Culture and Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly popular over the last decade. In places such as Brazil, Greece, and much of Asia there is no cultural issue when it comes to cosmetic surgery. Cosmetic surgery is often done to restore or alter the body to make it more aesthetically pleasing. There are various types of reconstructive surgeries that are performed throughout the world with the intention of restoring the body after major accidents. Cosmetic surgery has become more popular. Over fifteen million operations were performed throughout 2014 in the United States and rose by three percent since 2013. Methods of surgery has become increasingly reliable leading to fewer complications as a result.

In places such as South Korea and Brazil, cosmetic surgery is very common because of the culture and access to surgeons willing to perform these operations. In South Korea, for example, the cost of most operations is roughly one third of what it would be in the United States. In Brazil, the government offers tax deductions to have cosmetic surgery performed.

It is undeniable that humans, by their nature, will judge others based on appearances. Cosmetic surgery has allowed many to improve their self-confidence. It has given million equal access to enhanced beauty. As long as societies have standards for beauty, people will strive to meet those standards. With the safety and long-term effects of cosmetic surgery no longer being major concerns, it has become increasingly popular to get these procedures done as the social stigma associated with them have become relatively insignificant.

One major advocate of cosmetic surgery has been Doctor Jennifer Walden. She is representative of a changing view on cosmetic surgery. In the United States and many European cultures, there is a notion similar to destiny when it comes to personal achievement. The idea is that, from the time you are born, you have fixed potential and inborn talent. The potential for change is small. While in many Asian cultures, the rough idea is that very little is predetermined and that if you work hard you can change. This idea applies to many different subjects such as intelligence. In the United States, the culture insists that intelligence is fixed and unchangeable while in other cultures the idea is that intelligence is fluid. This idea also applies to beauty standards.

Many Americans such as Jennifer Walden are subscribing to the incremental theory of beauty. Beauty is not fixed and should not be determined by genetic predisposition but it is something that you have the power to decide.

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