It’s no secret that plastic surgery has become common to all who can afford it. It’s even taken its popularity all the way to television too where there are reality series about plastic surgery, as well as fictitious shows revolving around the practice. And it seems like every year or so they come up with a newer, more bizarre way to alter some part of our bodies to make it look ‘better’.
You have the breast enhancement, augmentation, you have liposuction and fat replacement, tummy tucks and faces lifts and rhinoplasty and Botox and lip enhancement and vaginal rejuvenation and chemical peels and bone restructuring and it goes on and on and on! This is what I imagine the world to be 100 years from now: there will not be a single person that lives within at least the middle class and the upper class that hasn’t had something nipped, tucked, removed, replaced or just altered in general! And it’s a bit scary to visualize it to be honest. Because nothing will be real! We will become the real-life manifestation of Barbie dolls and the like.
The most bizarre thing is that even with the credit crunch and the economy of the world in utter turmoil, we still have what may be thousands of people getting these procedures done! So that’s where all the money is! It’s sad to see that even teens as young as sixteen as already considering and actually having procedures done. We’re only promoting the normalcy of not accepting yourself the way you are. That’s not to say that there are cases which do certainly need such attention, such as those who are involved in accidents or those who are born with deformities. And that not to also say that there’s anything wrong with it. There isn’t. Everyone is free to perceive their own beauty the way they like and if they’re given the option, then why not?
What concerns me is how, just like with most indulgent aspects, we tend to ignore the underlying tone that such things seem to give off. We introduce a new technology or concept into our societies and we do not consider the negative effects that it could have. How does this affect our children’s perspectives on appearance and its importance? And by elevating the importance of how you must look ‘perfect’ by a certain standard, how does that affect those that cannot necessarily afford such procedures? If you look good, you feel good. But if you only feel good- well that will only get you so far apparently in today’s world. And it’s becoming a sad, shallow and materialistic world indeed.