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Scholars Day 2006, Wednesday, April 12

The Plastic Surgery Obsession

The immense value that modern American society places upon physical appearance, sexuality, and youth has spawned a revolution – the plastic surgery obsession. At the same time, the recent media craze, influenced by celebrities and television shows, perpetuate the public’s fascination with radical cosmetic surgery. However, the field of plastic surgery has not always been at the forefront of the aesthetic enhancement empire. Over the past eighty years, plastic surgery has metamorphosed from its origins as a restorative tool for disfigured soldiers to a national cosmetic phenomenon for the general public. On the surface, one may deem the post-operative psychological and physical benefits to be obvious. Nonetheless, one must also be able to determine when the potential for surgical perfection can be self-destructive.

Presenter: Elizabeth Delorme (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: English
Location: 122 Hartwell
Time: 4 pm (Session V)