Can you become addicted to plastic surgery?

Can you become addicted to plastic surgery?

09th May 2017

As research shows, the first aesthetic interventions have been performed in India over 4000 years ago. Back then, people were not necessarily considering improving a normal aspect of the body, but to correct birth imperfections or changes in the body that occurred after accidents. The interventions performed were more for reconstructive purposes, not aesthetic ones. Nowadays, we can talk about a real industry in the plastic surgery field that generates millions of dollars annually.

Plastic surgery is not requested just for medical, physical reasons and this is the important aspect that makes it so special. Plastic surgery is also requested to help the patient look better and improve his physical condition.

Is plastic surgery something decided out of a whim or does it address a necessity? Can they cause addictions? When do you know when it is time to stop? These are just a few of the questions that we will try to answer in this article.

The need for an aesthetically pleasing body

Life in modern days has changed the standards of beauty. Plastic surgery is always in between a mere trifle and a real necessity. A beautiful person is not only more attractive to the other sex, but also more sought after for certain positions. Different studies have shown that people who have the looks tend to be better paid at their jobs than people who lack a pleasing appearance. This means that a beautiful individual is more likely to earn more money, ascend on the hierarchical ladder faster, and have a better overall professional and social life.

Mass media is doing a great job every single day promoting “perfection.” This is why plastic surgery becomes indispensable for people in the entertainment business. For most people undergoing plastic surgery, their lives don’t radically change after the interventions. A public person or a celebrity can, however, get more contracts or make more money after plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery has broken the barrier of medical necessity long ago. Plastic surgery interventions such as breast and buttock augmentation, the tummy tuck, and liposuction are means to improve a normal body.

When can we talk about plastic surgery addiction?

A beautiful, natural result after plastic surgery is easily and rapidly noticed by people. The compliments, either direct or indirect, will certainly make the patient feel better about himself. The addiction is not necessarily related to the surgery itself, but to the reactions that the patients get from the people around them. But a year or two after the plastic surgery, the people around have already became accustomed to the improved look, and a new question arises in the head of the patient. “What can I do to be appreciated again?” This is when the desire for a new plastic surgery intervention can occur again.

The syndrome of plastic surgery addiction exists for sure. Once you develop the desire and visit the plastic surgeon for consultation, a responsible surgeon can tell if the patient’s desires are unrealistic. He will try to discourage requests that go beyond what is recommended. The patient should be discouraged when he asks for an intervention that he doesn’t really need. For example, I would never operate the breasts of a woman who has given birth less than six months ago. Also, I would not place 575 ml implants inside the breasts of a petite patient. Not all plastic surgeons are responsible, unfortunately.

The addiction for plastic surgery can be reduced or stopped if the plastic surgeons will treat these situations with a lot of tact while taking the time to clearly explain the risks of the demands.

The risks of addiction to plastic surgery

The addiction to plastic surgery is frequently encountered nowadays, from celebrities in Hollywood to stay-at-home moms. It is quite often that we see presented in the mass media the cases of people who have undergone plastic surgery an exaggerated number of times.

In the initial phase, plastic surgery can induce a feeling of happiness. However with time, multiple unnecessary plastic surgery interventions can lead to severe health conditions such as the distortion of the spine, damage to the nerves in certain areas of the body, and premature sagging and aging of the skin.

While the purpose of plastic surgery is to improve the physical aspect of the patient, the desire to look better and better can transform into an obsession, and the effects are far from pleasing to the eye.

Excessive plastic surgery interventions that go beyond the balance and harmony of the body should never be performed. The difference between need and a mere trifle is made by knowing and respecting the borders between beauty and monstrosity. Physical beauty is perceived differently by each and every one of us. There is no such thing as perfect beauty.


The evolution and perpetual development of modern plastic surgery is due both growing public demand and technological progress. In some cases, the exploitation methods of these new technologies have led to major disadvantages, hence setting up some boundaries becomes more than necessary.

Erasing 40 years of your body is an illusion. Youth without ever getting old is an illusion. Morality and ethics are the only solutions that plastic surgery can invoke in case of absurd requests. The patients should be discouraged when asking for impossible interventions. The fine line between ideal and ugly must be respected by the surgeon through the art of plastic surgery, without defying the miracle of creation or removing the identity of the person. All that the plastic surgeon should do is to accentuate the possibility of rejuvenation.

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