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BN Hot Topic: Death by Beauty – The Darker Side of Plastic Surgery



Who doesn’t want to be beautiful? The face of Halle Berry and the body of Beyonce matched with the all round charm and charisma of Michelle Obama! Every woman wants heads to turn and remain fixed on her as soon as she enters the room, the trail of her foot steps keeping men entertained for hours.

Sadly, despite our individual versions of beauty, not all of us are satisfied with our God given features. Short people want to be taller, fat people want to be slimmer, some girls want to be lighter and most of us want to be ‘endowed’ in one way or the other. Thankfully, there are conventionally acceptable ways available to enhance our features every now and again. The right shade of foundation and make-up can cover unsightly spots and make us look like mini goddesses, regular trips to the gym can take that 48 inch waist down to 28, and the right kind of hair style can turn many women into beauty queens over night.

However, not every one is satisfied with these easily available methods. For some, some form of surgical procedure is necessary. A nose job here, a little nip and tuck there and “abrakadabra’ the metamorphosis is complete.

Unfortunately not all of these procedures have happy endings. There are various stories of botched surgical operations done by half baked doctors, complications from the surgery and in extreme cases the untimely demise of patients. Recently, the surgical and beauty enhancement world was thrown into shock when the story of the young lady of Nigerian decent, who sadly passed away after complications from an alleged illegal buttocks enhancement surgery, was released in the media.

According to various media outlets, the young lady (about 20 years old) suffered chest pains after receiving silicone jabs to increase the curve of her buttocks and later died in hospital. The sad story has promoted many people to speak out against plastic surgery and its impact on the younger generation.

I discussed this with a few of my friends and we all agreed that it is time for us to begin to reevaluate why plastic surgery is becoming a necessary option for so many, before unfortunate stories like the one above become rife. So, what do you think is responsible for the rise in plastic surgery procedures? Are we taking unnecessary risks with our lives or is the above case, just an unfortunate isolated incidence? Are there safer, less invasive ways of achieving desired results? Should more efforts be made to make public, safer routes and procedures (i.e. accredited doctors and procedures) readily available? Or should women just be satisfied with the body they are given and work within its confines? Should we learn to appreciate every curve, flat, bulging or otherwise?

What do you think? Let’s discuss!

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  1. kenny

    April 29, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    I think we should be satisfy with the way God made us,I hope am 1st!

    • Joohls

      April 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

      yes you’re first. send me all your bank details so i can send your prize *rubs palm together*

  2. cathy

    April 29, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    i wonder when people talk about beauty, the first thing that comes to mind is the physical attributes. beauty is a all rounder. i have seen many a beautiful unmarried babes so what the heck!!!

    • Blossom

      April 29, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      Everyone has a right to their own opinion. I will definitely get a nose job if I could afford it. Not because I’m insecure but because I’d just like it to look nicer than it does right now. No big deal. I wouldn’t do a boob job because the look and feel of fake boobs is usually quite obvious. Also, a boob job might require several subsequent visits to the surgeon and I can’t bear so much pain in my lifetime. 🙂

    • SeunD

      April 29, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      nose jobs are also very obvious O_O

    • loretta .o.

      May 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm


  3. cathy

    April 29, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    i meant to say beauty is all rounder, and people should learn to be able comfortable in their skin. love ur body and you’d be better for it.

  4. Tari

    April 29, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Its insecurity that makes people do these things. God created people differently. The earlier ladies realise this and be happy with their God given bodies, the better. Exercie, eat right, pursue your dreams and be happy with yourself n God.

  5. LL

    April 29, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    The rise in plastic surgery is just simply a result of our focus on external satisfaction and the approval of humans. More and more, we are becoming slaves to what the wordl dictates and many times do not know where to draw the line even when we are harming ourselves. What’s funny is that we have become so much of consumers that people have careers based on our empty thoughts. Most young women are misguided and have a failed sense of direction. I hope women will support and encourage one another towards more meaningful lives.

  6. dewowo

    April 29, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Dr Ray of ‘E’ who is a successful cosmetics surgeon said the problem why pple who has been through the process once keep coming again and again is simply because they have unseen and indebt emotional trauma which affects their physical look.
    Surgeons are trained not to express their fears of any procedures, needful to mention they have to do a procedure again and again to be a master of the game just like any trade. so if u are unlucky like our ex-president’s wife (SO) to mention a few, u are left to tell ur story in hell.
    i don’t care how beautiful or ugly u r, if what we see is limited to only the physical, then u urgently need multiple surgeries of the mind and soul!

  7. honey koko

    April 29, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Lets b honest here,a lot of people will undergo surgery if only dey can afford it. I think dia shld b more awareness abt accredited surgeons so dat people can find dem if dey need dem.if we say “embrace ur body,love wat u ve no matter wat”,we all know its impossible.People ,especially women always want to look better.

  8. chi chi

    April 29, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    The media, holly wood, society’s unfair and insane attachment to physical appearances, and our vanity, are to blame. We can pretend all we want here, but more often than not, nobody give a fig about “plain” people , even your family, friends and loved ones. Its very unfortunate really, but i believe that ‘love’ is the way. real, honest, unconditional love. for ourselves, our friends & lovers, children, husbands, wives, E.T.C, because, i think that it is the deep craving for love that make us do these things (not that it guarantees your getting the love). Other things can also make us more valuable to ourselves and the people around us, like success, good health, integrity, and a good heart. Just my opinions

  9. honey koko

    April 29, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    As for me,i ve a drop dead body after one child.i love d way people get shocked wen dey realise i ve a child.I’m working on having another child n i know my tummy mite get bigger.i plan on getting a tummy tuck,my fear is finding a good surgeon n hoping dat i can afford one.Having said dat,i will never go to a quack just cos its cheaper,will wait until i can afford a sound surgeon.

    • faith

      April 29, 2011 at 4:42 pm

      totally agree with you.

    • molarah

      May 1, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      Methinks the gym/diet way is best route back to the flat tummy. I’ve seen lots of women who have had many kids and still retain their shape without the surgery (did u know adesuwa [can’t remember the surname, nta veteran] had 7 kids but the lady is so lovely and trim). To me, surgeries of this type are an unnecessary evil.

  10. K!

    April 29, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I totally agree with Tari. We should all learn to be content and secure in ourselves cos we were all wonderfully & beautifully made. However, there are safer, less invasive ways of achieving desired results. I believe we can use make up to enhance beauty instead of gambling with our lives. The risk is totally unnecessary.

  11. dazzle

    April 29, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    It all boils down to low self esteem, from the obsession over a gucci bag to botox to laser treatments and the likes. Women have become so vain. I say love yourself and the skin you are in!

    I love the part of the bible that says I am fearfully and wonderfully made! To hell with 90210

  12. faith

    April 29, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    i do not see any thing wrong with trying to look better….just go to d proffesionals so u wont get complications…chikina!!!

  13. omg!

    April 29, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Real honesty! Am with you. Please share the info when you find one. Just 1 child and I too need a tummy tuck and breast lift sef. When you look good, you feel give= self-confidence.

  14. omg!

    April 29, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    ment to say; when you look good, you feel good!

  15. Chibaby

    April 29, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    I think people should realize we make up society. If society says Halle Berry is the most beautiful woman in the world just because of her looks. You too can change what society thinks is beautiful. But all I want to change about my body right now is my tummy. It need to be just flat.

  16. Ytee

    April 29, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    I am of the opinion that we were not all created clones of Adam and Eve for a reason: diversity. So who decides what beauty is? It is now slim, tall, and light- complexioned by the media. In the 16th century, well proportioned ladies were all the rage. I see myself as a gift to the world to make it a better place and try my utmost to view everyone else the same way. That always reminds me of the fundamentals and minimises focus on what the world currently defines beauty to be. Be the best you can be and keep your body in overall good health and looks and you will be amazed how hot you look to everyone around!

  17. LOLA

    April 29, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Yes, it is a quick fix and even I sometimes want to take that route! But the question is, where and when do you stop? A friend spent over $16,000 on a couple of procedures including lipo, and a few years down the road and she’s put on crazy weight and all that moeny which she could have spent on a personal trainer is wasted. My point is, it is not the best long term solution. A total lifestyle change can gaurantee a safer and more lasting solutions to most problems and overall change in your health. This includes a dedication to an exercise routine even as simple as regular walks and a change in diet, it’s not easy but trust me you’re better of.

  18. LOLA

    April 29, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    better off!

  19. Truth B Told

    April 29, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    The fact is that not everyone will be beautiful, but any one can be attractive.

    This plastic surgery thing is beginning to really catch on among the nuevea rich in Nigeria. But any intelloigent person would see plastic surgery for what it is – ‘plastic’ beauty.

    You know you have a problem when you start to resemble a doll-baby, and your mouth breaks a smile a full two minutes after your eyes light up.

    In Naija, we have our own type of plastic surgery though it is non-instrusive. It is not even ‘key-hole’ surgery. It is called ‘pocket-hole’ surgery, because it costs a fortune. With this surgery, the patient acquires fake weave, expensive pan-cake make-up and expensive cosmetics to make her look glam.

    Some of us Nigerian girls need to concentrate on personal hygeine, and we would come out looking sparkling.

    1. Do not leave your hair unwashed or so unkempt that you need to ‘scratch’ it with biro cover in public because it itches like crazy
    2. Do not over perm your mullet so much that you start to have a receding hairline popularly known as ‘Mama Iyabo’
    3. Find a good shampoo for your hair; no one wants to see dry flaky scalps, that look like bad Frosties.
    4. Exercise – if not to sculpt your body, but to be in good health. Nigerian food is calorie-laden. One plate of poundo and egusi does as much damage as a super whooper. The gym in the National Stadium is free or costs a mere token. Join a Zomba class if you are in Abuja with friends for motivation. Or buy a Taebo DVD – it works like crazy
    5. Do not wear clothes just because the buyers featured on LPM are wearing them too. Wear what suits your body type and complexion. If you are ‘orobo’, please do not wear short or tight stuff. If you de rock K-leg, please make you stay away from jeggings.
    6. Please lubricate your lips with a quality balm especially during harmattan. Abeg, do not wear lipstick on top of cracked lips. You would resemble ‘new masquerade’
    7. Please use a deodorant, and keep your arm-pits shaven. I was at a wedding in Lekki, and this chick wore a halter-neck dress. The hair under her armpit was like Boy Alinco’s own. Mba nu!
    If you have a sweating problem, choose a good anti-pespirant. Leave all those fancy names like Malizia. Gilette, Nivea and Sure make some good ones – get a roll on instead of a spray.
    8. Babes please watch those scuffed knees and elbows. We alk know that you were a truant in boarding school and the house prefect punished you well well, by telling you to ‘kneel down and hands up’, but try na. It is worrysome when you see a chick with Monalisa’s complexion on her face, but with knees the color of Jenifa.
    9. Stay away from the Tura or any other bleaching creams. Black is beautiful.
    10. Try to get rest, sleep and ‘outlet’ hobbies (like swimming, going to the cinema, strolling etc.)

    • ify

      April 30, 2011 at 3:15 am

      oh my goodness u are too funny;i don laugh tire

  20. gbeborun

    April 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Gone are the days when people secretly had plastic surgery to look beautiful but now its as if people are proud of it,but the bottom line is that it doesn’t make you look beautiful you just end up looking like you have had work done and then you need to get more and more work done till it destroys you, before you spend a dime on plastic first spend that money on therapist and see if you still need it.

  21. Rania

    April 29, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    Nothing wrong with a little bit of help if it makes you feel better and you can afford it- there are some parts of your body no amount of exercise will improve- it is all about finding the right surgeon and doing research before selecting your surgeon; a surgeon who cares will tell you whether or not you really need to have surgery. I had liposuction on to reduce my bum more than a month ago and I have never been happier!

  22. funmi

    April 29, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    bella look 4 something new 2 discuss pls. this story is sooo old and stale. thw thing happened since february wen claudia adeseye aderotimi died from d illegal butt injection. and has since been buried. we’ve discussed this on other websites dat featured the story sinceeeeeeee…. YAAAAAAAAWWWWWWNNNN!!!!

    • LOLA

      April 30, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Yawn actually, but at your comment. As you can see, others are participating in this topic so if you’re bored with the topic, go somewhere else and discuss clothes perhaps!

  23. dami O

    April 30, 2011 at 1:02 am

    @ truth to be told nice advices some are quiet funny lol … as for me i would love to do lipo as am too lazy to work on my tummy as slim as i am ( size 10-12) i thank God i dont look like am on my way to labour … have been to gym once and i hated it so i haven’t been back i heard ZUMBA dvd is a good exercise video and it fun too i guy i will try that

  24. Obi

    April 30, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I’m overweight (fat tummy) and mine is not a result of over-eating but from not being as active as I was a few years ago. My answer is not a tummy tuck, though the effect would be lovely. Instead of going for the quick fix, why not exercise and the rest of your body will benefit also. As for the nose and butt jobs … unless you cannot breathe well with your current nose, please don’t go looking for another; and the butt … your beauty is unique, find the right clothes to enhance it and the right man to appreciate it. You and only you has the power to build or bash your self confidence. DO NOT GIVE THAT POWER TO ANOTHER. If you don’t think you are beautiful just the way you are, you’ve a long way to go.

  25. Kilonsparkles

    April 30, 2011 at 3:22 am

    Let people do what they want, surgery or not, it’s your life. If you want something changed, do it! God didn’t give us body and make us sign promissory notes not to alter anything. If your nose makes you absolutely miserable, then change it.

    However, be aware of the side effects of having such procedures done. Plastic surgery is ELECTIVE surgery, meaning it’s like giving someone a kidney. You choose to do it. If you can bear the risks of donating a kidney, the you can have surgery. Consult several surgeons, up to six, and don’t just rush into anything. Examine their practice and make sure of their quality. Lastly, spare no expense. Don’t go the cheaper route to save 10kobo when you may lose your life!

  26. asa

    April 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    We all know 9ja doesn’t do anything in moderation once the quick fix plastic surgery fever gets into 9ja there will be surgeons in every corner people shouldn’t forget that we lost first lady stella obasanjo to tummy tuck, eat healthy, exercise and most importantly no amount of plastic surgery will make you truly love yourself if you don’t already love yourself.

  27. Timma

    April 30, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Loving yourself to me is the key, not trying to look like someone else.We should stop trying to play God, yes i wish my tummy could go back to being flat,firm and without stretch marks but having two lovely boys is worth it, i just have to make do with bio-oil and cocoa butter !

  28. Purpleicious Babe

    April 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Nice article… I say the reason behind the increase for cosmetics surgery is mainly due to key factors such as marketing and media..
    U see the concept of cosmetics beauty has evolved over the years from queen of Egypt to this very 21st century.. The concept has been fuelled with the likes of fashion and marketing to desire the perfect shape, body, size, face etc.. Sadly, marketing is part of our everyday lives and affects the psychological minds..

    It is easy to say people suffer from insecurities that is why they do it, Yes I agree to an extent. Some of these insecurities go way back into childhood, family issues etc.. it is something that has haunted some people for so long and now that surgery is available for cosmecitcs purposes.. We jump at it… it is our saviour now..

    Forget God natural creation or natural beauty.. people dont wana know, they just want to feel good according to marketing, media, fashions, celebraties etc.. Thus, we see a rise in young/ teenagers using cosmetic surgery as a way of feeling better… Fact is, we live in an imperfect world with increase in VANITY everyday.. It is a shame that humans have used surgery to correct their nose or boobs because it does not feel right or they do not like it..

    Watching a lot of documentaries made me realise that beauty is a personal thing, everyone can define beauty but it is still remains a personal thing because we see the world differently.. This particular documentary on channel 4 called BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.. featured people that had to use surgery to save their lives and body due to infirmities etc and other ones that are cosmetics devotees who by all means want and crave to do all sort to look and feel perfect…
    What I draw from this documentary is that the world is really vain and the ones that will suffer the blames most are the ones society as rejected as not beautiful or referred to as ugly. Now, people with disfigurement have to go through society suffering all sort of abuse, negative criticism because of their physical appearance, despite all the surgery done to fix it all..
    All I can say is we will never feel perfect no matter the amount of cosmetics surgery we go for.. Perfection comes from accepting the imperfect things about urself that makes u who u are and nobody else.. Now my friends, that takes grace, guts, confidence, support, God to stand out and stand firm..
    Nevertheless, People need to stop abusing cosmetics surgery for selfish reasons jor, that is why we see untimely death.. Besides, they have too much money to waste when people are dying of hunger daily… As for that Nigerian lady, I can’t imagine the thoughts running through her mind to consider such…

    The wonders of the world will never cease to AMAZE ME…

    I watch a lot of documentaries. as in alot of them and I see the variatiosn and between people that will do anything for a comestic surgey.. it is sad, but it makes me grateful to God for the ways he created me and for me to love and appreciate myself.. Cos someone will kill to have my assets.. Nevertheless, I can write all day about what and why etc(cos am a deep person).. The reality, is the world is coming to an end and vanity is on the rise.. so I can only keep praying that people can actually see the joy in looking different and being different..

    The most recent documentary I watched on cosmetics surgey is about comestics addicts and people with disfurgement.. quite a touching story just makes u appreciate we cant have it all.. Pefections does not come from looking good, it comes from accpeting who u are and loving it for all the right reasons.. and when anyone

    • realtruth

      May 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm

      Not to worry, nobody noticed its hella long!!

  29. Purpleicious Babe

    April 30, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    ok.. looks like i forgot to delete the last two paragraphs…… shame

  30. the chikoo

    April 30, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    @truth be told u ‘ve said it all.

  31. Andrea

    April 30, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Well first i must say that it’s a wonderful feeling for you to walk into a room and be noticed because you look ravishing. it is also true that beauty is also what you have on the inside and your character, but i believe, it is a combination of both your physical looks and your character. the truth is that everyone would like to be told that they are beautiful and see a thing of beauty when they look in the mirror. it is not surprising that many go to great lengths like carrying out multiple surgical procedures on themselves just to look beautiful because the world in which we live in appreciates beauty. like it or not, beautiful people get more attention and find it easier to get things (especially when they have brains to go with their beauty) than those who aren’t so much physically attractive. THIS IS JUST THE SIMPLE TRUTH. You could say a beautiful person is treated better that one who is not so much attractive, in the society. Am really not so much in support of surgeries as a means to attain beauty because 1. they tend to go wrong sometimes and leave one scarred for life. 2. Most of them involve multiple procedures and visits to the hospital, coupled with the pains. 3. Many people who have them can never be satisfied. it can start with a nose job, if that goes well, then you start finding faults in every part of your body. you realize your boobs are too small, then you have breast enlargement or augmentation done, then you have botox, then tommy tuck and it goes on and on, especially when you are financially buoyant. You realize that at the end, these people have virtually changed their entire physical attribute. So, what natural attributes do they have? i think the best way to enhance your beauty is to go for those means that are as natural or non life threatening as possible like exercise, finding the make up that best suits you, diet. Medical practitioners should also be able to give advice on better means of improving one’s physical appearance other than surgical operations. Why scar yourself, risk your life and health to get a part of you changed when you can simply improve it? we are in a modern age, other means should be sought. That’s also one of the uses of the internet.

  32. debora

    May 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

    i think we need to fear god coz he is the one who made us the way we are, love your self nd you will never think of surgery as we knw to love your self is the greatest love of all.

  33. aigee

    May 3, 2011 at 6:24 am

    personally i’d get a boob job too . it’s all about being happy with who you are. if having the cosmetic surgery will make someone feel better then it’s their decision alone. though the decision comes with risks at the end of the day it’s worth it. so people shouldn;t judge those who have had cosmetic surgeries because you never know the humilation such a person must have gone through before

  34. BB

    May 3, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    the question is when we get old what would we do? why dont we just be happy with what God has given us and age gracefully.

  35. Dazzle

    May 4, 2011 at 10:58 am


  36. Obi

    May 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    I listened to an interview with 2 docs and they were talking about fat, BMI, liposuction, hip/thigh surgery, exercise, risks of tummy fat, etc. If you take off fat from your thighs & butts you gain it back again but not down there. It comes back to your stomach area. Thats a FACT. Only solution … constant exercise & diet change to stop the weight from coming back at all, and of course your stomach is spared. If you think about it, why then will I have surgery and then have to exercise & eat less anyway just to have the same effect as exercise and/ or diet? As for the scars … another story. Breast surgery … I just heard of an old woman who wants to do breast reduction because the enlargement she did in her youth is now impacting her health plus the stretch on her aged skin. Think twice before you do cosmetic surgery or even any surgery at all. BE WELL INFORMED of the risks involved. Do your homework. The doc is not legally required to tell you every single risk involved. If you come well informed, then you get the answers you deserve. Its your life. Guard it!!!

  37. amaryllis

    May 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    all i ve to say is be urself,n make sure u research properly b4 going thru any cosmetic procedures cos dere re alot of quacks

  38. Chiichii

    July 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    its about you and what you believe.i personally have some natural things on me that most people will go to the hospital to change but i dont care one bit about what people think about them cos i still have a lot of admirers and am still counting.So if anyone thinks he/she is not good enough ,anyway ,sorry about that cos only you can show yourself.

  39. Kingtmo

    July 24, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    @ Truth B Told – You hit so many points in your brief yet informative paragraph. I think that your words should be printed and used as a manual for these women lacking those basic concepts when it comes to the upkeep of their looks.

    I am still laughing about the Lekki Halter Top disaster – Such a disgrace.

  40. chioma

    August 15, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    the fact is dis u are what u believe. BEAUTY is innate. d female n male should learn to appreciate themselves . as for me i still am still very shapy n attractive after 4 kids.

  41. Trojan

    August 24, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Apart from surgery to correct an accident or birth defect, no amount of surgery makes you any beautiful than you are. Beauty, they say is in the eyes of the beholder. Anything fake is not beautiful.

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