Special Guest Post from Why is cosmetic surgery becoming more acceptable?

Whether you think elective plastic surgery is ridiculous & vain, or freely admit that once time starts nipping at your heels, you'll be in the doctor's waiting room posthaste, plastic surgery is a huge topic of discussion these days. Injections? Chemical peels? Nips & tucks? Full-body overhauls? There's a lot to think about - not to mention debate - and our newest guest poster, Isabella from Cosmetic Surgery Guru, is here to stir the waters. Take it away, Isabella!

Thought cosmetic surgery was still a taboo subject in most circles? Think again! Recent research by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has shown that more than half (51 per cent) of US citizens now approve of nip-tucks. Over in the UK, treatment numbers for procedures such as breast implants, nose jobs and soaring, according to another recent study by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (or BAAPS, to give the body its rather apt acronym).

So what are the reasons for this sudden surge in acceptability? We reckon there are a number of factors at work. First up, celebrities. We all know the rich and famous have been going under the knife for years. But only in recent times have many stars become more comfortable discussing what they've have done. It's no shock to pick up a newspaper to read about Jennifer Aniston having Botox or a soap actresses' boob job these days.

We reckon the competitive jobs market is also having an effect on the figures. While looking fresh and young is nothing new for women, even men are looking to cosmetic surgery options to wind the clock back in order to stay ahead of the competition.

Then there's the fact that there's wider range of treatments and plenty of affordable options. Can't afford a facelift? There's always the cheaper option of a dermaroller treatment or a facial peel.

Chances are you even know someone yourself who's had cosmetic surgery, or turned to non-cosmetic treatments such as Botox.

So, over to you. Has your perception of plastic surgery changed in recent years? Why? Are you even considering going under the knife yourself? Tell us in the comments!

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Posted on 06.02.11 at 1:07 PM

I can understand a person getting cosmetic surgery who has been burned or physically altered because of injury/accident. Actually, I can understand anyone getting cosmetic surgery. But I will never do it and I will never encourage my daughters to do it. I personally feel that if a person is bothered enough by their appearance to get major surgery, something on the inside needs to be worked, not something on the outside.

But to each his own!


Posted on 06.02.11 at 1:11 PM

Since I was a little kid (broke my nose when I was 8) I've wanted to have my nose "fixed". And for years I've said I would never do it -- I never wanted to be faced with telling my own daughter she is beautiful just the way she is, and having her eventually find out that Mom did not feel beautiful just the way she is. It just feels hypocritical.

That being said I'm 26 years old and I STILL despise my nose. I'm still trying to fight the good fight, but we'll see how long that lasts =)


Posted on 06.02.11 at 2:35 PM

Ashley, we're sure you ARE gorgeous! :)


Posted on 06.02.11 at 6:07 PM

For purely cosmetic reasons? No way. But I had a breast reduction to reduce back pain. Is it considered a cosmetic surgery? By some. But, my insurance covered it as medically necessary.
I will admit it was difficult to explain to my 7 year old daughter, though.

Tiffany R

Posted on 06.02.11 at 8:50 PM

Mostly, I don't mind it (if someone says they've had x surgery done, I don't want to assume it was "for fun"), and if someone else does do it for reasons other than repairing physical problems/trauma, then I try not to judge (it's their money, their idea of beauty, them wanting to be happier, etc.). Beauty culture in general is, to me, kinda tragic and alarming and upsetting. I've met young girls (in this case, 12-16 year-olds) who want nothing else than to "fix" themselves, or to do it "because all their friends are doing it" (my sister's claim - she was 16 at the time), and sometimes they have parents who will indulge them. I wonder if they expect their surgeons will look like nip/tuck actors.

A friend's sorority acquaintance was very proud because her parents had paid for her breast augmentation surgery over Winter Break, but only if she agreed to get a nose job too (her parents didn't like her nose). She had told the surgeon to make her breasts as big as her head, and it looked like they'd honestly tried to do that. As my friend and I stood there wondering how to react without being rude, the girl added that it was her Hanukkah gift, even though she and her entire family were devout Catholics, and said that she was SO happy with it because she gets even more free drugs and booze than she did before. Some folks make the party girl lifestyle work, but there was still something pretty tragic about the situation.

I feel similarly (that it's tragic) when people, especially older women, go through multiple surgeries to maintain the facade of youthfulness. Old ladies are awesome and beautiful!

The issue of cosmetic surgery is topical for me as well - one friend wants a nose job but her fiance won't "let" her unless she also gets breast augmentation as well, another friend's boyfriend says she should get breast augmentation because it improves confidence and positively effects career acceleration, ubiquitous annoying tummy-tuck ads to get "beach bodies" now that it's summer here. Ugh, all around.

So, on one hand, I'm glad for topics to lose their taboo edge, but on the other, I sort of dislike how often it comes up now.

Sorry for the TL;DR comment!


Posted on 02.27.12 at 5:47 AM

I'm personally of the approach that if it will genuinely help you then by all means have cosmetic or plastic surgery. Like Dee said above, it helped her with her back pain.

It seems like the general public's perception of surgery has changed quite a lot as well. I was reading the other day that almost half of UK adults would consider it. (source:

I think it's like anything in life it has it's ups and downs. You just need to do what's best for you :)

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