Cosmetic surgery has become a fashion statement, rather than a sufficiently premeditated option for correcting some basic deformities either by birth or by accident. It has become a booming, $10.1- billion business each year in the United States, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The crucial question is whether we are sacrificing our health and wealth for unnecessary cosmetic modifications of our body through these delicate and complicated surgeries. Here is some food for thought…
Opinions may differ, but the fact is that cosmetic surgery is here to stay, with millions of not only of the upper class but also of the middle class opting for surgical makeover to enhance their physical appearance. Women, already 91% of cosmetic patients, are electing to make these surgical quick fixes more than ever, according to a study by Forbes. Though many people consider plastic surgery as a relatively new specialty, the origin of plastic surgery In India is about 4,000 years old, dating back to the Indus River Valley Civilisation. Sushruta, one of the earliest surgeons of the recorded history (600 BC), is believed to be the first individual to profess and practise plastic surgery. Sushruta, who lived nearly 150 years before Hippocrates, vividly described the basic principles of plastic surgery in his famous ancient treatise titled Sushruta Samhita.
Greater numbers of young women are now taking it easy to undergo cosmetic surgeries. Cosmetic procedures are up by 4% for women in their 30s, and 30% of all liposuction recipients are ages 19 to 34, reports the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. It is indicative of a new wave of young generation of women being after body perfection, and even normal-weight women are trimming an inch of unwanted fat from their thighs or are going in for bigger breasts through the most popular invasive procedures available in the cosmetic surgery market.
However, psychologists and surgeons fear that many patients do not fully grasp the gravity or potential risks of these operations. Like any surgery, it needs to be taken seriously, a well-known plastic surgeon, on condition of anonymity, told Safety Messenger. Yes, there are a lot of unintended physical, emotional and cultural side effects that may make you think twice about going in for complicated cosmetic surgical procedures to make you look good before others. Any time you tamper with the body’s balance, you risk creating new problem areas, says another expert.
One recent study found that liposuction might slim one problem area while creating another. Women who suction fat from their thighs and lower abdomen ultimately destroy those fat cells. When they eventually put weight back on, it distributes unevenly, often to less flattering areas like the upper abdomen, back and arms, again deforming the body beyond repair. If there is a problem and the patient is not emotionally stable or financially secure, “the results can be disastrous,” says Robin Yuan, a renowned plastic surgeon. A person who is already insecure about an aspect of their appearance may suffer a severe blow to his/her confidence if the surgery goes awry. At the same time, Yuan says that many patients borrow money for the initial surgery. If they need an additional procedure, follow-up costs can devastate their financial lives.
(Read more from the September Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)