Almost a cultural taboo but society has always viewed cosmetic surgery as a difficult topic to discuss in the open, eventhough as Australians we are actually spending big on cosmetic surgery! As friends, family and passers-by form judgements on the way you look, Cosmetic Doctors and Surgeons have found that this attitude is not helping their patients.
Uncharacteristically the perception of our society being a tolerant and accepting one fades away when it comes to the topic of cosmetic surgery.
The vanity label has been difficult to challenge with more and more people viewing it as a purely vanity statement rather than a confidence booster. However with research to back that most motivations for cosmetic surgery are driven by inner confidence boosts, the cries of vanity filled surgery are totally unjust.
Most patients out their who seek treatment from a Cosmetic Surgeon are driven by an emotional drive rather than just physical gratification. It is up to a Cosmetic Doctor or Surgeon to determine how the treatment is going to effect their mind and whether the patient doesn’t have an underlying mental illness.
Studies are showing that confidence and happiness are key factors in getting cosmetic surgery. The notion that surgery for cosmetic purposes is a vicious cycle that is continuous, seems to be unfounded when done by trained health professionals.
The pressures and scrutiny of media
Media is largely responsible for fueling the cosmetic shaming problem and making people feel like they have to hide their cosmetic procedure.
As soon as the media suspects a celebrity has had minimal cosmetic treatments to the more invasive surgeries such as a breast augmentation, they go in for the kill. The physical transformations of celebrities such as Renée Zellweger, Uma Thurman and more recently Kylie Jenner have been secrutinised and picked over with a fine tooth comb. The coverage has been driven towards publicly shaming them which results in them having to reveal their cosmetic treatments publicly.
In the same way, the media fosters this idea of what the ideal beauty is, it has spurred on a rise in the number of everyday women, and increasingly more men, turning to plastic surgery. Together with the technology of smart phones and social media platforms such as Instagram, there has been a steady rise in the number of procedures performed annually.
Everyday people are enhancing their image
Skeptics seem to think people who are electing to have plastic surgery are insecure & care about their looks rather than what’s on the ‘inside’. The truth is – Its far from that. We see people enquire about cosmetic procedures for many reasons – starting from wanting to change something that has bothered them all their lives, to correcting their appearance due to injury or slow down the ageing process.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with an adult choosing to make cosmetic modifications to their own body. What’s wrong is how we criticise and mock people for doing so!
The fact remains, today all people from all walks of life are taking advantage of the many cosmetic treatments available to enhance and alter their physical appearance. People in their 60’s are having a neck lift to feel more youthful, men are undergoing liposuction to create a more contoured, athletic shape and women are having Botox to smooth over their unwanted lines. No matter how harshly or unfairly judged, cosmetic procedures are showing no signs of slowing down.