Cosmetic surgeries, body modifications, happiness and mental disorders
By Funmi Peter-Omale
The fact is that these people, men and women obsessed with their physical appearance, have a mental health disorder. And it heals. Mental illnesses are not limited to clinical depression, postpartum depression, anxiety disorders, and bipolar, psychopathic, and sociopathic disorders. (If you want to learn more and understand the different types and symptoms, please google them. You’ll thank me later!)
But seriously, knowledge is power.
In recent times, I have watched with disdain at the rate at which young, middle and even old women in Nigeria are “under the knife” for invasive and often very dangerous cosmetic surgeries.
I’m very disappointed, especially because what’s happening now will ultimately give the next generation the euphoric feeling that they can alter their body parts or how they look and feel under the guise of making themselves “happy.”
Happiness is very relative, subjective and personal.
Cosmetic surgeries and body modifications can give an instant lift, but after a little while you will be looking for the next fix. This is where the problem lies.
For these people, happiness is neither free nor subjective. Happiness is expensive and objective (they deliberately objectified their bodies and in the end will never be satisfied with the results because they will keep looking for other “fixes”!)
Obsessed with your appearance, the appearance of your face, lines, crow’s feet lines, laugh lines, small or droopy eyes, small chin, large or small nose, long or small eyes, flat hips, flat chest, flat ikebe like oyinbo, falling ikebe, this and that.
According to Google, “Body dysmorphic disorder, or body dysmorphia, is a mental health condition in which you spend a lot of time worrying about your appearance. You may have dysmorphic disorder if you worry a lot about how you look. a specific part of your body and that it affects your daily life.
So much so that you start spending unreasonable amounts of time, money, and resources trying to “fix” those flaws. Or do everything possible to hide these “flaws”. Which are not often noticeable to others, by the way.
Unfortunately, the market for body modifications, invasive and non-invasive processes and procedures, is huge. Very huge due to the rise in social media addiction, selfies and the unrealistic ambition to look perfect. Even when nobody and nobody can ever be perfect. Not even KK, the queen of body modifications.
So please spare a thought for people who inject silicone, crush their body organs (especially inconveniencing their lungs) cut their bellies to reduce fat (instead of exercising ) and usually irritatingly try to tamper with their manufacturer’s batches. gave them.
I feel especially sorry for them, because everything, every action has consequences later. Some of these procedures will come to bite them later, one way or another. They are very unhealthy, and some are later harmful to general well-being. And also, as soon as you do one procedure, you start thinking about doing another immediately.
I feel sad for them because the cosmetic procedure market is largely unregulated in most countries, even in developed countries like the UK, USA and other European countries. There are “backdoor cosmetologists” and surgeons to enlarge buttocks and all that.
Lives are lost that you don’t even read or see in the news (unless they’re a celebrity somewhere). These babies who “run” and “connect” every day, some have been marked for life, or even lost their lives.
I think we, as parents, are continually required and tasked to teach our children, every day and every time, the importance of having confidence in themselves and being proud of who they are and what they are. they are.
Self-esteem, self-respect and contentment with who and what they are and will ever be.
Specifically, as parents, we should stop sexualize our children. Because that’s how “hook-up and runs” girls are built.
Let us strive to nurture our daughters and live lives that establish good identities in their lives from which they will never deviate. Whether they’re at home with you, at college, on a sleepover with friends, or married; so be it, we can testify to their integrity and daily conduct in life. Wherever they are or with whom they are. They will be able to resist peer pressure and be good representatives of their parents, as my Yoruba people will say. “Ilé la ti ń kó ẹ̀ṣọ́ r’òde. ”
So be it, for us and for them, “charity begins at home” and results in piety and good behavior outside. May their life be what we can be proud of and boast about, simply by doing good with them.
- Funmi Peter-Omale, journalist and public affairs analyst, writes from London