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Is cosmetic surgery beneficial to people?
Cosmetic surgery enabled a man to become a superstar woman entertainer named Hari Su. It also turned the skin color of once-black pop star Michael Jackson into white. Now, cosmetic surgery is not only for the rich and famous, but it is both affordable and famous for ordinary people. In Korea, there are hundreds of thousands of women from high-school students to middle-aged housewives, who are joining in this trend. There are several reasonswhy people suddenly turned their interest into this unfamiliar field. They want to become beautiful, feel confident, and keep up with the current trend. However, I think this trend is harmful because it causes people to get addicted and compete aimlessly, are against proper goals of plastic surgeries, and may cause side-effect that may never heal.
People like to be beautiful. From ancient times, people, especially women tried to look themselves attractive, and this became one of the causes for the current trend of plastic surgeries. These days, as women envy and covet for beauty and want to look like stars in television shows, they rely on plastic surgeries. When people take their surgery, most of them ask their doctors to make themselves to look like famous and pretty singers or actors like Jeon Ji-Hyun or Lee Hyo-Ri. It is now not surprising to see somewhat similar-looking girls posing on the stage during ‘Miss Korea’ competition.
Confidence is what most people expect to have after they took the surgery. In the TV survey of KBSnine-o-clock news, 58 percent of people taking plastic surgeries said that they are taking a surgery to have more confidence in streets. This comes from Korean’s nature of showing only what they are good at. Most Koreans tend to hide their inferior body features. They care about how they would look in other’s eyes. Those with not-so-pretty, but far from ugly, body features feel uncomfortable to go outside. Now, plastic surgery became these people’s ‘perfect solution’: hiding their eyes, nose, and face under silicon and fake skins.
The last and most bizarre reasons of why people crave for plastic surgeries is that they want to keep up with the current trend. Koreans are one of the most radical people concerning aboutthe present fashion. They follow it;sometimes they are almost forced to do. If not, they fall behind the trend, and others treat those people as people who are out of fashion. Just like clothes or jewelries, taking cosmetic surgeries is a trend in some ways. People who took more surgeries than others are the fashionable ones. In high schools, those who took the surgery become a coolest and trendiest student. They do it because everyone does.
This phenomenon of plastic surgery is somewhat not advisable because it creates addiction and meaningless competition between people. People see their friends take cosmetic surgery to become beautiful. They follow it. Then, when their friends do it again, and they also do it again, not just to show that they are keeping up with the trend, but also to win over others. By these regular plastic surgeries, they soon become addicted to the surgery. During a documentary about cosmetic surgeries broadcasted by SBS, a woman named Miss Lee, whose name was concealed for her privacy, confesses her problem. She took thirteen plastic surgeries since she graduated from high school. At first, she just did it because her friends were mad about it. Then, she wanted to be beautiful than any of her friends, and this led to her addiction. The surgeon at the hospital was once like a god to her. Now, she wants to stop it, but she can’t.
The current trend of plastic surgery is also against the original goal of the field. The techniques of cosmetic surgeries were originally made in order to conceal bad burns or wounds of those who suffered an accident. Hardly anyone thought about it as a mean to become beautiful. However, now, the number of people who takes cosmetic surgeries for beauty outnumbers those who want to hide their wounds greatly. There are several movements to revive the true meaning of plastic surgeries, such as performing free cosmetic surgeries next in June, 2007 for those with innate bruise or scars from accidents who can’t afford to have a surgery. However, the efforts are not enough to teach people about the true meaning of cosmetic surgeries.
Last but not least, one of the reasons why people taking plastic surgeries is not beneficial is that it causes side-effects. About a year ago, a woman so-called as ‘fan lady’ shookfear upon Korean cosmetic surgery lovers. Her face distended into a size of a fan, due to imprudent plastic surgeries. Michael Jackson is another example of a victim of plastic surgery. He took many operations to change his skin color from black to white. He succeeded in having a white skin, however, his face was distorted badly. The deadliest aspect of these side-effects of plastic surgeries is that nobody can bring it back. It stays with the victim forever. Clearly, plastic surgery is not a good thing for our body.
To make a long story short, cosmetic surgery is attractive yet deleterious. It can make one feel beautiful, confident, and trendy. However, it pulls people into endless pit of competition and addiction. Its meaning had been distorted from a mean to cover up wounds into a mean to become beautiful. Moreover, it causes side effects which can ruin a person’s life. Therefore, the trend of endless cosmetic surgery should be stopped.
What makes people change?
Many says that changing have to take a risk, but there is a bigger risk if change does not happen. However, there certainly are many situations which changing does not require any risk, but there is a huge risk if there is no change. In this sense, change is always needed for people. What makes people to change, however, is a point which not everyone agrees about. In my perspectives, motives for change comes from inside or outside, depending on the situation. Moreover, sometimes motivations for changing comes from internally and externally.
Internal motivation are one of the major incentive of changing. Although it is hard to have a intrinsic decision for a goal, the change from it tends to stay permanent. My personal example of my first year in middle school is a perfect case of intrinsic inducement. In my first test of the middle school, I did not study hard, thinking that I still may get decent grades like when I was in public school in Australia. The result was terrible. I faced the truth. I needed to change. I needed to study hard or unless my life would start to turn into the wrong direction. Then, I gave up many things to change myself into a 'Study-Top', a Korean nickname for kids who get great grades. As a result, the habit of studying hard and concentrating in my school works still is inherent inside me. I really changed myself.
Another kind of incentive for changing comes from outside. External motivations sometimes do give temporary change, and in other occasions, give temporary changes for a certain goal. One example of a temporary change which extrinsic changes bring is a reward. Parents can ask their children that there would be a new toy if the children's room is tidy for a week, their children may change their behavior for a week. However, when the price is given, they may stop cleaning their room and return to their older state. On the contrary, occasions such as car accidents from drink driving or heart attack from lack of exercise can be a striking external motivation to people. Those who have survived from it would never drink-drive, or start doing some exercise.
Sometimes, these two incentives combine to change people's behaviour. People like president Park Jung Hee or Biff Loman from "Death of the Salesman" are those who changed from influences from both inside and outside. President Park Jung Hee was originally a Japanese military officer in Manchuria during the occupation era, notorious for killing many Korean liberalists. When Japan lost the war and returned to its home country, he changed into a patriot. There were two reasons. First was an external one, which was execution of many of his fellow Koreans who served in Japanese army. The second was a motivation from the inside; he wanted to make Korea as strong as Japan. This changed him to become one of Korea's legendary presidents. Biff Loman, in the play "Death of a Salesman", also is expected to change. His guilt for his father's death and new determination for future serves as the internal motives of his change, while his father's legacy is an extrinsic incentive for his new life.
Changes are inevitable. People must change to develop themselves, their group, their country, and consequently, history. What makes them change comes from various origins. From inside, people make firm and strong decisions to change. From outside, people will strive hard to achieve the goal, whether it is temporary or not. Finally, the incentive for changing comes from both of these sources. These motivations will keep people from staying the same, and making our world somewhat a more diverse place.