Like it or not, we live in a society where people get judged by their looks and are constantly compared to the set ideals of beauty. Mass media plays a huge part here, driving focus to those who to the small percentage of those who managed to obtain these standards and then setting them as role models. Women’s magazines support the fake lenses to beauty with their photoshopped covers and articles that are often subtle in implying women they’re not good enough. This is what’s most frequently pointed out as a reason for increasing number of people who decide to undergo plastic surgery procedures: according to the data from 2011, an astonishing number of 15 million people all around the globe went under the knife! But is there really a shame in that? Is it just about vanity or is there something more?
Complex Notion Of Self-image
We might jump to conclusions and say that physically attractive people are happier than those with less appealing looks. However, according to one study – happiness is far more complex and so is the notion of self-image. The way we see ourselves is merely our personal mental construct, which can correlate with reality in many different ways.
The Psychology Behind Plastic Surgery
Various psychology studies all around the globe showed improving looks via plastic surgery can have a positive impact on mental health by boosting one’s self-image and increasing general levels of happiness. However, this shouldn’t be understood as advocating for procedures as quick solutions and shortcuts to happiness. It’s simply to underline the fact that real scientific research showed there is a correlation between our emotional state and going under a knife, that is – improving our looks. The reasons someone decides to do so should be examined by an expert surgeon before they decide on the operation. If reasons for surgery have their roots in deep insecurities and are a part of a more serious psychological problems, the doctor should be able to recognize it and address it immediately.
Our Obsession With Celebrities, Their Obsession With Themselves
Next time you feel bad about yourself, understand that the concept of beauty is an entirely social construct. What’s considered to be beautiful has evolved through centuries with every era imposing new trends. What’s in is best reflected through celebrities, especially models and actors who make their livings partially on their looks. The good, the bad, and the ugly of stars going under cosmetic procedures is an everyday media topic. The family of Kardashians is extremely influential in that sense: from Kim’s tiny waist, an hourglass figure, and sumptuous behind, to Kylie Jenner’s full lips – it has become and obsession for regular women. This is why the waist-training corset became extremely popular, as well as many different lip-enhancing beauty kits. Many celebrities had some work done which made their looks more balanced out or symmetric. However, there are also extremes: just think Donatella Versace or Joan Rivers. There are also regrets among the celebrities, such as the recent confession of Courteney Cox who spoke openly about the pressure women (and not just the famous ones) are exposed to, as well as her fear of getting old. There are also celebrities that have said no to plastic surgery and embraced their ever changing beauty, such as Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore.
Last Takeaway: The Freedom Choice
The bottom line is this: plastic surgery is not a taboo anymore, nor is it reserved just for celebrities. Technology has evolved, making surgery accessible to everyone and reducing the recovery period to a minimum. If you’re feeling self-conscious about some of your physical features, be unapologetic about it. Just make sure to thoroughly examine your reasons and consult a reputable expert about it. Don’t follow beauty trends (for they will pass), and do it for yourself, never for others.
Aesthetic procedures are a common thing and nothing to be ashamed of. However, we are witnessing many extremes that happen due to psychological issues, which is an additional reason to talk openly about it.