Alterations not a way out

Donda West inspired many of Kanye West’s lyrics. Now, in her death, she should inspire the nation to realize a harsh reality – plastic surgery is not always the best option.

While the details of the celebrated English professor’s death are still under investigation, the initial thought is that complications from a tummy tuck and breast reduction surgery led to her untimely death.

The practice of plastic surgery has a place in the world of medicine. Many people need it after devastating accidents or birth defects. But the use of cosmetic surgery when used only for cosmetic reasons is too risky.

The reason behind Donda West’s decision to go under the knife is unknown, but it may have been a wise choice to employ natural weight loss tactics as opposed to a tummy tuck.

Excessive plastic surgery has claimed the African features of black celebrities like Michael Jackson, Lil’ Kim and Vivica A. Fox. The decision to embark on the journey of plastic surgery is often misguided and vain.

When making life decisions, one’s health, not cosmetic desires, should be considered. Donda West, like many other people, both white and black, made a dangerous decision, and unfortunately it cost her a life.

Everyone is entitled to do things in order to foster a sense of self-improvement, but that choice can often take precedence over the obvious. Reports suggested that another doctor refused to operate on West. Such denial can often serve as a warning sign.

The choice to undergo plastic surgery is a personal one, but there is evidence in this recent tragedy, it should not be taken lightly.

Akeem Anderson for the editorial board.