Every person has a natural look. They are born with a certain look. According to Buddhism this is because of what “karma” you did in the previous life. Whatever the reason is, some are not happy with the way they look. When they are old enough to do something about it, they resort to various medical procedures to change that look. However there are many stories of when things go wrong, and at times it had gone horribly wrong. Not only due to this danger, but also due to many other reasons also, some vehemently reject the premise of changing a natural look with artificial means.
What sorts of things are available?
With the development of science and technology the medical and ornamental medicinal professionals have innovated many ways to keep people looking great. Some processes are simple; they are cheap, can be done in a short period of time and don’t have many adverse side effects. Whereas some can be serious and if gone wrong, even result in death. There are methods to enhance things and reduce things; if you feel you will look more beautiful with breast augmentation you can get that done. If you think you can have a better look with longer hair, you can grow hair in a very short period of time. You can be fairer and leaner with this sort of methods and completely change the way you look.
Medical procedures for cosmetic enhancements have positive aspects as well. There are people who face horrible accidents; it could be that they lose a limb or burn some skin. Prosthetics is now developed to an enhanced stage where an artificial limb can be attached. Cosmetics surgeries are quite adapt in treating skin burns, where they take skin from a different place in the body, mostly from the thigh, and graft in the burnt place. This is very helpful as burn marks can look hideous on a person and if the accident is not due to your own fault that person can feel very bad about it. But fortunately these steps now exist. Even though open to questions, these procedures can be used to evade ethnic bias too. If someone is feeling like they are subtly coerced by the society to be someone else, there is this solution of falling back too.
Is it unethical?
Considering all this, the question arises, is it unethical then, to do all this? Of course anyone has the right to do recourse to a breast implant in Bangkok or a Botox treatment if they want to. At times it may seem like people are going too far with it; but the question rises, where to draw the line? So whilst it may seem senseless to seek the help of cosmetic surgeries to look extraordinary, at times such as an unexpected accident, especially to a young person, this branch of medicine can be of real help.
Any individual has the right to do whatever they see fit, to improve the way they look. but it is your own duty to know when and where to draw that fine line.