Plastic surgery has long since begun its separation from curing a scar. The corrective procedures called plastic surgery were originally designed for fixing an issue that scarred an individual, or kept them from functioning in a normal way.
However, over the years it has evolved into a way of improving a person’s overall appearance and self-esteem. Many who undergo plastic surgery do it for aesthetic reasons, but some take it much too far. Recently an 83-year-old woman named Marie Kolstad, received a breast lift and implants. This incident in particular stands out from others because of Kolstad’s age.
It has been becoming more and more popular for older people to receive plastic surgery over the years, and Kolstad is just an extreme example of this
There is a lot of controversy over who and if a person should undergo the procedures, such as implants, nose jobs, chin tucks, and more. Age only increases people’s argument either for or against their view of what is appropriate.
Some say that age is all the more reason because you are wiser and know what you want, while some say that older people should be comfortable with their bodies and not want to change who they are.
Should people be supportive of this kind of behavior by older people? It seems so unhealthy for an older person who is already at risk for many health problems to weaken themselves by going through some very invasive procedures.
The anesthesia itself becomes more and more risky and life-threatening the older a person gets. Yet, amazing over 84,000 people over the age of 65 went through with these procedures.
Yes, society says for women to be beautiful, but how far will some people go? Society puts so much pressure on not only women, but men as well to be perfect in every way. Aging is a natural thing, but we try to fight it to stay young and beautiful for as long as we can. However, how far should we go before it is no longer safe?
We all assume that we can get young and we can act young and try to look the part, but we will never be that young again. Society should be a lot more understanding of the human body and its natural cyle than we currently are, but we all know that will take some time to get to that point.
Pressure to be perfect creates more problems than we know. Some people who opt for plastic surgery do not have a healthy self-image. They do not appreciate their own beauty. They decide to perfect what is already beautiful because of what is relayed to us as the ideal body and image through outlets such as TV, the internet, and advertisements.
More awareness of this global issue could potentially bring about a more positive reinforcement from parents, teachers, family, and friends.
So, next time you look in the mirror and think that your nose is a little curved, or your chest is a little too small, just remember that you were born that way for a reason, and to love yourself all the more for it.