Is Cosmetic Surgery Bad?
Despite what your mamma told you, it’s also what’s outside that counts.
Looking your best helps you to feel your best. It also helps you to make the most of your opportunities both socially and at work. Diet, exercise, and ‘choosing the right parents’ are important contributors to achieving good health and appearance, and many people also include cosmetic surgery in their formula for success.
The increasing popularity of cosmetic surgery has predictably provoked some negativity, and it’s worth reflecting on the justification of this criticism. Does cosmetic surgery ‘raise the bar’, so that average-looking people lose out to those artificially enhanced by surgery? Yes, but why should naturally-attractive people enjoy an unfair advantage over the rest of us? If we can accept enhancing test scores with tutors and athletic performance with coaches, we should accept cosmetic enhancement with surgery. Studies have also shown that most cosmetic surgery is performed for people trying to look average, not exceptional.
Is cosmetic surgery too expensive? At the price tag of a nice vacation, cost is a consideration. But instead of viewing cosmetic surgery as an expense, understand your appearance as an asset, and cosmetic procedures are intended to increase the value of that asset. Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that whether in a job interview, a singles bar or a court room, others will make decisions about you based on your appearance.
Perhaps it is the perceived risks of cosmetic surgery that cause you concern. Although deaths have occurred, the risk is extraordinarily low, at less than 1 in 50,000 cosmetic procedures (your annual risk of dying in a traffic accident is about 1 in 7,000). The concern that you will be unhappy with the cosmetic results of your surgery is valid, but in expert hands, bad results are very uncommon. For every bad facelift you see at a cocktail party, there are countless examples of subtle, balanced, beautiful results from cosmetic surgery that quietly enhance the lives of people all around us.
Cosmetic surgery isn’t right or wrong. A thorough consultation with an expert surgeon will help you decide if it has a place in your life.
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