I've heard people say that they're "against" plastic surgery or find it "wrong", and I'm wondering where this comes from.

 Someone else's choice to change their nose or get lipo has nothing to do with anyone else; thus, I don't see how there could be an ethical problem. Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
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Do you have an ethical problem with plastic surgery?
I've heard people say that they're "against" plastic surgery or find it "wrong", and I'm wondering where this comes from.

Someone else's choice to change their nose or get lipo has nothing to do with anyone else; thus, I don't see how there could be an ethical problem.


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13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 2/4/08 - 4:37:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, but I do think it's extremely stupid to pay for it on credit. If you're going to buy bigger boobs or a new nose, you should save up until you can pay cash for it.

Also, I don't think too much is a good idea. I saw a lady at the salon the other day who looked like hell, because she'd had so much plastic surgery. I wouldn't say I'm ethically against it, though. Just aesthetically.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 2/4/08 - 4:47:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
It's one of those things like abortion for me. I won't give people crap for making that decision for themselves, but it's not a decision I would ever make.
There are things I don't like about my body, but nothing I dislike enough to take the risks involved in unnecessary surgery.

Reconstructive surgery, maybe. It depends on how extensive the damage was. If it was on my face, I'd probably do it, but I doubt I'd do something like get breast implants after having a mastectomy.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 2/4/08 - 5:46:05 PM EST (GMT-5)
God gave you what he gave you, and you should exept that.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 2/4/08 - 6:00:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
ya right! ppl are blinded by stereotypes!
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 2/4/08 - 7:38:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I don't. I really want to change my nose because it has been causing me problems lately with headaches etc...The doctor said that I could have plastic surgery to fix it because it causes problems for the oxygination in the area between my eyes.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 2/4/08 - 7:40:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
angeleyes, you bring up a good point. I was answering the question based on the definition of unnecessary "cosmetic" surgery.
Your problem sounds like more of a medical issue than a cosmetic one.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 2/4/08 - 7:47:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, if other people want to do it that's fine with me. However, a lot of the time I think people looked just fine before they got plastic surgery done.

I don't think it's something that I would do, unless it was something reconstructive. I'd rather work on my self esteem and figuring out why I would want to change the way I look because I think that would be money better spent.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 2/5/08 - 2:17:56 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. I think that the fact that the demand is so high for it is concerning but I don't think it's unethical in and of itself.

If it was quick and painless (and cheap), I'd consider a nose job. Although, it doesn't really bother me much anymore. I might get a breast reduction in the future or a lift as I age. Vain? Perhaps. But not unethical
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 2/5/08 - 2:51:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't have ethical objections to it.

I do find it slightly distasteful that people seek to cure essentially psychological issues of self-esteem via a scalpel, and worry [in the abstract] that people are just as likely to dislike their appearance after surgery unless those issues are also addressed.

But on the whole, as long as people consider that and factor in the risks, it's none of my business or concern as to what they do to their own bodies.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 2/5/08 - 3:24:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I have no ethical problem with it.

I would never do it though. It annoys me that people think they need to be more attractive to fix a self-esteem issue. I think there are better ways to fix self-esteem issues. But I mean, if that's what people want to waste their money on, I have no problem with that. I just would never make the same choice.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 2/5/08 - 11:20:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, but it's an easy way to deal with inner emotional problems which still remain there, and will do so no matter how many cosmetic surgery operations they have. But fundamentally people can do whatever they want to themselves.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 2/5/08 - 4:04:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not really. I think we are all different for a purpose, and unless there's a deformity that hampers your lifestyle or some kind of accident, you shouldn't be fixing things that probably don't even need fixing. If we were all meant to look perfect we'd be that way.

But I live in the real world, so I also know how horribly society puts pressure on women to look flawless and perfect at all cost. I doubt there's a woman in the world who hasn't said 'I wish ____ was different about my face/body'. I just worry that sometimes people come out completely messed up, or they use surgery to fix an emotional problem that a scalpel just can't fix.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 2/5/08 - 4:30:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
My boyfriend is a medical student and he often mentions the fact that the doctors who perform it could have put their skills to a "better" use. Especially when tax payers have paid alot of money towards their training (e.g £125,000 in the uk per student).

13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Tuesday 2/5/08 - 5:59:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
As most people know, I'm pretty openly supportive of plastic surgery.

If I'm against anything, I'm against the encouragement of emotional baggage that follows having a low self-esteem through vilifying cosmetic surgery.

It's no surprise that attractive people acheive more than unattractive people without having to try as hard. It's a pretty unfair advantage, but we must accept this fact.

On the other hand, it bothers more people than is let on, and there is nothing wrong with conforming to expectations. People who try discouraging others to do things that would make them happy and confident have never felt the pressure to look beautiful and thin and sexy.

There's embracing certain flaws, and then there is also harboring an unhealthy burden. You have the choice between the two, but one way or the other, you cannot convince people.

I am all for plastic surgery.
13 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Friday 2/8/08 - 3:48:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 2008-02-05 16:04:32.183 KikiPeepers wrote:
... unless there's a deformity that hampers your lifestyle or some kind of accident, you shouldn't be fixing things that probably don't even need fixing.


The thing is, though, you can apply that reasoning to many things people do to themselves. Why dye or straighten your hair? Why get pierced or tattooed? Why tan?
Sure, plastic surgery is more extreme than those things, but I don't think that means it shouldn't be done.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 4/14/08 - 1:35:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
^^I guess that's just how I am! I don't dye or straighten my hair, I don't have any piercings or tattoos and I don't tan. I wear makeup, that's about it.
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 4/20/08 - 11:22:23 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 2008-04-14 13:35:29.543 KikiPeepers wrote:
^^I guess that's just how I am! I don't dye or straighten my hair, I don't have any piercings or tattoos and I don't tan. I wear makeup, that's about it.

Not coloring you hair when you're a natural blonde doesn't count as not coloring your hair any more than a naturally well endowed woman bragging about why she would never get implants!
13 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 4/20/08 - 2:29:25 PM EST (GMT-5)
Kind of. People can do what they want, but when a disaster happens, they have no one to blame but themselves. Personally, I would never have the desire to get plastic surgery, a major operation shows a lack of self esteem.
13 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 5/4/08 - 3:13:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't think there's an "ethical" problem with it. It's their life.

I think it's a bad idea though. All that pain and the risks involved all for vanity.

Unless it's to help a severely disfigured person.
13 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Sunday 5/4/08 - 3:16:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
Not particularly, though it is a truly lousy way to fix one's self esteem.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 8/4/08 - 8:25:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
No. I have no problem with it whatsoever, although I don't really need it.

If you say that people shouldn't be anti-cosmetic surgery because it "has nothing to do with anyone else," you should be prepared to take that stance with gay marriage and abortion, etc.
And things like the situation in Iraq, and pretty much all international affairs that don't pertain to the USA directly.

FFS, if everyone was so selfish as to not care about anything to do with anyone else, the whole world would be in chaos.

12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 8/4/08 - 10:43:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
perhaps not exactly 'ethical' but I know there are plenty of people getting it done for no good reason. If you die and leave a family behind because your nose was 1mm out then perhaps it is unethical.

I think a lot more people could learn to like themselves as they are or find the real root of their unhappiness.

12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 8/4/08 - 11:32:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
It's wrong unless it's reconstructive.
12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 8/4/08 - 11:33:51 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 8/4/2008 11:32:51 AM cryndigo wrote:
It's wrong unless it's reconstructive.

based on what?

12 yrs ago, 10 mos ago - Monday 8/4/08 - 11:34:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
Based on the fact that it's vain and unecessary and fake.

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