Does plastic generation go too far?

March 29th, 2007

Tuck, suck, inject, and reshape have become common terms tossed around the doctor’s office in today’s society.

Plastic surgery, whether for medical purposes or cosmetic, is no stranger to lives of Americans. It is not a stranger to young people either.

Young men and woman size up their bodies looking for a way to eliminate any imperfection with expensive and dangerous plastic surgery.

Young men and woman size up their bodies looking for a way to eliminate any imperfection with expensive and dangerous plastic surgery.

In fact, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), people between the ages of 18-24 are more likely to accept cosmetic surgery over any other age group.

According to ASAPS, most 18-24 year olds would agree with senior Jessica Benacquista, “If there is something that is seriously marring your self-image and you can fix it, why not?”

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), tumor removal, laceration repair, scar revision, hand surgery and breast reductions were the top five procedures.

Heredity, accidents, or disease can be the reasons people resort to reconstructive procedures. These, according to freshman Shannon Sweeney, should be the only kinds of plastic surgeries done. She says, “The idea of having a body that is fake and full of plastic is gross to me.”

In 2006, ASAPS reported that among men and woman, the top five surgical procedures included liposuction, breast augmentation, eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty (tummy tucks) and female breast reductions.

The minimally invasive procedures included botox and Hyaluronic acid injections for wrinkle reduction, laser hair removal, microdermabrasion and laser skin resurfacing.

Reconstructive surgeries are done in order to restore function or boost the appearance of abnormal body features.

Many people, however, believe that plastic surgery is one way to change something that they dislike about themselves.

“Having cosmetic surgery won’t magically change your life, but it could improve your mood and your quality of life,” said Kathleen Doheny from WebMD. Often the outcome of the surgery is far more convincing than the risks that come with it.

The risks associated with these procedures include general post-surgery risks such as infection, bleeding and blood clots.

More specific risks include thick scarring, implant deflation or need for removal, skin rashes or color changes from injections, facial nerve damage due to face lifts and fluid loss leading to shock from liposuction.

Another issue that goes along with the choice to have plastic surgery is the cost.

The price of beauty can range from $5,263 for extensive surgeries to $162 for minimally invasive procedures.

Breast augmentation with a silicone implant, according to ASAPS’s national average, would cost about $3,813, while botox could cost $417 a session. Rhinoplasty, or a “nose job,” would cost, on average, $4,277.

While the risks and costs can make the decision to have plastic surgery more difficult, the societal and personal demands for beauty are often more important.