There's nothing wrong with anti-aging routines or taking care of your skin and health, but we've gone too far with the cosmetic procedures and facelifts.
On TikTok, a plastic surgeon known as Dr. Kim shared before-and-after photos of patients who received facelifts. Before going under the knife they had wrinkles, lines, and other signs of aging, which is totally normal because they were either in their 40s or 50s. But instead of embracing the natural progression of life, they opted for a facelift that made them look rather, well, strange.
Comedian Bill Burr said it best. He asked his audience, “What would you rather be? 52 and look 52, or 52 and look like a 28-year-old lizard?”
It's so sad to see men and women turning to these plastic surgeons for thousands of dollars rather than addressing their insecurities. And it's disgusting to see the number of doctors who willingly go too far with the lip injections, butt lifts, and other procedures for profit, even though they know that an excessive amount of fillers or large implants look awful. Then again, the customers asked for it, and if it supposedly "empowers women," then why not? Of course, surgeons aren't all to blame. Social media and Hollywood are guilty of creating insane beauty standards as well.
But older people aren't the only ones opting for cosmetic work. It seems that women (and men) are receiving aesthetic treatments and nose jobs at an increasingly younger age. Recently, The Boys actress Erin Moriarty went viral on social media after the internet audience noticed how different she looked. And I feel bad for her because everyone is making fun of her appearance, and she's had to limit the comments on her Instagram page.
The same has been done to Chrissy Teigen (though I swear she loves the drama) after being seen with a "new face." Teigen's alleged work, I will be honest, looks botched. Had someone told her she didn't need to get fillers (like her family or her doctor, perhaps), maybe she wouldn't have gotten the results she did.
Not only do the facelift results and other botched procedures look strange, but going under the knife can be dangerous. Women have died from Brazilian butt lifts, and have gotten sick or suicidal from breast implants. Despite this, medical professionals will fane ignorance and ignore the cries of women with breast implant illness and say that they're safe or have few complications.
What I'm saying is, there are a lot of plastic surgeons who are butchering women, even giving them larger implants than they asked for without their consent, happily and with no warning. Then they promote their extreme facelifts and implants and tell women they'll look and feel happier about themselves, and that kind of rhetoric is dangerous, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. Young girls are scrolling on TikTok, seeing large lips, chiseled faces, and Barbie noses, and they think, I'm not pretty because I don't have those things.
Are all plastic surgeons at fault? No, of course not. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Anthony Youn, for example, recognizes that there needs to be balance when it comes to these permanent and life-altering procedures, and he made a TikTok reacting to Dr. Kim's facelifts. Yet, the doctors who warn their patients about going too far aren't common.
Liberal feminists, plastic surgeons, porn-brained men, Hollywood, even influencers have lied to us by telling us that surgery shouldn't be stigmatized, that it's "liberating." They have also desensitized us to the words that are associated with getting going under the knife. They make it sound like it's simple and easy, it's harmless, when in reality it is that serious. It's permanent, and it affects both the body and the mind, as well as the mind of others. Plastic surgery has become a social contagion, and I don't see it stopping anytime soon unless we continue to speak up about it.
Naomi Wolf, author of The Beauty Myth, said, “Cosmetic surgery is not 'cosmetic,' and human flesh is not 'plastic.' Even the names trivialize what it is. It's not like ironing wrinkles in fabric, or tuning up a car, or altering outmoded clothes, the current metaphors. Trivialization and infantilization pervade the surgeons' language when they speak to women: 'a nip,' a 'tummy tuck.'...Surgery changes one forever, the mind as well as the body. If we don't start to speak of it as serious, the millennium of the man-made woman will be upon us, and we will have had no choice."
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