Why do people bash plastic surgery?

I used to read those women’s magazines about celebrities and style, and it seems each time some actress speaks out against plastic surgery, she’s strongly praised for allowing herself to age naturally. That’s a fine choice for a serious actress, who earns money with the skills of her face and doesn’t want to endanger it with unnecessary surgery, but the reaction in the magazines isn’t usually about that. It seems popular to laugh at/point at/feel sorry for people who mess up their looks with surgery, and reproach celebs who “finally caved into the pressures of Hollywood and got some surgery”. Of course, surgery is surgery, and there are risks. And if you overdo it, you’ll look like a freak. But why is not doing any work done considered the best? The majority of readers of those magazines aren’t actresses anyway, and the actresses’ reasons to not have surgery don’t apply to them. The message, if I’m getting it correctly, is that you should like yourself as you are, and aging is natural and beautiful. But many things are natural and we don’t see them as beautiful or good. Your body falling apart is one such thing – it’s not positive at all. If cancer is doing it, it’s awful. If it’s just old age, then it’s okay and beautiful.

Plastic surgery isn’t gonna make us look 20 at 70, but it’s effective when done right. It also won’t prolong our life, but it’s just one way to make your life better, if you don’t get a cheap doctor and get a botched job. So why do people bash it?

Christie Brinkley, 57. Whatever she did, it looks good.

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9 Responses to Why do people bash plastic surgery?

    • emmatheemo says:

      You know, I just watched that movie. I’m still skeptical to just how safe steroids are (I don’t intend to use them), but I agree people should be allowed to use them if they want. The documentary also pointed out that what is ok and what is not in sports is somewhat arbitrary. I also feel bad for the father of the kid who killed himself, but that man shouldn’t be someone in power of changing laws, for example. He’s not very logical about it.

      • namae nanka says:

        “I’m still skeptical to just how safe steroids are (I don’t intend to use them)”

        don’t be. Even though I posted it as an example of what men would be angry at, many or even most female models/athletes/etc take it too.(anna watson is one strong cheerleader)
        So it’s kinda funny, the estrogen(the obese) and (anabolic-androgen) steroids nation of USA.
        The topic had come up during a discussion at isteve.


  1. Clarence says:

    I really should watch and respond to your “videos” post because some of those films look interesting.

  2. Matthew Chiglinsky says:

    There are natural ways to keep your body healthy, like eating healthy food (with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains), getting plenty of sleep, and not overworking yourself. These don’t carry with them the health risks associated with surgery.

    Even without the risk of death or infection during surgery, some people are just into nature. Who says a few wrinkles are not beautiful? Who says a little sagging isn’t beautiful? It’s kind of subjective. Personally, I like nature, so if it’s not natural then I don’t consider it beautiful at all, no matter how good it looks. The person is disqualified for cheating. If I’m looking at a plastic surgery job, I might as well be looking at a plastic department-store mannequin or a computer-generated cartoon from a movie like “Avatar”. Do you find mannequins and cartoons to be attractive? I don’t.

    • Emma the Emo says:

      Of course there is a natural way to keep the body healthy, for people who don’t have any bad genetic and hereditary diseases. That’s why I don’t put any special value in being natural when I observe the big picture of things. Natural can mean sick, like having diabetes (the type that isn’t caused by lifestyle). We also do a bunch of things that are totally unnatural already, like use cars and other things that can potentially kill us, so if I accept cars, I might as well accept things with a comparable danger level.

      Beauty is most definitely subjective, and if you are truthful when you say wrinkles and sagging are beautiful to you, it’s great. There are many people with those features who would appreciate your appreciation. However, I think most people aren’t telling the truth when they say things like that. They rationalize their own aging (one has to accept it somehow), or they parrot what society finds appropriate – admitting looks without sagging and wrinkles are more appealing will make you look shallow (even if it’s true for most people). But people’s actions contradict them. There is always some celebrity that gets somewhat chubby and says they love their curves, then lose weight and flaunt it. And there are these people who proclaim they love being fat, yet they’ve been fat all their life (although there are people who love gaining weight and go from skinny to fat on purpose, those are honest!). And those magazines that always bash celebs who get plastic surgery and praise those that don’t. I know bashing can be fun, but it’s treated as some moral issue, and it isn’t – those who have plastic surgery are not any less moral than those who don’t.

      This is what i find annoying – hypocrites and liars. But I do like people who honestly like something other people don’t naturally like. And people who honestly like what everyone else likes.

  3. Matthew Chiglinsky says:

    I just remembered, there’s a meaningful origin to the theme of being natural. Physical beauty is an indication of genetic strength, which is useful in mating. Basically, if two beautiful people mate, they’re more likely to have healthy children. If there’s plastic surgery involved, then the beauty was never real. So, it was like a bait-and-switch scam. The genes aren’t really as healthy as advertised.

    Of course, that only applies to young people. The old people probably aren’t going to reproduce anyway, but I think that’s the origin of the theme of being all-natural. Everything in life that’s good usually serves some root purpose that ties into our survival instincts.

    • Emma the Emo says:

      You’re right, we don’t recoil from old people as something ugly (they aren’t), we know it’s how things are. I hope it doesn’t sound like I find old people ugly, I don’t.

      You are touching upon something importan there. Old people, even though they might not reproduce, don’t necessarily lose their desire for relationships (if they had them) and sex. So attracting someone might still be relevant for them. Plastic surgery isn’t really necessary for that, but some may choose it. In some ways, nature messes with our personal happiness, even if our bodies are adapted to surviving and reproducing.

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