With increasing awareness around the different types of cosmetic surgery available, from media attention and celebrity advocates, it’s no wonder that many women are now considering getting work done. It just seems so easy and commonplace, like dying your hair or shopping for shoes. Something that everybody’s doing. However, surgery is dangerous and usually irreversible and shouldn’t be treated so offhandedly.
One of the main reasons for going under the knife is to look younger and face lifts are a great way to eradicate unwanted wrinkles. This involves cutting away pieces of skin, then pulling it taut across the face to rejoin the edges, thus making it an irreversible procedure. There’s also risk of scarring and infection, and the healing process takes months. With the price of the surgery already in the thousands, taking time off work to recover will be a huge disadvantage to many women.
There are less invasive procedures that negate many of the risks of surgery, including Botox and collagen injections. Both work by injecting substances in the face, and whilst the former replenishes the natural collagen stores, Botox works by blocking muscle receptors that act on wrinkles. The risk here is obviously paralysis, and there have been many reports of being unable to blink when areas around the eyes are treated. However, the effects of the injections, unlike cosmetic surgery, are temporary, and can be discontinued at any time. On the other hand, this means that regular treatments are needed, which can be pricey, whereas surgery is usually a one-off.
With the risks of both surgery and injections fairly high, many women turn to cosmetics to regain lost youth. Products like Kollagen Intensiv are applied as a cream, and the ingredients seep into the skin and encourage natural collagen production from within. They are also rich in moisturising agents and vitamins, which give skin a youthful glow, as opposed to surgery, which doesn’t change the quality of the skin but simply relocates it.
Anti aging supplements are another lower risk option to looking younger. They work by increasing the levels of natural substances, like vitamins, antioxidants and hormones, whose levels naturally deplete as we age.
Another area that aging effects is the chest. Many women notice that their breasts loose plumpness and elasticity, and begin to droop as they age, which is a major incitement for breast surgery. Implants, usually made of silicone, are inserted into the breasts to augment them and give firmness.
However, like face lifts, patients must undergo general anesthesia, and the risks associated with this are immense: permanent nerve damage, strokes, airway obstruction, anaphylaxis (which is a serious allergic reaction), and even death. Is it really worth the risk?
I believe that whilst using cosmetics and anti aging supplements can definitely improve the quality of your skin, there is no doubt that cosmetic surgery procedures procure by far the greatest results, often completely eradicating wrinkles. However, the risks surrounding surgery are not something to be considered lightly. Moreover, surgery is a quick fix that masks the underlying problem, and can often become addicting. Referred to as ‘broken mirror syndrome’, women often see problems where none exist, and seek more and more surgery to satisfy themselves. Just look at what happened to Jocelyn Wildenstein…