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Cosmetic Plastic Surgery- Right or Wrong?
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Posted 2/18/07
I don't think people should do it, but it's really their choice and we should all respect that.

Getting it just destroys who you really are.

Your really hide behind a mask, but you still are the person you were before you got the surgery.
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In general I would agree that it is only OK for burns/accident victims, but there are always examples where this doesn't apply. For example, what about an otherwise slim, shy girl who has a really huge bust, to the extent that her bra straps dig into her shoulders and she can't walk down the street without some stupid man saying something to her. For her psychological health, some people might say a breast reduction is necessary. Lap banding surgery, if it can be considered cosmetic, has saved a lot of lives where people have tried everything else. Also, what is the difference between getting a tattoo or a piercing and plastic surgery. They are both unnatural changes to the body.
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It's been around for centuries (fake bone teeth, wigs with fish hooks to attach a user's skull, bone lengthening sessions, etc), but the true definition of cosmetic surgery was about during 1890s and made a serious advance in 1930s if not earlier. It's not a new thing.

A girl I know had a breast reduction and it's made a fantastic impact on her, confidence wise. A bloke had his ears pinned back and it's done same on him, confidence wise. I'm all for that if it helps a person to feel they can operate in our society. If it didn't work, it's a good idea to take a trip to a shrink's.

Excessive "remodelling", on other hand, is never good for anyone except those who have been born or made disfigured.
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personally i wouldn't want to spend money on that..but if ppl wanna do it and they have the money...why not?? it's not any of my business.
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I didn't really read any of the other previous posts, but I'm okay with it. I mean people are always critizing other people’s appearance, and people who don’t meet up to standards are often looked down upon. I understand the wanting to get plastic surgery and I believe getting it for reasons such as being a burn victim or to better yourself are almost the same, and both have the same goal – to improve your appearance to feel more acceptable or to meet/exceed other people’s expectations of your appearance. Of course some people can say with burn victims and whatnot it’s more justified because they’re only trying to gain back what they lost, but I still feel like it stems from the same idea of trying to improve yourself to be liked more. I mean if society didn’t function in the way it does even if you were a burn victim you wouldn’t care about your appearance after being scarred… and I’m not going to be all “omg blame society” or whatever junk people keep on saying, but that’s just the way it usually works.

Also I see plastic surgery as just a more extreme way of “improving” your appearance. I mean you don’t see people hating on things such as shaving, waxing, makeup, and fitness as they do surgery. I mean all of the things listed are what people do to look better (and fitness… the most beloved of the listed is what I feel is closest to plastic surgery seeing as they both actually change what you are structure wise: fitness with muscle&fat, and surgery mostly with bones)… it’s all in vanity and yet people seem to accept these things as the norm while with surgery it’s “omg they suck.” Plus I also do find it a bit unfair that a person can be criticized, laughed upon, and all of that jazz for not being pretty but when going to the extremes to make themselves pretty they’ll be criticized for doing such. I think people just don’t like the idea of plastic surgery because it seems too extreme for someone to do for something like looking better, and they feel like it’s a disgrace or something because I mean you don’t see people complaining when it’s for health reasons.

Either way again I’m okay with it. I see plastic surgery, as just another thing people can do to achieve what they feel is perfection. I don’t see why so many people get so annoyed or disgusted when they hear people feel happier or have a better life after plastic surgery I mean come on really… let’s be realistic everyone always says “love your body” and “have more self esteem” but stuff like that is harder to achieve then most people make it out to be. I think that if people have the money, do it in a safe way, and are really so miserable without it then why not. It’s just the same idea that if you’re given something you don’t like and feel can be improved don’t you try to improve it? I keep on hearing people say that it creates something fake… an illusion or something to hide behind, but I don’t think it’s that at all. Creating something to hide behind would be like putting on tons of makeup or fancy clothes, getting surgery is more like changing completely what you are and frankly I feel like it’s better then makeup&clothes. That’s sort of why I like the idea of plastic surgery… it makes people feel comfortable in their skin verses feeling comfortable inside an illusion of makeup, clothes, and photoshop. People like pretty things. Whether it’s wrong or right is completely dependent on the viewer, situation, and representative… and I’ll shut up now because I’m rambling and I get the feeling this reply is already too long.

ps - I also just wanted to mention I also feel that plastic surgery isn't about loving who you are as much as loving what you are, and that's much harder and even though I've met many who's loved who they are I don't think I've ever met any human who's loved completely what they are.
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s_j_b wrote:

This came up as an off-topic discussion in another thread recently and I would like to hear peoples opinions in more detail.

In short here is my initial opinion:
Right: Burn victims, boosting self esteem, severe heart risks (obesity)
Wrong: Teens that are still developing wanting to use such a drastic measures to change themselves, choosing surgery over a healthy lifestyle.

Sorry that it's a bit vague but feel free to argue your opinion ^-^


I agree with you mostly... but I do believe if someone was born with a deformity on their face they should be able to have plastic surgery even though it's to make them look better.
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THat's sorta like saying, "If you have the money, why not go out and buy crack, or build yoruself a meth lab?"

drugs and cosmetic plastic surgery is two very different things. drugs are not allowed because it harms the brain and others. in cosmetic surgery, no harm is done. they are just trying to be more attractive or for other reasons i dont know.

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some forms such as being mutilated due to a traumatic incident, attempted assault, mauling, a fire accident, etc. alongs those lines are definitely justifiable
and then there are some who just wish that they could have a lil something done which isn't too bad but getting health insurance for coverage i think is a lil bit of a stretch in terms of justification but not toooooo wrong i suppose it's the ppl that constantly go back for more that i think seriously need to justify the meaning of their life and if it really relies on their looks or not
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i dink its wrond u should b happy of wat u have
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I think its not wrong. If it helps someone with self esteem problems then they should do it. I personally don't think anyone needs it but if they want it to look better go for it.
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I think people should do whatever they want to do and its none of my business really what other people decide to do with their body, but I would NEVER do it myself!!!

To me, unless you have been born with some sort of deformity or scared in some type of way its just ridiculous! It shows a complete lack of self-confidence and its saying that you will do anything to fit in with the crowd and feel good about yourself because you think others will think higher of you. It's really sad that the world today is supposed to support individulism, being your own person and proud of who you are but such things as Cosmetic Surgery are so popular among young people!
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well all depends on the situtation, if you dont really need to Dont risk it, if you are scared from accident then you have your freedom to decide whats best for you and what you want
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Posted 2/18/07
^agree with her
people do judge the look outside...so watever....do wat they want/need to do
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Posted 2/19/07
Discussing the advantage and disadvantage of Plastic Surgery is variable – esp if we are talking about saving the lives of a person: self-esteem, self-confidence, self-worth and etc. We know for a fact that plastic surgery helped in cases like of those – burn victims, person born with defected facial features and victims who managed to survive in an accident but obtained deep scars in any part of the body. These people need that – these people should be the first and foremost priority of the surgeons.

It’s so sad to see/know that plastic surgery is remote to the people who badly need it; plastic surgery is for those who have money – plenty of it. But I am not against those individuals who spent thousands and millions for facial reconstruction just for self pleasure. As long as they can afford it and they don’t harm other people, then why not. Money matters.

If I have much and much of money, I would pay for a surgery to hide/erase the Keloid (sorry for the spelling, I don’t know how to spell it) on my right arm. Will someone judge me if I’ll do so?
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I'd never get it, and I'd probably never hypothetically get with someone who has, but I don't know why anyone would have a problem with it.
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