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Will plastic surgery lift my spirits as well as my skin?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Plastic surgery in itself is very useful for both enhancing and improving each patient's self esteem, as long as the patients have realistic expectations going into the procedures. Plastic surgery and psychotherapy go hand in hand.  Patients who present with realistic expectations and desire for self-improvement to enhance their body image, normally are very pleased with the final results. Patients, however, who have self-body image or body dysmorphic disorders, may be very distraught with the post surgical results and desire multiple procedures. It is our duty as board certified plastic surgeons to triage those patients who are not psychologically, or physiologically fit in order to undergo elective surgical procedures.
Yogi Cameron Alborzian
Alternative & Complementary Medicine
One thing that has become rather prominent in our culture is the development and consumption of genetically modified food. Grains are grown in a way that requires the farmer to purchase new seeds every year. Vegetables are grown so that they resist insecticides. But consuming these various foods, while convenient and profitable for companies, leads to problems for the consumer. Genetically modified corn finds its way into sweeteners, and over 8% of the United States population has diabetes. Undermining the natural order of things leads to problems for people, for people are organic beings just like everything else found in nature. It's a slippery slope.

Similarly, when we modify ourselves through plastic surgery, we're undermining how nature has intended for us to be. Each quirk of our physical appearance is there to teach us about ourselves and is an opportunity for us to tune into the essence of who we are. As we get older, we might feel we need to tuck our skin in and make other modifications, but it's the same as trying to cause apples to resist insects: it just leads to problems down the line. With a surgically altered body, it can no longer conduct its various physiological processes as it once did. And it represents our rejection of our natural selves as well. Again, it's a slippery slope.

Rather than pursue plastic surgery, consider what you may learn about yourself and others through the supposed shortcomings you perceive in yourself. In time, you'll come to see these issues as not being issues at all -- rather, you'll see them as what has helped you to become the best version of yourself possible.

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