Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Plastic surgery risk or Intrinsic tendency?

This study of Canadian women who had breast implants and other cosmetic surgery found a significantly greater suicide rate in the study group than in the general population (about 73% higher). This begs the question: Would these women have taken their own lives if they hadn't had the surgery? Is there a connection between plastic surgery and depression? Is there a higher suicide risk among people who have other kinds of surgery?

First of all, I have to ask myself why people want to have body-changing surgery. I have never harbored even the remotest desire to do such a thing. Of course, as a nurse, I know that the last thing you should ever do is let a surgeon cut you. But that's beside the point. Aside from body changes that I can affect myself through exercise and proper diet, I'm happy with the way I look. I'm not perfect, but I'm me.

What gives someone such poor self esteem that they risk their lives to change their bodies? Is it the way they've been treated by others? Unimaginable things happen in families. I know a woman whose father called her "flats" because she had very small breasts. Parents tell their children they are ugly and fat and stupid and bad. Based on this sort of treatment in the develomental years, how could a person come out with positive self-image?

Then we have popular culture. Big breasts are beautiful. Men will desire you. Wide noses are ugly. You might be mistaken for someone of another race, other than white that is. Aging is terrible. Wrinkles and crow's feet and gray hair are all signs of inferiority. Forget the wisdom that comes with years of experience. Do we have plastic surgery only because our society is so ageist, sexist, and racist? Who decides what beauty is? Advertisers? Hollywood?

I submit that beauty comes from within.

Love yourself.



Myra said...

Our society/culture has lost respect for the wisdom that comes with years of experience... I personally have a very "youthful" look about me.. and eagerly await the coming on of wrinkles and gray hair...long, flowing gray hair!

Adam Nustedt said...

An interesting heartfelt article, there is no doubt that some people needlessly undergo cosmetic surgery, but there are many that due to genetics or accident can greatly benefit from it. Here there are some intersting cosmetic surgery videos regrding realistic expectations, benefits and risks

Rose Connors said...

I certainly would not want to criticize someone with a genetic or acquired deformity for having it repaired. I should have made it clear that I am talking about elective procedures.