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Cosmetic surgery is a mere vanity. Discuss

Cosmetic surgery is a unique discipline of medicine focused on enhancing people’s appearances through surgical and medical techniques. Even though, cosmetic surgery to some extent makes people feel better about themselves, it also makes people strive for physical perfection. Moreover, Cosmetic surgeries are not always reliable and people going through it have high risk of having different disorders.

Cosmetic surgery is increasing the aspiration to reach the highest possible level of physical perfection. By referring outer appearance as yard stick to measure beauty it is misleading many teenagers and adults. In addition, cosmetic surgeries push people to believe that if they do not look in a certain way, they are not attractive. People save and save, sacrificing their ordinary day lives just to have so called “perfect body”. In South Korea plastic surgery has been an obsession and people are saving their fortune to get bigger eyes, higher noses and slimmer chins. Moreover, cosmetic surgery, in many cases represents how unhappy you are with your appearance.

Cosmetic surgeries may not always give you the look you desire. In other words, they might not always be as fantastic as they seem to be. In many cases, cosmetic surgeries have failed to deliver the desired appearance. Italian socialite, who was once known for her gorgeous looks, can be an epitome of this. She, due to her extreme addiction for lip injects and Botox has made herself look like a cartoon character of her former self. Another example of this can be Daryal Hannah of the movie “splash” who is now hardly recognizable after getting a failed eye lift, brow lift, check implants and Botox.

There is high risk of various diseases and disorders while undergoing cosmetic surgery. Temporary numbness or loss of feeling at the site of incision is common in face-lifts and tummy tucks; so is numbness after breast surgery. Cosmetic surgeries also bring about more serious problems like seroma, collection of watery fluids. Not only that, necrosis, tissue death from surgical manipulation, is inevitable after any procedure and the risk highly increases if the patient is a smoker. Furthermore, Hematoma, a collection of blood is one of the major problems men go through after cosmetic surgery. On top of all, Toxic levels of anesthetics have been known to cause respiratory failure in few patients. In others, high levels of topical lidocaine have led to death. Plus, mental disorders are quite common among people who go through plastic surgeries.

Nevertheless, many people do seek cosmetic surgery to feel better about themselves, and many cosmetic surgery procedures correct problems that could otherwise result self-esteem issues for a lifetime. Cosmetic surgery could be of great help to people to correct the damages made by accidents. Similarly, it could also be helpful to people who are very consumed with their appearance. Few mental illnesses caused solely due to body’s appearance like body dismorphia could be cured via cosmetic surgery.

To sum up, Cosmetic surgery is surgery to change one’s physical appearance. Though it might make people feel more confident about themselves, it carries high risks. Cosmetic surgery, overrates outer appearance and in many cases fails to give expected results. Expect for a few circumstances, it is undoubtedly a mere vanity.

Author: Pratiksha Baral
Former A Level student from Trinity Int'l College, the author is currently an engineering student aiming to become a programmer, writer and fluent public speaker.


  1. i disagree how the writer merely presents his support for the popular belief that the cosmetic surgeries are for the rich, mentally-ill, self obsessed or low self-esteemed folks of the society.

    every surgical procedure or every drug one takes has it's own side effects. But that doesn't meant they are evil.

    To use or not use any existing knowledge or technology is a personal choice and judging those who undergo cosmetic surgeries is a matter of prejudice. If one feels the need to undergo the knife, so be it. "Insecurity" may be a problem not "cosmetic surgery".

  2. your points are correct but still it has more advantages..

    1. Can you please list some of them???

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