Plastic surgery poses threats

America is called the land of the free, but it should be called the land of the knife. According to the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2002 the United States was the leading country for cosmetic surgeries with 90, 992 procedures. And market research group, Freedonia Group, is predicting U.S. surgery product demand to reach $2.4 billion in 2010.

But why is there a constant increase in cosmetic surgery and the decline of self-assurance? It seems people just aren’t complete with themselves. Everyone is striving for that perfect body and America’s desire to remain youthful has caused many Americans to go under the knife. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the leading national organization of board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in plastic surgery, have come up with some surgery predictions for 2009.

But there are many risks to choosing the knife over the treadmill. The U.S. Department of Food and Drug Administration lists a number of complications that come as a result of complications that can occur post surgical procedures. One of which includes death. You may have heard about the unfortunate mishap of rapper, Kanye West’s mother, who died after a tummy tuck and breast reduction. Then R&B sensation Usher’s wife also experienced complications; after Mrs. Raymond was placed on aesthetics before a liposuction operation, she suffered from a heart attack.

The limelight can be hard for some people because the media expects individuals to look a certain way. Some may have been perfectly content with themselves until others started to point out that they look like they are gaining weight.

No one is born perfect, but so many people strive for perfection.

Some people are just going overboard to have the perfect body. And is the infamous black woman’s body the new “perfect body?” More white women are picking up more ethnic features. It has become a Hollywood trend for women to have plumper lips and add junk to their trunks. Black women have always had these features.

People should remain mindful that no one was made to be flawless. We have to decide if going through cosmetic surgery is worth the risk. And most importantly will changing your appearance make you content with yourself? Love yourself because a knife can’t help you do so.