On Twitter, many of the comments relate to problems of body positivity and media pressure. A woman who lost her aunt called for others to “learn to love yourself before social media makes you feel like you aren’t enough.” Dara Greenwood, PhD, on Psychology Today agrees that social media pressure fuels body modification, with new beauty ideals “ricocheting from celebrities and influencers to regular people” and back again — specifically targeting women.

But for a moment, let’s take a step back and consider body modifications in general. Why do we sanction some kinds of surgical changes over others? What role does gender play not just in the risks, but also in our perception and judgement of them?

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