• In Defense of Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

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    August 2011

    Yup, I’m sick of it.

    I’m tired of being bashed for doing cosmetic plastic surgery.  Okay, maybe I’m not being bashed on a personal level, but I’m amazed at how many people, actresses, celebrities and other people say, “Well, I’m not against free choice, but I personally would never get Botox or breast implants or any kind of cosmetic surgery.”

    I also find it more than a little amusing that the people who are swearing off any kind of cosmetic surgery or procedures are 1) still quite young and 2) very naturally beautiful.  It’s easy to spout off about cosmetic surgery when keeping your figure still comes pretty easily and when you weren’t born with a giant nose that’s three times too big for your face.

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    Kate Winslet

    British beauty Kate Winslet and the equally gorgeous Rachel Weisz have formed the “British Anti-Cosmetic Surgery League” vowing along with Emma Thompson (older, yes, but still way ahead of most women in the beauty department) to never succumb to the temptation of cosmetic surgery or Botox.

    That’s all well and good, but I’d love to hear from these ladies in 20 or 30 more years to see if they still feel the same way.  And what do they have to say to the women who weren’t born lucky enough to be Hollywood beautiful?  Sorry, but you just have to live with it?  C’mon.

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    Rachel Weisz

    Well, someone has to defend cosmetic plastic surgery, so it may as well be me.  There are several reasons why I approve of cosmetic plastic surgery that extend beyond my own vested interest of making a living.  After reading my rebuttal, feel free to leave your own comments below.

     

    1. Where do you draw the line between acceptable vanity and unacceptable vanity?– You shower, bathe and get regular hair cuts.- You color your hair to be lighter, darker, more dramatic, or to hide the grays.

      – You spend large amounts of money on skin care products and eye creams.

      – You wear cosmetics.

      – You buy and wear flattering clothing.

      – You pay a fortune for your kids to have straight teeth.Why are these things acceptable but cosmetic surgery, which actually works, is not?

    2. Do you know that the entire skin care industry is lying to you?– Over-the-counter skin care products don’t work.  At best, they don’t work that well.- Regardless of how expensive they are, your face will still sag and wrinkle.

      – Women spend an average of $24,000 over their lifetimes fighting wrinkles, and yet, the wrinkles keep coming.

      – Liz Jones, another Brit, recently wrote about her revelation regarding the skin care industry and facelifts.  It’s a fantastic read.  Check it out.

    3.  What exactly is your definition of cosmetic surgery and cosmetic appearance?

     

    – You have NO CLUE about cosmetic surgery until you’ve seen and diagnosed some of the things I’ve seen.  Tuberous breast deformity, large noses out of proportion to beautiful faces,  cleft lip scars from childhood that need revision, breast reconstruction after mastectomy, etc.  Are these people just supposed to suck it up and like it?

    – If you get healthy and lose 50-100 pounds, should you just live with the extra skin hanging from your body?

    – Working out and watching what you eat will fix things?  Uh, no.  You probably don’t realize exactly how hard that is.  Even if you’re a lifestyle freak, you’ll still end up with loose skin.

    – You’re really siding with the health insurance companies on this one?    They also think that these things shouldn’t be paid for.

    As you can see, I think there are a multitude of valid reasons for people to pursue cosmetic surgery.  Even if someone doesn’t have a deformity or an unsightly scar but simply wants to feel better about themselves, what’s wrong with that?

    Our society sends a relentless dichotomous message, especially to women; Grow old, but don’t age. Look beautiful, but don’t try too hard.  Finding the right balance is the ultimate challenge.  Cosmetic surgery is simply one more tool (albeit the most consistently effective tool) in our pursuit of our best selves.

     

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