Cosmetic Surgery At Its Worst

It saddens my heart to hear of the death of Donda West, mother of superstar recording artist Kanye West, following cosmetic surgery. Donda West was a 58 year old former chairwoman of Chicago State University’s English department, who had been managing her son’s career since 2004. She recently released a book entitled Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar.

On Friday, November 9, Donda West underwent surgery for a tummy tuck and a breast reduction. Although reports claim that surgery was not a factor, she stopped breathing the following day and was transported to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead. While there is much speculation regarding the cause of death, it is difficult to ignore what likely caused her complications. Incidents similar to this one are routinely reported year after year, yet there appear to be no signs that elective cosmetic surgery has gone out of style. Or, more importantly, that the risks are deadly. Instead the process is glamorized and brings about the likes of reality tv shows and other mediums designed to provide a false since of hope, at best.

One medium, however, has responded. The Discovery Health cable network has pulled the series “Plastic Surgery: Before and After” from its lineup. The show was hosted by Donda West’s surgeon, Dr. Jan Adams. But wait, the final episode of that show aired back in June, after a five year stint. Gee, that was a novel idea.

Now many of you may be thinking that the risks of cosmetic surgery are too low to spark major concern. For some, that may be true. But why play russian roulette with your life? This becomes particularly disturbing given some of the areas people elect to have cosmetic surgery on. Take a listen to the folks over at The View.

Bottom line: life is about choices. Whether a tummy tuck or removal of wrinkles and fine lines, surgery is surgery and comes with risks. Before making that choice, consider alternatives that work from the inside out. Proper diet and exercise are always a good start. And, there’s nothing wrong with working with what your mama gave ya….


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