When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Does your vision focus on parts of your body that you feel good about? Do you think “Wow, I really am happy with my body.” If you are, you are certainly of a rare breed. Recent reports estimate that the vast majority of people, regardless of age or race, cannot look at themselves in the mirror without wanting to improve some part of their body. Reportedly, this is more common in upper class society. The fact that we, as a society, are unhappy with our appearance feeds a demand for ways to fix our shape, tone and color according to our ideals. Science and technology have delivered to us a plethora of products and procedures designed to fix what we don’t like.
In short, cosmetic surgery is in such high demand simply because humans cannot accept and love themselves the way they are. We want to conform to what our society and media have told us is “ideal”. Hence how Angelina Jolie’s lips have affected the lip augmentation industry and Pamela Anderson has unwittingly supported the breast augmentation industry. These women have “ideal” bodies in our minds, so we pay dearly to shape our own bodies to look like theirs. The bigger question at hand is how has society become so preoccupied with appearances that we are willing to spend thousands of dollars on a single cosmetic surgery, with no guaranteed results?
However, many people do not realize that cosmetic surgery does not exist solely to resolve our physical insecurities with ourselves. Cosmetic surgeries are also used to help accident and trauma victims. Without these cosmetic procedures, which rebuild structural integrity of various parts of the body, there are many people who would die from the after-effects of infection and susceptibility to illness. In other cases, liposuction and laser treatments, collagen injection, graphing and skin tone bleaching can all be used in emergency situations that have saved lives.
Cosmetic surgery is in high demand for many reasons, but the number one reason is that people are insecure in themselves and the media supports this. We’ve heard of reality show contestants being turned away because they are too fat or don’t look a particular way, however talent-less but beautiful people have made top ranks in certain competitions simply because of their looks. This feeds the insecurities of people all over the world.
There are so many alternative methods to cosmetic surgery available on the retail market and so widely available that it is easy to see the time has come to start phasing out these dangerous and invasive procedures. By spending a bit of time researching a product and living a healthy lifestyle, anyone can save thousands of dollars and still feel great about themselves.