“The increased popularity of cosmetic surgery to improve physical appearance can likely be attributed to several factors.2 Advances in the medical aspects of cosmetic surgery, from the development of minimally invasive equipment to an increase in the number of physicians offering these procedures, have likely contributed to its growing popularity. Stories on cosmetic surgery regularly appear on television news programs and in the pages of health and beauty magazines. Furthermore, consumers are bombarded by mass media images of beauty on a scale unprecedented in history. The current ideal of female beauty, that of a thin, well-toned, yet big-breasted woman, rarely occurs without restrictive dieting, excessive exercise, and cosmetic surgery. Finally, as a society, we have become more accepting of cosmetic surgery as a means of physical enhancement. “(p.931)

Sarwer DB, Cash TF, Magee L, Williams EF, Thompson JK, Roehrig M et al. (2005) Female college students and cosmetic surgery: an investigation of experiences, attitudes, and body image. Plast Reconstr Surg 115:931-938.

Sarwer et al suggest that the media are influencing the way in which we percieve beauty and that we are growing more accepting as a society of beauty enhancement. Plastic surgery is beginning to become a ‘norm’ within Western culture and the idea of natural beauty is beginning to become a thing of the past. I wanted to show how the mass media and social networking sites are creating the desire to alter our body image.

Here are some of my pictures:

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I used some bandage to cover her eyes and used a dark lip colour to emphasise the element of beauty and the need for perfection.

I also took some other images on the idea of body dysmorphia and changing the body through plastic surgery.

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Using the lines and syringe to suggest that she is being worked on.

I also edited this on Photoshop and gave it a blue hue to add to the connotations of clinical and medical with the blue lights.

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