Media and the Information Society
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The Effects of Plastic Surgery Reality Shows on Society39s Self Image am l AH I J W 1 u u 373 E k cg mcg Kicg gscgy Fw acan p3h1m E4b Agm cgy p Awb y U F h Tn ac a am Everyone is born with different traits and unique qualities they are their own person Isn t that considered beautiful In today s society it seems as though this isn t the case The ever increasing acceptance and abundance of cosmetic surgery and reality makeover shows has caused a negative change in selfimage The cosmetic surgery based shows force the idea of perfection and change into the viewer s head The shows we will be discussing are Extreme Make Over I Want a Famous Face The Swan and Body Work These shows have a strong impact on viewers especially the uncon dent selfconscious and the young People who were previously content with their appearance may question their beauty after seeing people on television with similar characteristics go through these changes This trend of shooting for perfection or stealing traits from celebrities has caused second guessing ofthe attractiveness of natural features The reality TV shows we will discuss are putting this trend right in our faces and puts selfdoubt in everyone s minds They can cause a lack of con dence in their features that was previously accepted by a person Someone could have a thought I guess my lips could be plumper or I ve always wanted larger breasts These super cial ideals are affecting our society in a negative way mil By Aubrey Griffith Reality television shows are growing and becoming more popularthroughout the United States One particular reality television show that has grown and changed viewers lives is Extreme Makeover This show goes into the lives of many viewers and ordinary people s lives and makes dramatic changes physically and emotionally These changes do not always have positive impacts on their lives The changes are produced through plastic surgery which changes the appearances ofthese people People that have selfesteem issues because of accidents being made fun of throughout school or are just depressed about themselves write to the show and try to get on the show to start a new beginning with the help ofthe Extreme Makeover s Extreme team The show like many other reality plastic surgery shows influences many viewers and may produce a negative self image Extreme Makeover makes people believe that there is always a way out if you are not happy with your looks Whatever happened to accepting yourself for who you are and appreciating what God gave you I believe this show may be giving young children the wrong impression about their looks As stated in an article entitled Yes They re Fake the author writes The cosmetic surgery industry constantly promotes the notion of ugliness as a disease which can be cured by going under the knife They are saying that you can either deal with being ugly and not tting in or be like everyone else and get surgery to become the ideal body type In this case some viewers may believe they have to look a certain way to get noticed or feel good about themselves The author ofthis article also states Unfortunately people do judge a book by its cover hence cosmetic surgery is becoming an increasingly attractive option to improve one s looks This is another true but sad statement There aren t many good reasons why people should undergo plastic surgery Some may argue that under some circumstances plastic surgery is acceptable with which I agree If someone had an accident and needs to get their face reconstructed or was badly burned by re and needed plastic surgery or had any other life threatening disorders plastic surgery is a possible answer However if someone wants to get a nose job boob job or a face lift plastic surgery is not necessarily the answer Showing these people changing their appearances on television is telling the country that plastic surgery can be the answer to all your problems when in reality it can just cause more problems Plastic surgery does not always work out problems occur your body still changes lfyou get a face lift it will not look that way in twenty years That is what we should be telling young children instead of advertising plastic surgery We should be telling them everyone is beautiful in their own way Everyone is unique and it is good to be different People rely on plastic surgery too much to make them happy or feel better about the way they look Extreme Makeover does not set good morals and values to these teenagers who see every aw when they look in the mirror a By Stephanie Hobe Many teenagers this day in age have grown up watching the media and other critics who have been subconsciously promoting the beauty ideal Many are not satisfied with their appearances and have turned to other options in order to make themselves t in with the standards Plastic surgery the procedure that many young Americans have probably considered is it really an ethical way to treat these teens growing concerns How far should people go to look like those celebrities that they idolize Is the pain and risk worth the end results Exploring the topic of plastic surgery the MTV show I Want a Famous Face tells a little more about this fascination with wanting a famous face This past year MTV followed seven individuals through their experiences of plastic surgery All the participants on this show had already decided to get the surgery done on their own and MTV was not responsible for any of the expenses related to the surgeries ennette Her goal was to have a body like Kate Winslet When interviewed after the surgery her answers were quite shocking She was extremely pleased with the results ofthe surgery and would do it again in a heartbeat The downfall that she experienced was the pain that she endured after the surgery The next patient was a man by the name of Jesse His goal was to look more like his idol Elvis Although he was pleased with his results he also experienced the after surgery pain and said that getting plastic surgery is not a decision to be taken lightly at all Jessica a pre operational transsexual decided to get plastic surgery to make herself look more like Jennifer Lopez She claims that she was moderately satis ed with her results She also stated that afterthe surgery she woke up all bruised and swollen in pain not realizing that it would hurt as bad as it did The next two men who got plastic surgery Mike and Matt have always wanted to look like their idol Brad Pitt Afterthe surgery they were pleased with their results Mike stated that he did not realize that it would hurt as much as it did but Matt said that he did not have any pain A woman by the name of Mia believed that she already looked like Britney Spears but wanted to get breast augmentation so that she would be able to make it even bigger as a Britney Spears impersonator She was very pleased with the results of her surgery but was surprised at how painful the procedure was and how out of it she felt The last participant was a woman by the name of Sha Her goal was to look more like Pamela Anderson She claims she was pleased with her results but her shock ofthe operation was all the pain that she had endured All ofthe participants seemed pleased with their results but every one ofthem said that it was a very painful experience There was one thing that every participant agreed upon and that was that you have to make sure that you really are ready and willing to accept the consequences ofthe surgery Also that you should not get the surgery unless you already have a strong sense ofyourself rst and that plastic surgery is not an answer to happiness but rather a tool to help you achieve a goal Is this really how these participants felt lfthey had such a strong sense ofthemselves then why did they have to go out and get surgery to look like someone else Now that you know how far some people are willing to go to look like famous celebrities think about if it is really worth it What are these people conveying to the youth of our society that physical beauty is more important than the beauty within Plastic surgery for the purpose of looking like celebrities is a negative way for people to help them feel better about themselves The painful experience ofthe surgery itself with the negative connotation that it is sending to others is reason enough why people should not get plastic surgery for super cial reasons lth g sillsiii By Ashley Hoepf It used to be that when I heard the word quotswanquot I would think ofan elegant white bird Now however upon hearing it the idea of reality television and plastic surgery oods my mind The Swan is one of many popular reality television shows dealing with Jquot maheoyers and more Tmponan y ptastrc surgery Recenny there haye been many of these shows poppth up 5 oyerteteyrsron and they seem to be attractrn many yrewers The Swan whrch nrst arred on Apnt 7 2004 on FOX has atewthrngs that set rtaparttrom other srmrtar shows such as Extreme Maheoyer and Wan 3 Famous Face AH of common they send to soctety especrauy the youth h eac eprso e of The Swan two women are gryen the chance to be transtormed rnto somethrngthey coutd omy dream of and at the end of the show the p end of the senes The contestants are chosen to appear on the show based on h e s ow whrch rs TeaHyfouTmonms thewomen go throu h a gruehng process of numerous ptastrc surgenesa ngorousdtetandvyorkout an andmerapy umen 200m 08 ey are de 2 The Women do not come n Contact thn any mtrrors ne ennre four rnOntnS nat n gorng through therr transtormatron The nnat reyeahng rs at the end of each eprso Most of the women were so shocked when they ooked m the mrrror and man eyen moyed to tears Hopequy these women expenence a huge change rn metrsetfresteem and become much happrer r a yen thou h these women are much can eyerteet petter aooutthemsetyes Howeyem do commend the producers of The Swan tor rnctudrng the therapy as part of therr process tt shows that physrcat changes are not the omy way to teet better about yoursett Howevery t do nottmnkmey emphasrze the mentat and emotronat changes hatt as much as they do the physrcat ones tt rs atso pad that eyen atter the contestants go through 5 of that stru omy one wrns the pageant and rs dedared the prettrest mm amt 5 out The Swan He says We conyrnce these women therr setfrvyonh rs wrapped up w therr physrcat appearance atterthem to meet some unspecrned standard of beauty and then teH 5 out one sony you re stru not worthy enough Branco 2004 eteteyrsron show The Swan atongwrth aH otthe other ptastrc surgery s H Ht uuu Ht r UuH teet good about themsetyes wrthout changrng somethrng physrcauy There are many any physrcat changes or at teast changes through ptastrc surgery AH rn aH t do not think that there should be shows like this because it is a big reason for poor selfimage in today39s society By Kelsey Fulker TLC s new documentary Body Work follows individuals whom are having cosmetic surgery It is a show which documents the patient s emotional ups and downs while transforming their appearances Television programs like Body Work appeal to the part in Americans which craves immediate satisfaction Recently with a rise in diet pills and plastic surgery procedures it is becoming more and more apparent that people are becoming less and less willing to actually work for changes Americans are craving immediate results from everything Proper healthy diets and exercise seem to be out and diet pills containing dangerous ingredients and life threatening plastic surgery is in People are unwilling to wait for results through safe and reliable means and would rather put their lives at risk to be physically beautiful Shows like Body Work are proof ofthis new lazy and dangerous epidemic These types of programs tell viewers that ifyou eat too much it is easily reversible lfyou do not like yourthighsjust get the fat liposuction right out lfa woman desires bigger breasts she gets them ratherthan being happy with whom she is If you do not like the shape of your nose then you can pay a few thousand dollars and have it restructured While plastic surgery may seem like the perfect quick x to any physical problems huge dangers are the side effects People who get plastic surgery are putting their lives on the line to be thinner and more aesthetically pleasing These people could possibly lose their lives to the anesthesia massive loss of blood or possibly reject any foreign objects placed in their bodies These people suffer immense physical pain and bank account shortages due to their surgeries Also studies show that people who have plastic surgery once are extremely likely to be repeat patients for numerous cosmetic procedures While there are some reasons deemed morally acceptable for having cosmetic procedures performed the majority ofthe surgeries completed are for purely vain reasons Some have cosmetic surgery to relieve pain or reverse a physical deformity In a recent survey participants agreed by eightytwo percent that procedures done to relieve a patient s pain or physical deformity were completely acceptable and understandable Participants agreed by sixtyfour percent that plastic surgery performed for purely vain reasons was unacceptable and wrong TLC s show Body Work does include a few episodes which feature breast reduction surgeries to relieve the patient s back pain and reconstructive skull surgery for a physically deformed infant although the majority ofthe episodes feature everything from breast augmentation to cheek implants to nose jobs What is this teaching our youth That you can be unhappy with a part of our body and quickly have it xed and perfected as long as you have the money to nance it In a survey of Troy High School senior women eight out often girls said that ifgiven the opportunity they would physically change something about their bodies When eighty percent of young women think that they are physically inept soon enough we will all be walking around looking like Barbie dolls We will all have the perfect body dimensions Apparently individuality is beginning to quickly give way to national conformity In the same survey the majority ofthe girls said that they feel pressure from television and magazines to look as close to perfection as possible What does all this say about what we are doing to the future ofAmerica Are we teaching them to be good people orjust look like it Are shows like Body Work which present very little ofthe physical and emotional pain of cosmetic surgery telling our youth that to make it in our society you ve got to look great Body Work and similar shows teaches people that it is okay to look for quick xes rather than be wary of your health It destroys people s self images and is extremely dangerous physically and emotionally lfshows portraying cosmetic surgery must exist then they should be showing every single aspect of it or nothing at all Let people be themselves and do not pressure them to be fake and plastic In conclusion a person s desire to be more attractive will never go away It is a part of human behavior Everyone wants to be good looking and liked These makeover shows make people look towards the drastic measures of cosmetic surgery They advertise the ease of cosmetic surgery and the trendiest things done with cosmetic surgery They make it out to be the all good and powerful solution and in some cases portraying it as having no risks Though cosmetic surgery is a needed practice especially for people who have suffered tragic accidents causing deformities these shows have blown its use out of proportion and created a trend that is damaging society To look towards cosmetic surgery over eating healthy and exercising or viewing the person you love as needing some outer adjustments is a ridiculous notion that reality makeover shows are contributing to Credits Teri Gladden Put the project together and editor Kelsey Fulker Editor and wrote Body Work Ashley Hoepf Team leader and wrote The Swan Stephanie Hobe Wrote I Want a Famous Face Aubrey Grif th Wrote Extreme Makeover Erik Heine Wrote the introduction and conclusion Works Cited Bianco R 2004 April 12 There s Nothing Beautiful About The Swan USATODAYcom Retrieved September 29 2004 from httpwwwusatodaycomlifetelevisionreviews2004041 1swanXhtm Extreme Makeover 2004 October 16 Retrieved October 20 2004 from the ABC Makeover Galleries Web site FOX 2004 April 7 The Swan 9001000pm MTV 2004 l WantA Famous Face 1030 pm Researching Culture The Social and Cultural Signi cance of Women s Involvement in Cosmetic Surgery 2004 September 12 Retrieved October 15 2004 from the Yes They re Fake Facial Plastic Surgery Network Web site httpwwwyes theyrefakenet TLC 2004 Body Work 1000 pm Turner L 2004 Cosmetic Surgery the new face ofreality TV BMJ British Medical Journal 328 1208 httn39lahr 10 l lllllllpI r I l II hOWhtm
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