Men and women of all ages choose to have plastic surgery for a number of reasons. Some simply want to fit in by normalizing physical aspects of their bodies (this is a reason often cited by teenagers). They want to fit in and not be noticed as odd or unusual!!! Others want to achieve a striking look, perhaps through breast augmentation. Some want help maintaining a healthy body weight through liposuction. Still others wish to restore their youthful appearance through facelifts or a number of nonsurgical procedures like chemical skin peels or botox injections. All of these desires play into one’s body image.
When done right, plastic surgery respects your individual body while restoring your youthful appearance or augmenting aspects of your body in a way that’s natural. When done wrong; however, plastic surgery attempts to create an artificial look that may, in fact, decrease your body image. This is the so-called “Hollywood look” with big overdone lips, buttocks, and oversized breast implants. It’s not appealing to most and not a sign of good plastic surgery!
Plastic surgery is not about making you look like a movie star.
Unfortunately, in a culture where images of so-called “beautiful” people are thrust in our eyes every day, many people choose to have plastic surgery in the hopes that it will help their body image by giving them a “movie star body.” This almost always backfires, because it doesn’t respect the individual body with its own beautiful nuances and natural curves.
Many people opt into this kind of plastic surgery thinking it will completely transform their lives, but the truth is, plastic surgery, especially plastic surgery that doesn’t respect your body, is unlikely to improve confidence or sense of self-respect. Ultimately, those things come from within. Well done plastic surgery will help you feel better from within because you look better as well.
GOOD plastic surgery is about respecting your natural body.
That said, cosmetic surgery can increase your self-esteem if done for the right reasons by a plastic surgeon who respects your natural look. Many people choose to normalize hooked noses, prominent ears, and other features, and this empowers them to feel more like themselves in their own skin. Plastic surgery is also a great option for men and women with aging skin to restore their youthful look. It is also a good option for young women with small breasts to receive augmentation that makes them feel whole for the first time in their lives.
The important thing is to consider why you want plastic surgery, whether the reason is a good reason, and then find a board-certified surgeon who has the 3 Es — Experience, Expertise, and shows Exceptional Results — as well as being a nice person who will answer your questions and perform the procedure respectfully and safely.