Thursday, July 10, 2008
Lies, damn lies, and plastic surgery
Below you'll find a link to a site I view from time to time probably for the same reason most people slow down when they drive past car wrecks: morbid curiosity.
And what, pray tell, is this site? It's named Awful Plastic Surgery and it's chock-full of before-and-after photos of the (usually) rich and famous. These delusional folks actually believe so much in the fantasy image the media has built up of them they desperately try to preserve it through surgical intervention. It almost never works, at least according to the photos on this site.
Many years ago, it must have been in the early '70s, I heard a pithy little observation that said, "You're only young once. After that, you just think you are." What a pity, apparently, that these people, as well as most other people who go under the knife for cosmetic surgery, never learned this.
My message to these people: Look, I'm not unsympathetic to your perceived plight, but you really just need to get over yourselves. Aging, mentally and physically, is a part of life, and the only way to stop it is to die. Sure, you should do the best with what you have (through natural means: diet, exercise, clothing, make-up, etc.) but, with rare exception, anything that draws blood or involves injections is nothing more than paying homage to narcissism. And, again with rare exception, anything that draws blood or involves injections will leave you looking not quite right, perhaps freakishly so. One other bit of advice: eschew all forms of pop culture and its incessant trumpeting of its definition of beauty. This will work wonders for pulling you out of yourself and seeing the big picture and where you fit in it.
P.S. BTW, the before/after photo above is not from Awful Plastic Surgery, I just thought this was a good representation of what can be accomplished through natural means. In her case, just a little make-up turned her from plain to exceptional.