Although we discussed our latest article in class there wasn’t much of a class discussion. Perhaps now that your opinions can be some what anonymous I thought the article could be a great topic for discussion. The first thing that I found to be interesting…..who pays thousands of dollars to have their calf muscles enlarged? Of all things to have surgery on, calves would have never crossed my mind. Also, I was surprised to hear that Dr. didn’t keep medical records in their computers since insurance companies didn’t cover cosmetic surgeries. It appears more of a reason to keep records.
The author made a valid point by stating the medical system benefits from the society’s standard view of beauty. A few examples would be plastic surgery, liposuction, Botox, diet pills and the list could continue.
How is it that cosmetic eye surgery is more common in Korea than the US? I would have thought this type of surgery would be frowned upon. It never crossed my mind to think an Asian American appears sleepy or dull because of the shape of their eyes. My personal thoughts are that the shape of Asian eyes appear exotic or unique, a positive feature. To think that an Asian American would decide to have cosmetic eye surgery I would have to believe it is to appear more Americanized, not to veer away from the negative views. How does performing the surgery create a change in social light? Receive eye surgery and become more prestigious…really????? To top it off the Dr. tells their patients they are treating a medical condition of “excessive fat”