Final Accessory: More than Makeup, a Look at Cosmetic Surgery

February 23, 2017

Final Accessory
Lifting Up Cosmetic Surgery
Written by: Creative Director and Business Owner
-Nafeesah Hope


           We live in a world where first impressions are a convenient and accountable way of judging character, I know I know, it sounds awful, but it remains true. There's a subconscious perseverance of "ideal self" that women follow by investing into fitness clubs, personal style, and beauty. We knowingly collect a performance of 7-15,000 steps a day, per person, because of the tremendous demand of a younger, leaner body. We consistently view entertainment networks and read trendy magazines to remain ever so "YUMi," in a fast-paced society. But what's a girl to do when lately it seems your House of Dereon clothing, and M.A.C. makeup just aren't sitting right. Literally. Or what if you weren't born with the genetic traits of your favorite runway model or video vixen? You know, voluptuous breasts, fuller sexier lips, big-bright doe eyes, washboard tummy and smooth vibrant skin. Not for nothing, buy it! Why not?

There's no denying it. Cosmetic surgery is no longer for the rich and famous, or for those who were once viewed with "very low self-esteem." It is merely a conventional way to offer a second chance, an opportunity if you will, too defy both calendar days and gravity for years to come. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), there were approximately 9.9 million female cosmetic procedures completed last year with 487,887 patients being "women of color." Yes, that's right Black, Latina, Asian, and other minorities, are opting for procedures that were once deemed "taboo."

There has always been some what of mix feelings, about permanent changes within these groups. All do to procedures that may portray a rejection of ethnic heritage, or altering a feature that may " look white." However, the three most commonly requested cosmetic surgeries varied by ethnic groups:

Blacks: Nose reshaping, liposuction, and breast reduction

Hispanics: Breast augmentation, liposuction, and nose reshaping

Asian Americans: Nose reshaping, eyelid surgery, and breast augmentation

If, as the saying goes, eyes are the window to the soul, wouldn't you want too reveal your true essence, undisguised to the world with a happier self? Regardless of your ethnicity, one must really think about the long-term effects for instant improvement, before making your wish to the "magic cosmetic fairy." Check out the list of prices, and see if this is what you had in mind:

TOP FIVE COSMETIC SURGICAL PROCEDURES

Breast augmentation $3,600
(Augmentation mamaplasty)

Nose reshaping (Rhinoplasty) $3,841

Liposuction $2,750

Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty) $2,877

Tummy Tuck $5,063
(Abdominoplasty)

Ok. So riddle me this. What do you think? The prices aren't too bad and this is something you really want to follow through with right? Give or take a few extra hundred dollars here and there, you believe yourself too be ready. But remember your definition of ideal beauty should be thoroughly researched step by step in a realistic manner. Please do view the following five steps for a successful surgery:

Step 1- Research, Research, Research: I can not express this enough, but I will say this; the more you know, the more confident you will feel about your choice. Use the internet, read tons of books, speak too friends and/or family members who have had cosmetic surgery. Go as far as too asking patients from the particular institute you are interested in, if they would recommend a specific doctor. Nine times out of ten if they're usually willing to contribute such information, they were obviously pleased with the outcome.

Step 2- The Get 2 Gether: This is a cordial discussion with a physician to determine if your desired procedure is appropriate for you; the physician will also share with you the benefits and potential risks of the surgery. Remember to ask your self; am I truly mentally prepared for such a journey? And what expectations do I have for myself?

Step 3 - Money in the Bank: Weigh your options; are you financially ready for this surgery to dictate your future?


Would this procedure place a burden of debt on your shoulders and those near and dear too you? Surprisingly enough, women
with an annual household income of less than $30,000 were opt to using monies on cosmetic procedures. In an article titled: NIP & Tuck Values by author Dennis Leap, he mentions that "since medical insurance does not normally cover the costs, the answer is credit cards and loans." In the voice of the late James Brown- Please, Please, Please make sure this procedure will make you, not break you!

Step 3- Relax, Relate, Release: It is very important to schedule your procedure during a time you know you can fully relax. Perhaps a long holiday weekend or some of those extra hours you accumulated at work for personal days.

Step 4- Expression: This is the time to express any discomfort or uncertainty with the healing of your body to your physician. Try not to be too much of a worry wart, rejuvenation takes time and if your mind is at ease, the rest of your body will be thankful.

Step 5- Feeling good: You've successfully healed and it was all worth it. Your clothes are hugging all of the right places, you seem to walk with your head up higher (not too high, you wouldn't want a complete stranger to take a pin and deflate your ego)you are definelently living pretty and "fabulush" and that's all that matters.

You have the right, to alter your own body in any manner you see fit- whether it be skin tone (makeup) facial features (cosmetic surgery) or even sexual identity! In a world of diversified beauty, love of self has no boundaries. You were placed here on this planet to be the best you can be, and to contribute to the world in a positive manner. Remember life is your creation, do not let anyone define who you are, who you want to be and who you will become. Love yourself and live life.

Peace & Prosperity,

Nafeesah Hope


Work Cited

Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_surgery

Plastic Surgery Article
http://www.webmd.com/content/article/120/113628.ht m

Ethnic Plastic Surgery is Catching On!
http://www.emediawire.com/releases/2005/11/prweb31 4107.htm

Eisemann Cosmetic Day Surgery Center: Certain Steps
http://www.cosmeticsurgeryhouston.com/steps_to_get ting_plastic_surgery.htm

Household incomes
http://www.thetrumpet.com/index.php?page=article&i d=2864

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