A Change for Development: the Transformative Effect and Life Experiences of Gay Cosmetic Surgery Patients Essay

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Chapter 1 Problem and its background Introduction We are visual beings and we live in a visual world. Most of us perceive people through physical aspect because our society idealizes the external beauty and perfection of the human body. We cannot deny that most of us have a standard of accepted beauty. It has always been a powerful measure of an individual’s worth in society and some people believes that they can access that perfection through surgical methods. Cosmetic surgery is becoming popular today. This thing can consider as a life changing decision that should be carefully think of. Human beings have always sought out self-fulfilment through self-improvement. Societal pressure and media are somehow related to the motivation of cosmetic surgery. Some people who are dissatisfied with their physical appearance tend to have lower self-esteem and they feel that cosmetic surgery could help them to gain what they are lacking of. Moreover, many people who pursue or will pursue this surgery only consider what physical benefits or health risks they might experience after this permanent transformation. But many of them less consider the psychological effect or consequence that they will have to deal with afterwards. There were previous studies that concluded different motivations of patients who undergone cosmetic surgery. Some of these factors that contributed to the motivation of seeking cosmetic surgery were cultural conflicts and the wish to avoid being stereotyped as alien. (Meyer Et Al 1960) Also, some previous studies conclude that this kind of surgery produces a positive psychological effect by improving one’s quality of life. But researches also suggested that the effect or outcome of cosmetic surgery to an individual depends on the satisfaction and expectation of the patient towards the outcome. According to a Leesburg plastic

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