Is plastic surgery the key to beauty?
Is changing your appearance positive?
The ability to change our physical appearance gives us a powerful sense of control over our own bodies and our lives. Modern science makes it possible for us to decide how we want to look and — to some degree — change ourselves to look the way that we want to look and to express our inner self. But does cosmetic surgery really make us beautiful?
The motivation behind the quest for a new look and improved self-image is largely psychological. If a body or facial feature is discomforting enough to affect one’s mental well-being, the operation can be regarded as part of a psychiatric therapy. Some psychologists are worried about the psychological impact on those who undergo drastic cosmetic surgery- and also on those who don’t.
Have you ever considered having a breast enlargement, Botox, a tummy tuck, liposuction or even a chemical peel to increase your attractiveness? Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Since the age of thirteen, I’ve wanted Rhinoplasty. It’s one of the most common cosmetic proceduresand can be used to decrease or increase the size of the nose, refine or curve the bridge, and reshape the tip of the nose or the nostrils. It may also be used to correct certain injuries, birth defects and breathing problems.
I’ve been self-conscious about my nose for almost ten years. I would have had the surgery if I had the money, but it was only until this year that I was able to visit a private surgeon to answer my questions. I was lucky that my surgeon was realistic, and advised me to re-think my cosmetic procedure. After much thought, I decided against the surgery for the foreseeable future. £5,000 to change the appearance of my face and one overnight stay thrown in.
Plastic surgeons can only do so much, and most of their procedures are not permanent. Not all changes are improvements. You will still be the same person that you have always been and will still look mostly the same, and some insecuritieswill remain about your body even after you have had a flaw removed. The baseline is, be realistic.
Cosmetic surgeons all over the world say that ‘Facial harmony’ and ‘balance’ of facial features is true beauty. But to what lengths and sacrifices do we have to take before saying ‘enough is enough’? Have you ever found a man or woman attractive because of their imperfections?
Do you have a loved one, or a friend, that you know is insecure and you can never understand why they say awful things about themselves?
My point is, beautiful to someone else or not, you are. You are beautiful. If you want cosmetic surgery to raise your self-esteem, I say go for it. But not at the expense of your mental health. Don’t do it for someone else, do it for you. But, you don’t need it. As I’ve said before, don’t ever feel like you have to justify yourself.