“I am totally against plastic surgery. A lot of people think I have breast implants because I have the biggest boobs in the business. But I was a 34C when I was 17…They stay up when I wear a push-up bra. But if people could see me when I come home and take off my bra, how could they think these are fake?” This is the famed quote from the famed retired supermodel/talk show host, Tyra Banks, an epitome of natural beauty.
Harvard Medical School psychologist Nancy Etcoff says in “Survival of the Prettiest: The Science of Beauty” that there is something more to human reaction to beauty than a conditioned response to social cues. She added that looking good has survival value, and that sensitivity to beauty is a biological adaptation governed by brain circuits shaped by natural selection. Is it necessary then to go under the knife just to look good?
Not only does beauty lie in the eye of the beholder; its definition varies from country to country as well. For example, Westerners use botox to diminish wrinkles while in Korea, Japan and Taiwan, botox is injected into wide cheeks so the muscle will atrophy and the cheeks will shrink. Asians have always suffered for beauty since the Chinese foot binding.
Regardless of gender, plastic surgery is now becoming more and more widely accepted all over the world. Enhancing beauty used to be a feminine thing but in the modern times, it is now starting to become a part of global norms. Celebrities from Hollywood and local artists in different countries are now openly admitting their beauty transformation from cosmetic surgery. These celebrities play a great role in normalizing cosmetic surgery and making it a necessary procedure to transform one’s personality.
Success cosmetic surgeries from celebrities have encouraged a lot of ordinary people to go under the knife as well. While there are many accounts of successful celebrity cosmetic surgeries, the numerous accounts of disastrous operations cannot be denied. One...
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