lift or liposuction instead of a weekend break.
However it is debatable whether or not such surgery will satisfy a person's need or leave them wanting more.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Cosmetic SurgeryClick thumbnail to view full-size
Is Cosmetic Surgery right for you?
In certain cases cosmetic surgery is appropriate and achieves what the person wants but the trouble is that too many people never know when to stop.
Consider celebrities such as Cher or the late Michael Jackson
Both were so very beautiful in their day but, even before age kicked in, they seemed to want to change their appearances.
Many of us would have given our right arms, to have had what they were born with but it was not enough for them.
Before you go down the road of Cosmetic Surgery consider:-
- Just what you are hoping to achieve?
- Can you afford it?
- Remember the cost may grow
- Will these changes satisfy your need or solve your problem?
- Have you researched the cosmetic surgery provider fully?
- Is it really necessary?
I think the penultimate point is very important.
There are all too many witch doctors around these days eager to take your money.
You are trusting the surgeon with your appearance and your life. Do not do so lightly.
Surgery can be traumatic, even when it is essential for your health and well-being. To undergo such surgery, for what may only be vanity, may not be easy for you.
You will still experience the same amount pain and procedure risks as you would with say an appendectomy.
- If you decide that this surgery is for you make sure also that you are prepared physically and mentally for it
- Ensure you consult your loved ones and keep them informed. Keeping your cosmetic surgery a secret could be a shock for a partner who is not prepared to see any change in you
- Follow all the instructions for the pre-op period as well as post-op to ensure that you stay infection free and well
THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU TAKE THE PLUNGE
Many people end up becoming hooked on cosmetic surgery.
That next little tweak to your face and nip to your neck could end up an ongoing process that you cannot stop.
This is why you must give the matter a great deal of thought before you make your final decision.
If you are not careful you could end up on a treadmill of cosmetic surgery that costs you a fortune, makes you unhappy and in reality spoils your natural looks.
Western society is becoming more and more obsessed with a person's appearance.
What people forget is that you earn those little wrinkles around your eyes and on your face.
Sure you can halt their progress but growing older is part of life.
If you decide that surgery is for you, go for it but do not let small-minded people or peer pressure push you into changing your appearance unless you are sure that it is for you.
It would be better to enhance what you have and learn to be happy in your skin.
If you can do this successfully your personality and inner self will shine through making you much more attractive than a stiff surgical cosmetic grin could ever do.
Don't get caught up in the whirl of cosmetic surgery just because it is the fashion these days.
In your heart of hearts you know whether it is right for you or not.
Well what about it?
Would you consider having cosmetic surgery?
© 2009 Ethel Smith