"Looking good is a serious business", a popular saying in today's world. Everyone want to look good. People believe a good appearance promotes self-esteem. Because of this notion many people are improving their appearance in different ways. Wearing of make-ups is popular among females and muscle building is common among the males. While improving one's look can boost confident, some have gone to the extreme. They have resulted to cosmetic surgery.
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What is cosmetic surgery?
Cosmetic surgery is totally different from reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic surgery involve operation on healthy body parts to improve appearance. For example, a lady may feel her breasts are not large enough, so she goes under the knife to increase the size of the breasts. Another example is surgically manipulating the size and shape of the buttocks. Unlike cosmetic surgery, reconstructive surgery is performed to correct or restore disfigured body parts that most times occur as a result of congenital deformities, diseases, injury or accidents.
Cosmetic surgery is not medically necessary. Although people still do it, most times their decision is based on the desire to be attractive and well liked. Others are influenced by peer pressure, slick advertisements, trying to be like an entertainment star or wanting to attain the extreme beauty ideal promoted in the print and electronic media. If you feel unhappy with the way you look, Do you think cosmetic surgery is the solution? Does cosmetic surgery poses any health dangers? In recent times, there have been reported cases of serious complications that ensued after undergoing cosmetic surgery. Former Miss Argentina Solange Magano died of complication from plastic surgery. The silicone injected into her buttocks led to blockage of the blood supply to the lungs.
Risks of cosmetic surgery
Just like other surgery, cosmetic surgery carries it own risks. There is no guaranteed of safe operation and most sometimes additional surgery is needed to correct complications after the first surgery. This can cause further damage and even death. Allergic reactions to anesthetic may occur during surgery leading to other health problems. Other possible risks are:
*. Tissue necrosis,
*. Rejection of implants
*. Damage to the nerve leading to numbness.
*. Heavy blood loss
*. Loss of breast-feeding ability in women who undergo implant.
*. Slowing healing
*. Blood clot
It is always advised that anyone contemplating cosmetic surgery should count the cost and risks. Once the surgery is done it is irreversible. Changing your appearance through surgical procedures may enhanced your looks but it doesn't changed others perception pertaining to your personality. Never allow the spur of the movement push you into changing your appearance through surgical procedures. At the end whatever decision you take, keep in mind that happiness doesn't come from your looks. Being healthy is all that matters.
Note: Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery are all plastic surgery. They both have their associated risks.