Plastic Surgury Essay

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Today, the topic of cosmetic and plastic surgery is controversial and divisive. Some approve of and even admire those who undergo plastic surgery procedures. While others view it as superficial or unnecessary. The topic is controversial because ones opinion on it is tied to ones fundamental belief about what someone’s motive for plastic surgery could be. One school of thought on the topic holds that cosmetic/plastic surgery is driven by an obsession with image and appearance, and therefore views it as negative. Another view on this topic holds that the motive behind plastic and cosmetic surgery to be improving one’s quality of life or self esteem, and therefore views it as a beneficial and necessary procedure. Through examining the history and development of plastic surgery, as well as the potential benefits and abuses of it, we present a comprehensive and objective analysis of plastic and cosmetic surgery independent of the cultural stigmas and stereotypes (whether positive or negative) associated with it. Plastic surgery of the human body was introduced and seen predominately in the scientific period, from the second half of the fifteen century to the nineteenth century. Specifically in India, reconstructive techniques were carried out by a man named Sushruta, also known as the father of surgery. However, the first recorded and known patient to actually benefit from such surgery was a British sailor, Walter Yeo in 1917. Most of these procedures were completely experimental and in today’s context would be seen as fairly unsuccessful, due to the fact that most methods involved simply putting a flap of skin over a previous infected or deformed area of the face, leaving a person with a piece of skin that was not a match to their own pigment. Of course, early plastic surgery was purely done on a basis of necessity for people who could afford it, as opposed for
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