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Reconsider implants

March 29th, 2007

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, approximately 400,000 United States females receive breast implants each year. Of that number, only 10 percent are replacing breasts they have lost, most frequently to cancer. This statistic proves that most surgeries are for cosmetic and not reconstructive purposes. People should appreciate the bodies that they are given and only alter their appearance for medical reasons – such as cancer.

The most common types of cosmetic surgery for men are tummy tucks, facelifts, eyelid surgery and hair transplants. For women common choices are liposuction, botox, nose lifts, facial implants, forehead lifts, breast and butt implants.

The presumed benefit of cosmetic plastic surgery is that people will either feel better about themselves or look better to others. This is not a justified reason to get plastic surgery, it should be reserved for those with certain medical conditions. The surgery is not only unnecessary, but also has several health risks.

For example, it is frequently argued that getting breast implants increases the risks of breast cancer. The problem is that it is harder for mammograms to detect a tumor with the implant in the way. Also, some cosmetic surgery can increase the likelihood of brain cancer and respiratory diseases.

Many people need to receive plastic surgery for medical reasons. The top five procedures, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeries, are tumor removal, laceration repair, scar revision, hand surgery and breast reduction.

Situations such as these are the only type of plastic surgery that is acceptable. Cosmetic surgery in not accetable for men or women. Instead of resorting to surgery people should decide to embrace their body and their body image as they are.