This paper, therefore, looks at the major reasons why a large number of individuals resort to the black market for cosmetic surgical procedures, including affordable procedures on the black market and more important given to cost than the quality of the procedures. This paper will include a brief discussion of the feminist view of cosmetic surgery.Recently, the demand for cosmetic surgery of all sorts has risen considerably. A larger number of people are demanding cosmetic surgery, and they are pursuing it more openly and to a greater extent. The dramatic growth in cosmetic surgery has brought about a major reaction. Laws were made to make it more difficult to acquire cosmetic surgery, laws which negatively affected those who actually required cosmetic surgery (Holliday Taylor 181). It has also encouraged cosmetic surgery procedures underground, which implies that a huge number of people come to urban areas trying to acquire cosmetic surgery on the black market. The growth in cosmetic surgery in the past decades can be attributed to two reasons (Mohr A17): (1) cosmetic surgical technologies have become more affordable, more secure, more flexible and more easily accessible on the black market. and, (2) cosmetic surgery has given people the chance to experience having another body or a drastically improved appearance.Americans spend huge amounts of money on cosmetic surgery. As reported by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, “Americans spent nearly $10.7 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2010” (Palser 27). This involves cosmetic surgical procedures, like liposuction to get rid of undesirable fat, nose reconstruction, facelifts, and breast augmentation. It also involves nonsurgical cosmetic procedures, like laser hair removal and facial cleansing. The vast majority of all procedures were done on women. Some individuals pay for reconstructive plastic surgery.
The Cosmetic Surgery