As time progresses, technologies develop and media sources expand, people tend to become more materialistic in order to keep up with the swelling material economy around them. Faster, more efficient, more productive, and especially sexier models of everything are coming out, from computers to cell phones to music devices ...and to people.
Some say people are being sold out, marketed, upgraded, and analyzed like the machines around them. Cosmetic surgery fits right into this slot, as far as most opinions are concerned. People being cut up, filled up, sucked thin, and pulled tight is an unpleasant concept for many, epitomizing the advancement of self-image for the shallow purposes - advancement in sex, society and business. But for a gross exhibition of our decline of morality, it scores extremely well. The fact remains that just last year, 11.5 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States alone. With plastic surgery usually priced at thousands of dollars per procedure, Americans spent a total of approximately $12.4 billion last year. That's a hefty market to consider, and an amazing output of interest from a public with such negative opinions of the practice. So why is it happening?
These people want to look in the mirror at the end of the day and see the physical representation of the strong, shining individuals they work so hard to become mentally. And cosmetic surgery can give them that. Is it a crime?
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