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.