Cosmetic Surgery Hannah Eberly

  • The Beginning

Cosmetic surgery is something mainly women take advantage of when they feel as though there is something wrong with their appearance, or they just want to improve it. In 1916, Walter Yeo had horrible facial damage, and lost his upper and lower eyelids while while manning the guns aboard the HMS War-spite during the Battle of Jutland. He was the first person to ever get cosmetic surgery done, and it was for a understanding reason. Cosmetic surgery started off as a relief for people who have been in horrible accidents, but since then, the use has been escalating. Why do women/girls think its a bad thing to have different sized body parts than others? Why do we compare ourselves to others in the first place? There are many many ups and downs to cosmetic surgery, but I believe it makes a lot more sense for cosmetic surgery to be used only when the person absolutely needs it, like how it came to be in the first place.

“Be Careful What You Wish For,” - Anne Wallis

Over the years of cosmetic surgery's existence, there has been more and more dangers found with the process. Many people don't research what they are getting done, and don’t know their surgeons enough to trust they will do it the way they want it to be done. They are surprised when they see the consequences that come with the outcome of the procedure. Anne Wallis , chief of the plastic surgery at University of California, San Diego Health System, said “Any time you tamper with the body’s balance, you risk creating new problem areas.” She explains in a new article that women do not take the surgery seriously enough and treat it as if they are “going out to lunch”. Marilyn Leisz, thought she was getting a simple eye surgery to lift the bags under her eyes, and 30 years later she was not even able to blink. Another example would be Penny Johnson. A young lady who underwent a ¨botched face-lift,¨ had severe nerve damage. Soon after she lost her business and became a recluse. Clearly these women did not research what they were getting done and had no clue what it could do to them. It is important to know more about the procedure and the person doing it before getting it done. Most of the time in these cases the doctor does not even have a license to do it. If they mess up you cannot do anything about it because once you change the way you look, you cannot go back because it’s gone forever.


You have probably heard a lot about addiction to drugs, or alcohol usage, but cosmetic surgery can be almost just as addictive. Once people get one surgery they see the dramatic change. If they are happy with it, they commonly start to judge everything else on their body, to spot out anything that might not be “perfect.” Cindy Jackson spent more than $100,000 on facelifts, nose jobs, and lip injections. She won the world record for most cosmetic surgeries. She said she would stop after one, but she explained that she couldn’t because she got obsessed with making herself look better. This is just one example, but studies have shown that people with body dysmorphic disorder, or BDD, can cause an addiction to cosmetic surgeries. People with this disease see imperfections as something “abnormal,” or embarrassing, causing them to do anything or pay anything to have it fixed. Once they fix one thing they don’t like about themselves, they continue until they like the way they look. This comes with many risks as well and can be very dangerous.

This is Cindy Jackson, and the timeline of her surgeries she has gotten done.

Cosmetic surgeries are not easy. Depending on what is done, it can be very complicated which makes it easy to turn out the wrong way. For example, the person's skin could be pulled too tight on their face, overfilled with fillers and bot ox, etc. This can make your appearance look somewhat scary, and definitely not what you asked for. Again, you cannot get it back once you've done it because it's gone forever. This could lead to being insecure, which could cause depression. This is very dangerous and worries many people because it can easily lead to suicide. Facts say two-thirds of all suicides are from depression.


Lastly, back to the question “Why do we think it’s a bad thing to have different sized body parts compared to others? “ As well as, “Why do we compare ourselves to others in the first place?” Women are almost always the hardest person on themselves. The reason they feel insecure is because of something “wrong with them,” or something they simply just don't like about themselves. This begins when young kids see celebrities on TV or online who are getting these surgeries done, which somewhat inspires them. It makes them think looks are the most important. Seeing their role models doing this convinces them looks are the most important when really a person's character is. People begin to feel as though they need to be attractive or “perfect,” to be attracted to. Which is not a good thing to learn at a young age, because they will most likely not be able to un-think it.


Some people may argue that it is a good recourse to have when they feel insecure. But if we stop the use of cosmetic surgery, people will begin to embrace their inner and true beauty and be themselves. Everyone is born with a unique facial structure, etc. If everyone begins to get these surgeries done, a lot of people will begin to look the same which is not a good thing. Looks are not as important as a person's’ character, and stopping getting these surgeries done will help spread the word.

  • Big Problem

In conclusion, cosmetic surgery is a bigger problem than people understand it as. It is stressing more people and making them feel insecure. This can add up to more severe problems. It is important for women to know their worth, and feel as though they fit in being themselves. Let’s spread the word in help banning cosmetic surgery for unnecessary reasons.


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