Cosmetic surgery. Does it simply stem from vanity and our ever-growing obsession to look perfect? It’s been coined the ‘real life version of photoshop’ and the popularity of getting such procedures is ever growing.

Ideals of beauty have always existed and over the years cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular. We are constantly bombarded with ideals of the perfect person and unequivocal standards of beauty such as celebrities and powerful influencers who, more often than not, promote the numerous procedures they have undergone to look younger, prettier and in their words, better. This influx of media tends to cause fans and admirers to aim for unrealistic standards which cannot be met, since apart from the procedures, social media is governed by photoshop and editing. This obsession with being perfect, is often the reason many believe vanity is the driving force behind the desire for cosmetic surgery.

The popular assumption is that most people who decide to go for these procedures, do so because of social media influence, or because they saw someone famous on the television and they thought, Hey, I want to look like that! Perhaps even because they are ‘obsessed’ with being perfect or looking young and attractive. However, when speaking with patients and surgeons, you’ll find out this is often not the case at all. Whilst true that cosmetic surgery does revolve around aesthetics, we often forget that it also has the ability to change people’s lives, and that is a key motivator for seeking out these procedures.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY

Whilst you may not think a particular cosmetic surgery is a reasonable option for someone, or you may not understand why they would bother with said surgery, who’s to say whether the outcome of that surgery could change the person’s life?  If we move away from this stigma, that the desire for these procedures simply stems from vanity, achieving the perfect look and going for it because we saw it online, we will realise that these procedures often improve the quality of life for people, and the desire for these procedures does not necessarily stem from an obsession to be what society deems perfect and beautiful.

Taking an example; there are numerous cases of individuals who seek out these medical procedures because they wish to fix a flaw which they see in themselves. This flaw often causes chronic self-esteem issues and brings them a great deal of unhappiness affecting their daily lives. Sadly, these individuals sometimes come from a background of torment and bullying, and more often than not, having cosmetic surgery to correct said flaw is the first step in overcoming this unhappiness. They are often then able to let go of these negative feelings and work on their mind frame and genuinely feel happier. Their quality of life subsequently improves substantially. Sometimes it’s as simple as needing a confidence boost on the outside for that confidence to grow on the inside. There may not be negative reasons such as bullying behind the desire to change something about oneself, however being able to amend one’s appearance may make the world of difference to how a person feels, and this feeling is likely to be the driving force behind the decision for cosmetic surgery and not some advert that popped up on social media as you scrolled though the other night.

Another very simple example where cosmetic surgery can change someone’s life is the woman who has undergone a mastectomy, and after overcoming illness wishes she could feel like herself once again. Cosmetic surgery has the power to give her that feeling back. We could go on and on thinking of examples, however the key point is that this stigma, whereby vanity is the driving force behind cosmetic surgery and longing to be perfect, is not necessarily true. Whether it is because you feel you want something corrected, or because it would make you happier, or feel more confident, the understanding that it would add quality to your life would likely be the driving force behind going for it.

Cosmetic surgery is a controversial subject amongst many people. However, the desire to undergo a procedure that will honestly add value to a person’s life and make the world of difference is usually the reason many folks end up getting cosmetic surgery. Perhaps nowadays, people are more driven to make changes that they know will give them happiness and hence the reason cosmetic surgery is becoming more popular.

Until next time everyone.

Mia