These days, body acceptance can be found at the end of a scalpel. Is it worth it?
Now more than ever, headlines about celebrity plastic surgeries are positive, supporting the bold decision to go under the knife, promoting the latest transformational trends. Deciding to get plastic surgery is hardly considered controversial anymore.
The prime example of public figures relaying the ever-changing body standards reside within the Kardashian family, sex symbols of the valued feminine body. The Kardashians set a prominent and lasting cultural influence on the 21st century, establishing voluptuous curves and a minuscule waist. Surgeries have since advanced to women’s high demands for this contemporary appearance. New technologies and techniques, such as fat transfers, have been instantly favored by many.
Fat transfer is defined by Ridenour Plastic Surgery as “the process of using the patient’s own fat to increase the volume of fat in another area of the body.” For those who seek an hourglass shape, doctors use liposuction to take fat from unwanted areas, such as the stomach, thighs, or hips. That fat is then grafted onto breasts or the buttocks (popularly known as a Brazilian Butt Lift). Although the results look promising, it is important to research the facts before taking any surgical risk.
Though the procedure seems like a miracle solution for those who would change their figures, there can be unfortunate setbacks. There is the ever-present chance of fat embolisms—blockages of blood supply that result in life-threatening implications. Dr. Manny Alvarez told Fox News, “If this complication occurs, the patient may experience an onset of symptoms quite suddenly. These include irregular heartbeat, trouble breathing, and fever.”
Although uncommon, it’s also possible the procedure could cause “small hemorrhages in the neck, shoulders, or armpits since the fat may be blocking blood vessels in these areas.” Such a permanent and strenuous procedure also runs the risk of creating unavoidable cellulite or an asymmetrical look. These side effects and possible dissatisfaction with the final outcome are undoubtedly unsettling and often cause potential clients to second-guess dropping thousands of dollars.
At the same time that surgical options are evolving, society is becoming more body inclusive; several body types are finally being celebrated by the media. Gone are the days where millennials strove to look like stick-thin supermodels. Altered images aside, we must continue to embrace our beautiful imperfections that make each of us unique, necessary for a progressive society.