Cosmetic Surgery
Nobody knows about cosmetic surgery better than Edward Mondeck and his two
children, ages 9 and 11. Rosemarie Mondeck, 39, decided to have a bit of tummy
fat removed after having two kids. She let the doctors use a new procedure
called tumescent liposuction. The patients are primed prior to surgery by
injecting large amounts of diluted local anesthetic and epinephrine, drugs that
shrink capillaries. They reduce bleeding and make it easier to suck fat out
according to doctors. After the drugs were injected, Rosemarie went into cardiac
arrest and died. "All she had was a fatty area above her bellybutton,"
states Edward. Look at what can happen. This goes to show you that cosmetic
surgery is not only dangerous, but can also result in death. Cosmetic surgery is
defined as a surgery that improves oneís self-image by correcting a certain
area of the body that the patient finds unsightly. Its biggest benefit is
psychological. It is used to minimize age-related features in baby boomers such
as wrinkles and sagging skin. "A big part of self-esteem is feeling that you
look good. We can cure an insecurity in 30 minutes that a psychiatrist canít
cure in 30 years," H. George Brennen, M.D., Plastic and Reconstructive

Surgery, states in the magazine article from Young and Modern. Many people want
to get cosmetic surgery because they feel that they donít look good. "A
certain level of attractiveness can open doors. It can make a difference in a
teenís social life and later on, in a career," (Bloch 60). It can help you
to look better and pursue a career in modeling or a field related to looks.

Shouldnít people accept themselves for who they are? As Andrea Cooper states
in the article "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Make Me the Prettiest of Them

All", "All the cosmetic surgery in the world wonít help if you donít
feel good on the inside." It wonít change you if you already donít feel
good about yourself. You will just make it worse by trying to change yourself so
youíll feel more attractive. People age. Especially today when they are active
and in the work force. They feel good on the inside, but when they look at their
image, they look at a face or body that they dislike. "I donít see a problem
at all with matching what you see with how you feel," (Davis 77). If you were
hoping cosmetic surgery would add excitement and spice to your life, or rekindle
an old flame, you might be disappointed. It will only change physical aspects.

Your mental aspects may still be disappointing. Youíre still yourself, you are
just learning to cope better with your body now that you like it. You can learn
to be more confident and self-assured. "During the periods in between the
wars, Americans participated in a new, visual culture, where appearance seemed
to rank even higher in importance. The postwar era also saw an increase in
surgery to minimize or eradicate physical signs of race or ethnicity,"
(Shepard 2006). Americans began to see people of different origins, and they
liked their look better. Other people didnít like their appearances an example
being blacks. Whites thought they were better than blacks and used them as
slaves just because of their skin color. Things like that make you want to
change your looks so that other people wouldnít make fun of you or ridicule
you about your looks. Research shows that today looks play a major role in our
society. Women and men look at magazines and see the pictures of the skinny
models. Then they think that theyíre ugly and fat because they might not be
that skinny or have those perfectly proportioned face. Remember the saying
itís whatís on the inside that counts. You should go by that because the
pictures of the people you think are "perfect" probably have many more
problems than you. Live to like yourself and donít go by what others think of
you. Some types of cosmetic surgery are rhinoplasty, the reduction of a nose,
otoplasty, to correct protruding ears, blepharoplasty, which is to remove
drooping skin around eyes, and rhytidectomy, face-lift. People tend to want
blepharoplasty as they get older. It has many complications that could arouse
including bleeding, swelling, delayed wound healing, infection, drooping of
upper or lower lid, asymmetry, double vision, and dry eye syndrome. During
recovery, the first 24- 48 hours you have substantial swelling and blurry
vision. The stitches arenít removed until four to five days later. Breast
enlargements are a common sought surgery. Women want bigger