In the past few years, like many of its patrons, the plastic surgery industry has reinvented itself. It has gone from an industry of mystery and luxury to an industry of accessibility and popularity. Surgeons are being praised in everything from rap lyrics to Vogue magazines. It is no longer a business for the rich and famous but also for every day women who are willing to save for a few months or simply take out a personal loan. Some doctors offices even offer the option of credit! Anyone with three thousand dollars and a plane ticket can travel to the Dominican Republic and came back a whole new person.
This is a topic that I always find myself discussing with my peers in the beauty industry and with my clients (many of them have gone under the knife). I stand firm in my decision that I would never take part in it. I prefer to spend my money on things that help my inner growth as opposed to things that jiggle. I am not against the act of getting surgery, however I am against the trend of getting surgery. I am also mindful of how harmful the aesthetic that is being chased can be.
It’s like when I get a client who has pencil thin brows because she spent most of the 90’s tweezing them at home. She comes in and asks me for brows like Cara Delevingne. I gently explain to her that Cara’s brows are full and lucious and made for Cara’s face, not hers. Usually after that we work to find the brow shape that compliments her face, eye shape, etc.
Too many women are making their decision to go under the knife based upon the new, trendy body shape. In most cases, that silhouette is usually something found in the Kardashian family tree. I think it’s important you consider your own reasons for wanting the surgery, find what works for your frame, and choose according to your body type. Also, treat it as you would treat getting a tattoo and remember: good ones aren’t cheap and cheap ones aren’t good!