Cosmetic Surgery: Only Superficial

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There is a surprising amount of significance in the well known cliché we all want what we don't have. Whether this "want" is centered on obtaining material goods, or simply the desire to obtain what our neighbors have, the constant quest for quenching this thirst has kept technological advancements on the rise. Moreover, the rapid progress that technology has exhibited in the efforts to accommodate individuals with the desire to modify, add, and enhance physical features, is exemplary. With the threat of the physical changes that accompany age, as well as the inevitable insecurities that individuals experience regarding their bodies because of the comparison to their peers or ever medial figures, cosmetic surgery has become the attractive alternative to their unhappiness. Gregory McGhee, MD stated "People come in and often want me to change their entire body. They tell me their lives will be better if they only looked beautiful.

They think cosmetic surgery is the cure to all of their problems." Cosmetic surgery procedures are dangerous because they perpetuate immediate gratification, entail many psychological damages, as well as cause physical problems.

Although the use of cosmetic plastic surgery has recently taken a rise in the last fifty years, the reconstructive use of this medical procedure was highly utilized throughout history. Many individuals believe that cosmetic surgery is beneficial for this reason. During the combat of World War I and World War II, many individuals lay victim to physical damages as well as loss of appendages. "In the effort to assimilate these war heroes back into society after their duty in the wars were over, attempts to repair their injuries was important" (Gilman 24). Perhaps the most relevant use of plastic surgery was that aimed towards facial and bodily reconstruction of war veterans; however, since then society's priorities have changed.