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Should Cosmetic Surgery be allowed?

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Started: 1/18/2013 Category: Health
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Jenny91015

Con

Hi, this would be my first debate, but don't try going light on me.
Personally, I am against plastic surgery. In today's planet, the world seems to continue to strive for what the media believes is the 'ideal body'. This is an unhealthy way to think. The perfect body isn't what others desire, it's what you want. If you want to look like the media, they are probably putting images in your head that you aren't perfect the way you are.

Everyone is amazing as they are. And plastic surgery is a waste of time and money. It is understandable to want to be better in things, but beauty can sometimes be the exception. When there is an extreme obsession with the matter of taking beauty to the next level, there is a serious insecurity going on.

"The only ugly thing about us are our insecurities," is a very valid quote. Yes, we do want people to accept us, but when they want change from harsh judgments, that is a different story. If someone wants to change your appearance, they don't appreciate you for who you are. Be proud of your body.

The surgery only tries to mask the inner problem. It gives a temporary relief about ourselves. But everyone has flaws. People can strive to look like models, whom most of which, are at unhealthy weights. Not even they are perfect. They use computers and special lighting to enhance their appearance. But they are just as flawed as we are. Plastic surgery won't help you with your other dislikes. The insecurities will float to the surface again and it'll become harder. If someone really does feel that ashamed of themselves, they need to seek professional help to guide them into a better attitude for themselves.

Aside from the obvious that everyone should be happy about themselves, there is the costly price of surgery. Billions of dollars are spent on cosmetic surgery for woman worldwide. A person can run the risk of regretting the operation and losing a lot of money in the end. Some people for cosmetic surgery argue that the rich need to spend their money. Apparently, vast amounts of money in one's accounts can cause turmoil in our economy.

But if that is true, then why should one consider the following? Think about it, a rich person will pay hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars for an unnecessary surgery. The person performing the operation is obviously a surgeon. A surgeon already gains loads of money from their high-paying occupation. Cleaners and other minor workers can an insignificant amount of money compared to those surgeons, almost the equivalent of a drop of water in a bucket. Basically, the rich end up giving more money to the wealthy (the surgeons), and that shows that the defenders of plastic surgery have an invalid argument.

Also, more and more people living in poverty and turning to cosmetic surgery. Instead of setting a goal for a better life for not only them, but their children, they save up money for a surgery that enhances their appearance. Choosing beauty over health and family is a terrible decision.
Cosmetic surgery also shows how spoiled we human beings really are. We want to go to extremes for little things and don't mind paying thousands of dollars in that matter.

Some people work overtime to gain more money so that they can pay for the surgery that they desire. Many look for modesty, yet they agree with those who believe they can get anything they want with a snap of their fingers.

There is some controversy that these operations can erase the memories of a gash or a scar on one's face. I can agree with this statement, it's the only one I agree with. This is how plastic surgery was originally used. But some people can take it way too far. Eventually, people started using it not only to return to their normal looks, but to obtain the "perfect body." As stated before, the media can cause one to desire a look that shows perfection. No one is perfect in the eyes of many people. Everyone has a different opinion of perfect, but changing for someone else isn't a good idea.

Another reason I want to discuss is that the side-effects can be very severe. The pain can be torturous for days. Even pro-cosmetics warn that these effects are painful. They can include back pain, bruises, soreness, and so on. This suffering can continue on for years after the surgery.

One example would be Kim Hee, 28, who lives in Korea. Kim began her first surgery when she went to university. She did a double-eyelid operation, common for Asians. It is used to make the eyes appear larger. She was so satisfied with the results, she went for a better nose. Her surgeon, however, made suggestions of his own. He did an operation on her chin. As the years passed by, she still felt the pain from the surgery, especially in the cold.

When people begin to get addicted to the plastic surgeries, it starts getting worse. Sooner or later, a mistake is bound to happen and damage can occur to an internal organ. This can cause problems for someone's life forever. Regret can set in and the person will be resentful for years to come. The surgery can also cause someone's figure to be disoriented, the opposite of their original desire. One study shows that woman with breast implants are four times more likely to commit suicide. This maybe be because of an internal problem. It also showed that woman with those implants for at at least years had added a 21 percent chance of getting cancer.

The availability of the cosmetic surgery kind of pressures women into being beautiful. They feel as if everyone else is being transformed into a plastic beauty. They do anything to get the surgery and feel as if they fit in the crowd of the "perfect" people. That isn't true. Not everyone does it and it is rather immoral to want to be just like everyone else. The original is always worth more then the copy.

In conclusion, I do believe that cosmetic surgery is not the best answer. Occasionally, it can be useful for scars and reminders of nightmare-ish skin marks. But aside from that, it is just another method of faking our natural beauty behind plastic and giving in to other people's wants.
Corrupted_Ideal

Pro

Hey, Jenny. Thank-you for proposing this interesting topic that I'd be more than happy to debate with you over.

I must admit, I find it surprising how you missed the fact, or disregarded the concept that a lot of people in the world are born with some type of deformity or mutation. Some people are even born with a tumor on their face, sometimes these humors are huge. One of the largest recorded tumors in history were reported to have been on a person's face.

Now, most of the time these people get these tumors significantly reduced in size so that they do not pose any threat to the person's life. But if you are suggesting that cosmetic surgery is wrong on the basis that people should be happy with their appearance then I would have to say that your argument has a couple of obvious flaws.

People have every right to adjust their appearance and to do with their body whatever they please. Lipstick, nail polish, dyeing your hair.. these may not be as extreme as getting cosmetic surgery, but clearly it shows that people usually are never satisfied with their appearance. Who are you to say that people should not do what they want to do if they have the ability to do it?

And like the people who are born with tumors on their faces, even some people who have an eye that isn't aligned properly, they don't want to go around in their life with that appearance, even if they do look fine the way they are, they have every right to adjust themselves if they feel they must.

You also brought up that cosmetic surgery is very expensive, and that people should focus their money on more important values. The things we need, instead of the things we want. Then perhaps people should also only buy a car that doesn't cost too much money as opposed to a car that they personally find appealing to them. Instead of debating against cosmetic surgery, perhaps you should debate against pop culture and the examples set by celebrities. They're the ones who give cosmetic surgery a bad reputation when there are a lot of good uses for cosmetic surgery, and not all of them involving personal appearance.

There are also scientific studies that show a direct correlation between decreased uses of anti-depressants and cosmetic surgery. People who have a happier outlook and higher self-esteem generally live a longer life. Scientific evidence is also coming out, although not entirely confirmed and there is a lot of skepticism, that when a person is happy their heart-rate or their heart rhythm changes to fit the mood of the person. So an anxious heart, a depressed heart usually affects the person's health, whereas a happier person generally lives a longer life. To deprive people of their choice to live a happier life, be it through cosmetic surgery or other means, is unfair and completely biased.

If I got into a bad car accident or something of the sort and my face got completely torn up beyond repair, I have every right to get plastic surgery. How could anyone possibly admire me for such a horrifyingly hideous face filled with scars and maybe having half my face split open? I'd be absolutely miserable. Plastic surgery would definitely be helpful in that regard, too.

Everyone, by nature, is narcissistic to some degree. If you heard of a magical potion that could make you automatically look gorgeous would you drink it or would you say that you look fine the way you are and have no need for such a potion. If you say yes, well great! But keep in mind that not everyone is you, and not everyone has your self-esteem.
Debate Round No. 1
Jenny91015

Con

Hi, this would be my first debate, but don't try going light on me.
Personally, I am against plastic surgery. In today's planet, the world seems to continue to strive for what the media believes is the 'ideal body'. This is an unhealthy way to think. The perfect body isn't what others desire, it's what you want. If you want to look like the media, they are probably putting images in your head that you aren't perfect the way you are.

Everyone is amazing as they are. And plastic surgery is a waste of time and money. It is understandable to want to be better in things, but beauty can sometimes be the exception. When there is an extreme obsession with the matter of taking beauty to the next level, there is a serious insecurity going on.

"The only ugly thing about us are our insecurities," is a very valid quote. Yes, we do want people to accept us, but when they want change from harsh judgments, that is a different story. If someone wants to change your appearance, they don't appreciate you for who you are. Be proud of your body.

The surgery only tries to mask the inner problem. It gives a temporary relief about ourselves. But everyone has flaws. People can strive to look like models, whom most of which, are at unhealthy weights. Not even they are perfect. They use computers and special lighting to enhance their appearance. But they are just as flawed as we are. Plastic surgery won't help you with your other dislikes. The insecurities will float to the surface again and it'll become harder. If someone really does feel that ashamed of themselves, they need to seek professional help to guide them into a better attitude for themselves.

Aside from the obvious that everyone should be happy about themselves, there is the costly price of surgery. Billions of dollars are spent on cosmetic surgery for woman worldwide. A person can run the risk of regretting the operation and losing a lot of money in the end. Some people for cosmetic surgery argue that the rich need to spend their money. Apparently, vast amounts of money in one's accounts can cause turmoil in our economy.

But if that is true, then why should one consider the following? Think about it, a rich person will pay hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars for an unnecessary surgery. The person performing the operation is obviously a surgeon. A surgeon already gains loads of money from their high-paying occupation. Cleaners and other minor workers can an insignificant amount of money compared to those surgeons, almost the equivalent of a drop of water in a bucket. Basically, the rich end up giving more money to the wealthy (the surgeons), and that shows that the defenders of plastic surgery have an invalid argument.

Also, more and more people living in poverty and turning to cosmetic surgery. Instead of setting a goal for a better life for not only them, but their children, they save up money for a surgery that enhances their appearance. Choosing beauty over health and family is a terrible decision.
Cosmetic surgery also shows how spoiled we human beings really are. We want to go to extremes for little things and don't mind paying thousands of dollars in that matter.

Some people work overtime to gain more money so that they can pay for the surgery that they desire. Many look for modesty, yet they agree with those who believe they can get anything they want with a snap of their fingers.

There is some controversy that these operations can erase the memories of a gash or a scar on one's face. I can agree with this statement, it's the only one I agree with. This is how plastic surgery was originally used. But some people can take it way too far. Eventually, people started using it not only to return to their normal looks, but to obtain the "perfect body." As stated before, the media can cause one to desire a look that shows perfection. No one is perfect in the eyes of many people. Everyone has a different opinion of perfect, but changing for someone else isn't a good idea.

Another reason I want to discuss is that the side-effects can be very severe. The pain can be torturous for days. Even pro-cosmetics warn that these effects are painful. They can include back pain, bruises, soreness, and so on. This suffering can continue on for years after the surgery.

One example would be Kim Hee, 28, who lives in Korea. Kim began her first surgery when she went to university. She did a double-eyelid operation, common for Asians. It is used to make the eyes appear larger. She was so satisfied with the results, she went for a better nose. Her surgeon, however, made suggestions of his own. He did an operation on her chin. As the years passed by, she still felt the pain from the surgery, especially in the cold.

When people begin to get addicted to the plastic surgeries, it starts getting worse. Sooner or later, a mistake is bound to happen and damage can occur to an internal organ. This can cause problems for someone's life forever. Regret can set in and the person will be resentful for years to come. The surgery can also cause someone's figure to be disoriented, the opposite of their original desire. One study shows that woman with breast implants are four times more likely to commit suicide. This maybe be because of an internal problem. It also showed that woman with those implants for at at least years had added a 21 percent chance of getting cancer.

The availability of the cosmetic surgery kind of pressures women into being beautiful. They feel as if everyone else is being transformed into a plastic beauty. They do anything to get the surgery and feel as if they fit in the crowd of the "perfect" people. That isn't true. Not everyone does it and it is rather immoral to want to be just like everyone else. The original is always worth more then the copy.

In conclusion, I do believe that cosmetic surgery is not the best answer. Occasionally, it can be useful for scars and reminders of nightmare-ish skin marks. But aside from that, it is just another method of faking our natural beauty behind plastic and giving in to other people's wants.
Corrupted_Ideal

Pro

Thank-you for your response, although you basically just copy and pasted what you said in round one and then posted it once again, as though no-one understood it the first time.

I'm not arguing with you that plastic surgery shows how narcissistic and vain human beings are, because by nature we are narcissistic and vain with or without plastic surgery. I'm telling you that cosmetic surgery has saved people's lives and any system that is capable of saving people's lives must have some value and merit.

Again, I re-state that people can do with their bodies whatever they will. Do you comb your hair in the morning? Do you buy clothes that you find looks good on you or fits your personality and character? Have you ever dyed your hair, put on lipstick, eyeshadow, make-up, or mascara? If not, then that's great! Clearly you have discovered that you don't need all those things to consider yourself beautiful. But there are people who are struggling with depression and have a low self-esteem and sense of identity due to bullying they went through regarding their appearance or maybe they just, without any outside influence, feel they could adjust their appearance to look better.

Let's face it, everyone adjusts their appearance over time. Most people want to use acne cream whenever they get really bad acne, and most people are never satisfied with their appearance. If a person wants to get surgery to adjust their appearance I sincerely don't see how this person should be judged for their decision. Would you rather a person commit suicide because of a relatively negative self-portrayal of themselves or would you rather them live a happy life where they are proud of their decision to radically alter their appearance just to try something new, or to improve their sense of self.

There are limits. And clearly there are cases of some people who get addicted to cosmetic surgery, you're definitely right in presenting that side of the argument. That doesn't mean everyone is as foolish and will also choose to follow the same route. Some people get addicted to certain things and other people know their limits and know when enough is enough.

The entire premise of my argument is that a person has every right to adjust their appearance how they see fit, since we are narcissistic beings by nature, and that cosmetic surgery has indeed saved lives.

I will now post the link of an individual who was born with a 20-kilo tumor on his face. Are you suggesting to me that this person should be proud of their appearance, and not get cosmetic surgery?
Google images: http://www.google.ca...

An article by medtube.net: http://medtube.net...
Debate Round No. 2
Jenny91015

Con

Jenny91015 forfeited this round.
Corrupted_Ideal

Pro

My argument still stands. Cosmetic surgery should be allowed.
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