Yesterday I read this article about how South Koreans are obsessed with plastic surgery. Apparently South Korea, a country of about 50 million people, has the second largest number of plastic surgery operations in the world. Reading further I discovered the blame (as always) is passed onto the ol’ celebrity wagon for the ‘sudden’ spike in body altering surgeries. Thinking about this I wondered is it just an expensive obsession that will blow over in a few years or is plastic surgery becoming a way of life?
Personally I won’t mind a bit of a nip and tuck and thinking about it, I might have more (and I am using this word loosely) surgery in future but I don’t think I am obsessed with surgery although once I was told I show signs of BDD (body dimorphic disorder). Bitch, please – all I said was that I have no qualms about going under the knife for a spot of cosmetic surgery and you’re ready to have me sectioned for being ‘obsessed’ with it?! It made me laugh afterwards but needless to say, she did plant the seed and made me question it for a little while. Silly I know, since I am nowhere near the plush interiors of the waiting rooms of surgeries in posh suburbs with semi-attractive surgeons, but I came to the realisation that if I ever stand in front of one of those fancy doors in a leafy suburb, I stand there for the right reason.
To a certain extend I can understand why celebs are blamed for this but if you think about it, most of the time they can just fork out the money for a new nose or a shaved foot (sounds extremely painful, I know!) without breaking the bank. Besides the fact that their appearance seems more (or in some cases, less) attractive and you wanting to look like that, do you honestly think ‘they’ will be blamed if we all had the money for plastic surgery? I don’t think so no, because then we will all live in plastic and harmony and probably all look the same but who will care then? It’s probably not all about the money and many people will argue with me about this but celebrities and models are probably to blame for the OBESSION our normal folks develop over plastic surgery. They don’t force us at gunpoint to lie on that semi-attractive surgeon’s operating table; no you do that all by yourself just like making the decision to go for it and paying for it.
Whatever your take on this is remember cosmetic surgery is a significant investment in time, effort, and emotion. It probably will not change your social life or your outlook on life so take a minute to assess why you really want cosmetic surgery, and whether you have realistic expectations. I’m off to plan my Botox party…and book my holiday to South Korea!
“My body is a temple, and my temple needs redecorating.” – Comedian Joan Rivers