Plastic surgery is something that continues to become more and more common in today’s society. A couple of decades ago, plastic surgeries were performed mainly only when they were needed, unlike today where people could choose to get a surgery if they find a minor imperfection on their body. With today’s technological and medical advancements, I am not surprised that so many people would feel safe and encouraged to have plastic surgeries. The number of people of choose to go after plastic surgeries is escalating at a scary rate, but the most shocking thing about it is that the majority want the surgery, not because they need it, but because they want to modify their bodies in order to look better. It has pretty much gotten to the point where if you can afford it, you can do anything you want to your body. During my last year in high school, I became good friends with a guy who comes from a really wealthy family. He was well known in school, he had no troubles making friends or talking to the opposite sex, and I honestly didn’t think he had any imperfections to the point where he needed modify his figure. Right before college, he told me that he had spent over eight thousand dollars on a nose job. I was really surprised about it because I would had never expected him under medical procedures just for vanity, and the saddest part is that I no one really noticed his new nose unless he pointed it out (it was a really minor improvement). When I asked him why he did it, he simply said that it was a gift from his parents for college and since his parents have plenty of money, he didn’t see why he would oppose to it.
In class, several people mentioned how plastic surgeons nowaday would try to convince you to get a surgery to improve your looks. Whether he tells you that is necessary (even though it might not be really needed) or he makes you feel insecure about your body, they want as many people to go under as many surgeries as they can so they can make more money. From the discussions, readings, and videos I’ve noticed that they often target teenagers since we are very gullible and can easily get persuaded into it. It is not only surgeons the ones that try to get people to get surgeries. Some parents (mainly the ones obsessed with beauty and whatnot) might heavily influence their kids into. The media also tends to lead people that plastic surgeries are the best options to feel beautiful. We talked about the shows The Swam, and even saw some highlights from some episodes, where they get some girls who don’t feel really happy about their bodies and get them to get plastic surgeries all over their body. They train them to think that plastic surgeries are the way to go, regardless of the pain and any other disconformities that come with it. I wouldn’t really mind much what some individual decide to do with their bodies, but this show can be targeted at young children and insured teens, who might think following the footsteps of the participants is the best thing to do. I don’t want the next generation to think that in order to feel beautiful and comfortable with their bodies they must improve them with as many surgical procedures as possible.