The Pros Cons and Ethical Considerations of Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is a type of medical procedure that aims to enhance an individual’s appearance. From facelifts and liposuction to breast augmentation and nose jobs, cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular in recent years. However, despite the growing popularity of cosmetic surgery, there are several ethical and worth-related issues that must be considered before undergoing a procedure. 


One of the biggest ethical concerns is the pressure that society places on people to conform to certain beauty standards. The media, including TV shows, magazines, and social media platforms, often perpetuate unrealistic beauty ideals that can be damaging to people’s self-esteem. This can lead individuals to feel as though they need to undergo cosmetic surgery to look attractive and be accepted by others. It is crucial to remember that beauty standards are subjective and that true beauty comes from within. 


The pressure to conform to societal beauty standards can also lead people to make hasty decisions about cosmetic procedures without fully considering the risks and potential negative outcomes. In some cases, individuals may not be aware of the potential side effects or complications that can arise from cosmetic surgery. This can result in disappointment and dissatisfaction with the results, as well as physical and psychological harm. It is essential to carefully research and consider the risks and benefits before making a decision about cosmetic surgery. 


Another ethical concern is the unequal access to cosmetic surgery. As it is often a luxury that only wealthier individuals can afford, this raises questions about the distribution of resources and fairness in the healthcare system. While everyone should have access to necessary medical procedures, cosmetic surgery is elective and not considered a medical necessity. The fact that only those who can afford it have access to these procedures raises important questions about priorities in healthcare and the allocation of resources. 


In addition to ethical considerations, the worthiness of cosmetic surgery is also a subject of debate. While cosmetic surgery can help enhance one’s appearance and boost confidence, it is important to consider the risks and potential negative outcomes before undergoing a procedure. In some cases, individuals may end up spending a large sum of money and not achieving the desired results. Additionally, cosmetic surgery can result in physical and psychological side effects that can be difficult to overcome. 


For example, some common side effects of cosmetic surgery include pain, swelling, bruising, and scarring. In some cases, individuals may experience complications such as infection, bleeding, or an adverse reaction to anesthesia. In addition to physical side effects, cosmetic surgery can also have psychological effects. For instance, some individuals may experience body dysmorphia, a condition where a person becomes obsessed with perceived flaws in their appearance, even after undergoing a cosmetic procedure. 


It is also important to consider the long-term effects of cosmetic surgery. While some procedures may result in immediate improvement in appearance, the effects can be temporary and may not last as long as expected. In some cases, individuals may need to undergo additional procedures to maintain the desired results. This means that cosmetic surgery may become a never-ending cycle, with individuals constantly seeking further procedures to maintain their appearance. 


However, it is also important to recognize that cosmetic surgery can be a personal choice that can make individuals happy and confident. As long as the procedure is performed by a qualified medical professional and the individual is fully informed about the risks and potential outcomes, cosmetic surgery can be a positive experience. 


In conclusion, while cosmetic surgery has the potential to enhance one’s appearance and boost confidence, it is important to consider the ethical and worth-related issues associated with it. Individuals should weigh the benefits and risks carefully and consult with a qualified medical professional before undergoing any procedure. It is also essential to remember that beauty standards are subjective and that true beauty comes from within. 


About The Author

Dr. Krisca is a highly-educated and skilled physician who has obtained a BS Public Health degree from the University of the Philippines Manila and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the De La Salle Medical Health Sciences Institute. She is a licensed physician and also a Registered Medical Technologist. She has received additional training in Hemodialysis for Non-Nephro Physicians on duty and has completed online courses in related fields like depression in populations from John Hopkins University and positive psychiatry from The University of Sydney. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of International Health in the University of the Philippines. 


Dr. Krisca is known for her outstanding skills and compassionate approach to healthcare that make a positive impact on people’s lives. Through her passion for healthcare, she hopes to make a difference in the world and help people lead healthier, happier lives. 

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