It is becoming one of those things that is begrudgingly gaining acceptance in our society. While we have become a culture that puts a high value on beauty we are also a culture that is at the same time critical of how people achieve their desired level of perfect beauty.
There are constant messages of how exercising and eating right are the only right ways to get to those goals. We say it like it is something you just say and it is done. For people battling with weight problems or those that might feel that something about them makes them less attractive than those around them, it is of course not as easy as flipping a switch.
Is it the worst thing when someone then decides to take a shortcut to fitness or beauty and instead of spending weeks at a gym elects to go under the cosmetic knife? A day will not go by where you won’t hear about some celebrity getting an operation done and it’s something we dismiss readily. But when a friend or relative considers plastic surgery are you so quick to dismiss it or are you quick to judge?
What do you think of when you see an overweight or unattractive person? Are you disgusted by them? In your mind are you asking why they don’t do something to change that?
You might think that beauty is subjective. You’re partially right about that. However the image of ideal beauty is something that is programmed into our collective subconscious by the portrayals of it in the media.
People opting for surgeries are hoping to correct something that will make themselves feel better. There is this mindset that there is something wrong with people that get plastic surgery. And while there are cases of people suffering from body dysmorphic disorder, many people seeking plastic surgery are not suffering from any kind of mental condition.
After plastic surgery many people report increased self-esteem and perceptions of body image. Because the goal of plastic surgery is to correct imperfections, especially those that people have negative feelings about, there are generally positive feelings experienced following plastic surgery operations.
Because people experience increased confidence and self-esteem they are more likely to try new experiences and reach out for new social connections that may end up as a reward for the behavior. Studies have even shown that attractive people are even viewed as more intelligent and trustworthy.
There are of course risks with getting plastic surgery just like there are with any procedure. And in severe cases people have suffered real problems from plastic surgery. Often these cases result when people seek out cheap alternatives such as unlicensed surgeons or travel to a third world country to have multiple procedures performed because of their reduced cost.
In the case of Nadia Ilse, a young teenage girl who was bullied because of her large ears, plastic surgery came as a necessary relief to her. Nadia suffered years of torment as other kids made fun of her distinct facial features but following plastic surgery she beamed with confidence and self-assurance.
For others, getting plastic surgery can be a way to feel young again. A facelift or an eyelid surgery that helps to rejuvenate the face can do a lot for the psyche of an aging adult.
We should never discount the real gains of people that actually work hard for fitness and beauty. But we should think carefully before we criticize people that opt to quickly correct their own perceived imperfections. Because there is a pretty good chance that there is something we would all like to change about ourselves. And given the chance, would you?
Author Byline: Benji Grayson is a health and wellness expert with the Clevens Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery. He helps people establish and reach realistic personal goals for their well being and he encourages the use of professional and certified experts when doing so.