Plastic Surgery As Bodily Reconstruction For Wounded Soldiers

1576 Words Nov 18th, 2014 7 Pages
Plastic surgery began as bodily reconstruction for wounded soldiers in World War I. The surgery developed in stages, starting with correcting traumatic injuries and deformed facial features. The more cosmetic focus began in the 1970’s, with creating “perfected” facial features and making aesthetically pleasing body parts. Cosmetic surgery boomed in the 1990’s, with 1.2 million procedures performed in the United States alone (plasticsurgery.org). The swiftness in which these procedures have infiltrated society has lead to a change in our view of the value of the body. The modern ease and accessibility of cosmetic surgery has intensified the need for external beauty and has influenced the loss of personal identity. Fascination with external beauty is the manifestation of the great need to be considered perfect by others. It is human nature to feel the need to fit in with those who surround us and that includes wanting to physically be equal in regards to our outer appearance. This need is obviously shown in statistics; over 95,000 cosmetic procedures are performed in the United States alone (Ellin, Galileo). The magnitude of these procedures show that society has a certain expectation when it comes to physical beauty. This expectation combined with our inner need to belong places pressure on achieving the standard of so-called perfection. Physical perfection is usually demonstrated by celebrities; society considers them to be the ideal and this view trickles down into the…

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