Psychological and social reasons that women decide to undergo plastic surgery

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Laura Exarhou

Professor Ioannis Pafilas


5 December 2013

Research Paper Final Draft

Why do women decide to change their bodies? Which are the psychological and social aspects that influence their decision and how their perception of their own body changes after the surgery? Nowadays the procedures of cosmetic plastic surgeries have increased because from a young age women are bombarded with images of beautiful women who society admires for their external appearance. Women feel pressure to look a certain way, to be considered beautiful and as a result, they decide to undergo plastic surgeries in order to feel attractive and increase their self-esteem. There are many psychological and social reasons that may influence women and accordingly have created some certain beauty standards that women follow. Is it right that women should only feel happy when they look attractive? To feel attractive is an important part of self-esteem but beautiful women and ideal bodies are presented to us from magazines, television and advertisements that influence women.

Media influence the viewpoint of people, plays an important causal role in the development of negative body image and also rejects whatever does not meet the social standards. Even though female cosmetic plastic surgery may seem of concern to only a small group of people, it should in fact concern anyone who cares about increasing their self-esteem and body image. Specifically, cosmetic plastic surgery allows us to feel more comfortable in our own skin. Although the supporters of the feministic point of view believe that the natural body is better than the plastic, I argue that cosmetic plastic surgery increases women's self-esteem and confidence because they see their body as a project to be worked on.

At this point I would like to raise some objections that have been inspired by the skeptic in...