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Plastic Surgery

Plastic Surgery

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 Jeanice MonastesseMonastesse #1Eng 100/ Essay #3Laura Cline1 November 2010Plastic SurgeryIn today’s society instant gratification is a way of life. Jessica Williams writes,“In 2006, Sixteenmillion Americans had some form of plastic surgery” (Williams 61). In 2010 PlasticSurgery is a growingtrend, to some it is an easy fix to what they perceive as a problem. Plastic surgeryoffers both men andwomen a chance to instantly feel better about their appearance. There are manyrisks to plastic surgery;even the most basic procedures can be deadly. Popular procedures range fromBotox, lip injections,nose jobs and liposuction. Having plastic surgery is a major life decision, however intoday’s society it isnot taken as seriously as it should be. Plastic surgery is glorified in the mediamaking the risks lookminimal, when in fact people die from having these elected procedures. Tummy tucks and Liposuction are among the procedures preformed mostfrequently. Theseprocedures are often done together, to achieve a slimmer appearance.Unfortunately, “Liposuction isthe procedure cited most often for problems,” according to Michale J. Olding, Chief of Plastic Surgery atthe George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.“Liposuction combined with
a tummy tuck, has even more potential for problems”(Friedman 3). The longer theoperation the morepotential there is for complications. After recent deaths in Florida the statetemporarily banned tummytuck-liposuction combinations. A number of other states limited the number of hours that a patient canbe under anesthesia during plastic surgery. In order to reduce the risks, Congress isconsidering apatient-safety bill that would allow doctors to report any “medical mistakes” withoutthe report beingused against them in court. However, the reports would be voluntary, so criticsdoubt that these reportsMonastesse #2will help to reduce the risks.Botox (botulism neurotoxin) is also a growing concern. In 2002 the FDAapproved the use of Botox for between the eyebrows. There has not been any long term research orstudy done on patientswho have had Botox procedures, because the research has not been proven safe forlong term use;most plastic surgery critics are concerned. Despite concerns consumers flock tohave Botox injections,which is said to iron out the crevices that appear with aging by paralyzing facialmuscles. Again, thisproves that instant gratification and beauty outweigh health risks to people whomelect to havecosmetic surgery. Most Cosmetic surgeons “don’t think twice about performingBotox injections(Friedman4) .“We use Botox for paralyzing other areas of the face, not just betweenthe eyebrows.”(Friedman 4). Plastic surgeons claim Botox to be a very minimal risk.“It’s a buyer-beware situation,” says ASPS President Scott Spear, chief of 
Plastic Surgery atGeorgetown University Hospital (Friedman 6). “Most of the time, people don’t putup a sign sayingthey can do what they can’t do,” but that’s exactly what can happen in plasticsurgery (Friedman 6).Regulations need to be set for certification. “The vast number of doctors are peoplewith integrity,but the minority can ruin it for everybody.“We need government regulations of who can claimwhat and who can do what” say Scott Spear (Friedman 6). It is not uncommon tohave a dentist performa cosmetic procedure. We need to set rules and guidelines to clearly establish whois allowed to dowhat. Lives hang in the balance, and losing one patient is losing one too many.In 2003, ABC hosted a popular television show called “Extreme Makeover.” This showsent the message that plastic surgery can improve people’s lives by altering theirlooks. “A lot of people walk around in empty shells because of their looks,” says Keith Laferriere, of Springfield, MO., apast president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and ReconstructiveSurgery “the programshows that these people had an improvement of self-esteem after surgery”(Friedman 7). What they didnot show was the extreme amount of pain these people were put through. ABCchose to only show theMonastesse #3before and after, not the recovery time or complications these people endured.Many of these peoplewere forced to undergo procedures that should have been done over a long periodof time, allowing thebody to heal before another procedure. Instead they had everything done at once,

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