It is very important to note how ‘cosmetic procedures’ are the centre of attention of this article because a very common misconception seeks to unite the fields of cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery while reality begs to differ. The procedures, techniques, and principles of cosmetic surgery are entirely focused on enhancing a patient’s appearance. Improving aesthetic appeal, symmetry, and proportion are the key areas of interest. Cosmetic surgery can be performed on all areas of the head, neck, and body. Because the treated areas function properly, cosmetic surgery is an elective surgery.
While on the other hand, Plastic surgery is defined as a surgical specialty dedicated to reconstruction of facial and body defects due to birth disorders, trauma, burns, and disease. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and is reconstructive in nature. While many plastic surgeons choose to complete additional training and perform cosmetic surgery as well, the basis of their surgical training remains reconstructive plastic surgery. Major plastic surgery procedures include: breast reconstruction, burn repair surgery, congenital defect repairs, lower extremity reconstruction, upper limb surgeries, scar revision surgeries etc.
Widely Opted for Yet a Taboo
It is indubitably clear that society does not reward what they term as vanity, since those looking for self-improvement are viewed with a sizeable amount of contempt and disdain. Cosmetic procedures have thus become a social taboo, not to be talked about. This is inherently fallacious since the cosmetic industry rakes in billions of dollars every year, so why is a near ubiquitous practice looked at with such embarrassment? The answer to that question lies in acceptance, since the wider society and more pertinently celebrities do not showcase the cosmetic procedures that they have done, the practice is still brushed under the carpet. In these modern times, we need the same level of exposure and acceptance of cosmetic procedures if we wish to create a society that uplifts rather than puts them down.