HaHa, just kidding!... maybe....
I used to think plastic surgery was ridiculously shallow in people that had no real need for it (like being attacked by pitbulls or getting into auto accidents, etc).
I live in an area where everyone seems to be getting something done, rhinoplasty, boob job, botox, etc. And for a looong time I felt that plastic surgery was treating a symptom to a much bigger problem, be that insecurity, need for validation, inability to love and accept ones self. But as I've gotten older, I've become much more open to the idea of it. I still don't think I'd personally have it done.. but I started to think that someone should be able to do what they want, and if it makes them happy then why the hell does anyone else care, right?
Someone once pointed out to me that most women alter their natural state to some degree, be that makeup or hair dye, wearing pointy high heels, clamping your eye lashes down with a curler, fake n' baking. Whats the difference? Well, actually theres a BIG difference. Plastic surgery is SURGERY, meaning there is a chance of DEATH! Infection, blood clot, etc. Plus it can cost a good chunk of change, and recovery is painful. To go through all of that to be more visually appealing? Doesn't it reak of an overwhelming need for validation? Yet I hear many women say "I got this boob job for myself." Really? For yourself? You wanted to vomit each time you looked in the mirror at those mesquito bites? Wouldn't this still be some form of psychological unhealth?
I don't know.... I just don't know if I buy it. It doesn't help that after most of my friends have had implants, these same friends that claim its "all for themselves" start wearing tighter, lowcut shirts.
On the other hand, I've seen people go on talkshows and give horrific stories of being teased, ridiculed, osteracized, for not being good looking. Some women (or men) were treated so poorly that it drove them into a severe depression, some even becoming suicidal. Every time I'd watch these stories I get really choked up.
A friend once told me that I shouldn't think the way I did about it.. because I had never gone through what some people have gone through. And she was right, I've been teased for a lot of shit growing up, but appearance usually wasn't one of them.
But then again, wouldn't these issues be better resolved by building confidance, going through counseling, etc? Wouldn't you love yourself more by feeling adequate as you ARE vs. being altered? Always in the back of your mind you'd know that you couldn't cut it in your natural state, weren't good enough. How can that possibly help ones self esteem?
Hmmmm. What do you think of plastic surgery?