Positive and negative impact of plastic surgery

Plastic surgery, contrary to popular belief has been in practice over several thousand years; archaeological evidence pointed out that sushrastra practiced rhinoplasty as well as skin grafts around 500 BC. That in itself is telling for it shows that the fascination with our bodies and our desperate need to fit with the commonly accepted view of beauty is not a new modern phenomenon. In fact, plastic reconstruction of a broken nose was practiced in ancient Egypt around 2500 BC though it Is not clear whether the method used was ever practiced. Plastic surgery since then has evolved to the point that we can now change the way we look, with little difficulty. But it comes with a few negative effects as well which is why we need to take a closer look at the same.

Positive and negative effects of plastic surgery

Positive impact of plastic surgery:

Cure wounds: One of the reasons that anyone would want to go in for a plastic surgery is to cure a wound or treat a malformation. While doctors were severely limited due to the fact that they lacked modern medicines as well as today’s technologies, the doctors today have access to some of the latest medical tools and as a result, they have perfected the art of both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. In the process, they have helped countless patients’ lead normal life after their reconstructive surgery.

Obesity: Obesity is a global killer and one that kills millions each year; but now with advances in reconstructive surgery, it is now possible to help patients’ combat obesity as well as shed those extra pounds effectively. You could almost make the claim that they are as good as new but it should be pointed out that plastic surgery is not a cure for obesity and its related issues but helps patients to achieve their goal of shedding those extra pounds.

Economy: With more patients opting for either reconstructive surgery or cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery has become transformed into a multi-billion USD industry. In fact, this market is currently valued $20 Billion last year and it would soon crest $27 billion in 3 years which should give you a good idea as to how profitable this market is and it is set to grow further at an exponential rate.

Negative impact of plastic surgery:

Psychological disorders: body dysmorphic disorder or BDD as it is called is an actual disorder; patients who are unsatisfied with the way they look often attempt plastic surgery to correct their imagined flaws. And as a result of this disorder, they are often dissatisfied with the results, which causes depression and even causing a few to take their own lives.

Expensive: Plastic surgery is not cheap and no insurance provider would provide coverage for the same. So if you are planning to get plastic surgery done, then you should know that you would most likely have to pay for the elective by yourself. Moreover, the postoperative care with weeks of enforced rest will cost you as well.

Health issues: Plastic surgery does not come without its own side effects; some of the side effects that you are likely to encounter happens to be blood clots, organ rejection which incidentally happens quite often. And then there’s the issue of psychological disorders and if that was not enough, you may also have to deal with scarring as well. You may also suffer from inflammation post the procedure which is why a long post-operative care is advised. You may also develop enhanced sensitivity to some of the prescribed medication as well as the procedure itself. This is why it is vital that you consult your doctor at the earliest should you notice something out of the ordinary.

These are some of the positive and negative effects of plastic surgery. It is vital that you undertake a complete panel allergy test; this should help the doctors realize whether you have developed sensitivity to any substance so that they can take effective measures to minimize the risk. With both cosmetic and reconstructive surgery seeing several advancements over the last few years, it has become apparent that plastic surgery is all set to grow even further in the years to come.

Alan Behrens

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