As we all know, plastic surgery is one of America’s top addictions. Celebrities and normal people alike, are embarking on this trend. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 15.1 million procedures were conducted in 2013, which is a 3% increase from 2012. Why do we feel this sudden urge to look like someone else? To be perfect? Are we as a society becoming more and more insecure? I know as teens we all go through a phase where we literally hate everything about ourselves. Our hormones make us breakout, our hair is impossible to manage, our bodies are developing, and on top of it, everything feels like an earth-shattering scenario. But, we were teens. When do we grow up and just accept who we are? Can we ever embrace our flaws?
I suppose the answers aren’t so easy. The housewives’ shows on Bravo only makes things worse. Nose reshaping, breast implants, tummy tucks, facelifts, fillers, chemical peels..the list goes on. The end results look so fake it’s disturbing. The skin on celebrity’s faces are sometimes tight that they can’t even smile. Besides, the health risks associated with these surgeries are serious. Blood clots, reactions to anesthesia, and sometimes death can result because of complications during a surgery.
I’ve already decided that there is no way I would ever even think about injecting silicon in my body, and getting any cosmetic procedure done. I’m already taking good care of my skin now. I purchase natural, paraben-free skin products from Lush, only drink water, and get facials every 3 months. When I get old, I want to embrace it; not run away from it and pretend to look like I’m 20 years younger. You CAN be beautiful and older, without covering it up and getting risky procedures done.
I understand that breast reconstruction and scar revision procedures can be positive, and help boost confidence in people. I don’t oppose to these types of surgeries, simply because they can empower men and women who have gone through cancer or traumatic accidents. Those particular procedures can help them win their lives back.
You wanna look good in 20 years? Start taking care of yourself NOW. Drink a lot of water, cut out all soda, and eat fruits and vegetables. Use only natural skin care products, and make sure your skin is moisturized. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum and avoid smoking. (crow’s feet anyone?) Limit your sugar intake, avoid processed foods, and stay out of the sun AND tanning beds as much as possible. Remember to focus on maintaining a positive mental state and keep yourself in check. Once you’re happy with yourself, you start caring less about what other people think.