Recent years, cosmetic surgery has been more and more normalized in the society, even 12-year-olds are saving up money to reconstruct their body in some way. Now, we applaud that the natural look is on its way back. But why has the world been so obsessed with cosmetic surgery?
Finally, the focus on the natural look is back. It should be as simple as possible and you are not supposed to hide your natural self behind make-up, injections or surgeries. For instance, the Norwegian blogger Sunniva Pollestad Haugland retouched her face daily to hide her acne, until she was sick of cover up the truth. We want to find out why so many people have the urge to hide who they are and the fact that more and more people have resorted to cosmetic surgery.
From a historic perspective, plastic surgery was used to fix damaged body parts, for example a burned skin or a broken nose, often soldiers suffering from disfiguring injuries. But then parts of the practice developed into cosmetic surgery; an optional procedure that is performed on normal parts of the body with the only purpose of improving a person’s appearance.
Until recently, cosmetic surgery has not been a term “normal people” can relate to. It has been a procedure that mainly belonged to celebrities in Hollywood, living a totally different life. We heard about it, but most people didn’t adopt and kept a distance. Then the distance was gone.
In 2015, according to reports by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 12.7 million combined surgical and nonsurgical procedures were performed in the United States. According to the AAFPRS president Dr. Edwin Williams are social media and selfies one of the major driving forces behind the decision to undergo cosmetic surgery:
“They see their photos in ways they haven’t before . . . For example, a photo will be taken and posted either on Facebook or elsewhere. At that point, folks no longer have control of their photos, and it brings to light some of the things that are bothering them.”
The widespread evidence of celebrities having procedures has made cosmetic surgery more in demand and more acceptable. People have daily access to attractive photos on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook of celebrities and other people characterized as role models who has done one or several cosmetic surgery procedures. With increasing demand, the supply is increasing as well. Today, through a quick search on Google, you can find several cosmetic surgeons offering improved technology to less expensive prices.
Many people have the impression that cosmetic surgery will boost their self-esteem, which may not be the case. According to a study by teenage girls from University of Oslo, they found that “those who chose to have cosmetic surgery tended to have a history of poorer mental health to begin with, but having cosmetic surgery did not result in a positive outcome”. This may indicate that people think that cosmetic surgery will help them feel better about themselves. Instead everyone should build up the self-esteem they are seeking from the inside and show the world the power of the natural look.
What do you think about cosmetic surgery?
Text: Synne Krogstad
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