ср, 06/27/2012

Beauty and Cosmetical Surgery

An unfortunate but nevertheless interesting development is being described in this article which was published in the British newspaper The Guardian and which left me thinking.

The author describes that more and more young adults get cosmetic surgery and that because they do not have so much money, the clinics performing those operations are very competitive on cost. Because of that leading plastic surgeons and others worry that medical standards can slip which may lead to unwanted effects.

My first thought after reading this was that young people become more crazy every day. But then I remembered that in certain parts of society this probably is completely normal. So I focused more on wondering why in fact nobody really criticizes the general idea anymore that almost every person somehow 'enhances' one looks by make-up, jewelry, fitness-training, getting a cool haircut or clothes but that a little nip and tuck once and there still raises eyebrows. Although cosmetic surgery in principle is wildley accepted for people over a certain age limit – probably because they are pitied that their looks are gone by age or too heavy living – it is rejected for young people. Is it because of the fact that the appearance of young adults still changes in the course of the normal aging process? Or is it because they, unlike their elders, have other ways to beautify themselves? Or is it because it is believed that young people just want to look like the stars they see on TV and in magazines every day? Which means, not to be themselves but someone else. Well, as it may be. At photos stars only look so super great, because their appearance is improved by using digital techniques. If encountered on the street, they look no different from us regular people.

But what does concern me most is that sometimes it seems forgotten that the purpose of beauty surgery too is to give victims who have been disfigured by war or accident their faces back, so that they can lead a reasonably normal life. This is part of the work of International PGD and therefore we would like to remind you of the Libyan architect Mohamed Z., whose lower jaw and face was reconstructed at MLK by Johannes Bruck, chief physician of the Clinic for Surgery and his team last year.