What would Barbara Streisand be if she would’ve redone her nose? Would Yasmin LeBon still be considered an ethereal nymph if she would’ve gotten breast implants? Would Greta Garbo’s androgynous beauty still be the same if her small lips were plumped with collagen? These women’s beauty wasn’t diminished because of their flaws but contrastingly it was their flaws that enhanced their beauty.
Many young girls today feel that the only way they could ever feel beautiful is if they eliminate their imperfections through plastic surgery. This is the case of Mara, 23, from Milan who at her young age has already undergone five operations. She had her first operation at the age of 18 for breast implants. Despite the fact that she has spent close to 35,000 euros, she still feels unfit.
“I’m getting a liposuction done in May, in time to go to the beach.” But isn’t it easier and cheaper to lose weight by hitting the gym instead? “Not if you want to look perfect,” is her blunt response. Perfect. Just like the Ana-girls, people who are obsessed with plastic surgery want to achieve perfection.
But does she feel beautiful after all the trouble she’s been through? “No, I wish my cheekbones were higher and eyes were bigger.” In this race of trying to achieve perfection the end result is that you’re never perfect enough. You never reach the ultimate goal. You’re never truly satisfied with yourself.
The scary aspect of this obsession for altering one’s body is that what people tend to forget is that plastic surgery is in the end surgery, with that premise not all surgeries result in a positive outcome. Many people have been known to have had negative experiences. In some cases certain breast implants have been known to go awry with the silicone clumping up, hardening, or at times in extreme cases, even exploding. Some liposuction surgeries have had women’s upper legs look like it’s been attacked by little suction cups. As for some nose operations, some doctors completely break the nose cavity that you end up having your nose droop down towards your lips in a matter of years (just look at what happened to Michael Jackson).
Shows like Nip/Tuck make plastic surgery seem like it’s as easy as going out and buying the latest Dior shoes or D&G shirt. There are only a handful of doctors out there that are honest with clients when they enter their studios. Many of them don’t bother themselves with telling letting you know what negative consequences could arise post-surgery. Some of these testimonies have been collected on the site Silicone Holocaust. One look at the photos in the gallery section and your view of plastic surgery will be forever altered. Sure, plastic surgery does do miracles for people who have been accidents or were born with malformations, but if you don’t fit in any of those two categories, perhaps you should reconsider your options before you embark in permanently changing your body or your face forever.