Some of the most popular Google searches for celebrities are “before and after” pictures. There is an obsession with plastic surgery in Hollywood, and people want to see the results. But plastic surgery is not just a phenomena left for the stars. People of all walks of life are going under the knife to change their appearances for the better.

 

Plastic surgery is an interesting thing because it has simultaneously become both normalized and tabooed. “Everyone is doing it” is usually never a good reason to follow along, but in this case it may be a good reason to come clean. Often, people deny having work done – more often than not these people are celebrities. But if a large percentage of people are actually getting their faces – and bodies – adjusted, then why is it such a huge deal to admit? Sure, it might be considered cheating the system to some, but isn’t everything? We get our hair dyed, our nails painted, our teeth straightened, our skin tanned, all in the name of beauty. But when the alteration involves plastic surgery, it seems the fear of begin labeled fake keeps us from being honest.

 

ELLE Magazine’s Alyx Gorman has her own opinions on plastic surgery. In her article “’I Woke Up Like This’ Is the Biggest Beauty Myth of All,” she gives her opinion on societies strange aversion towards plastic surgery. “We’ve developed a bizarre double standard when it comes to cosmetic procedures. It’s fine to put a kid through two-and-a-half years of braces . . . for the sake of a more aesthetically pleasing smile. But a few seconds of stinging and a few hundred bucks for the same outcome? Immoral. Unacceptable. Vain. Vain. Vain.

 

Lying about plastic surgery is not about saving face, there is more to it than that. Our world knows about PhotoShop and over editing in magazines. It still happens, but at least there is an awareness about it, an awareness that is helping young girls realize the images they see in magazines are not real idols to be compared to. But what is not being mentioned is that even unedited versions of their role models are often not real either. The majority of celebrities were not born with the faces they have today. Without money, personal trainers, dieticians, makeups artists, stylists, and plastic surgeons they would not look the way the do now. Hell, they probably wouldn’t even look “famous.”

 

As Gorman puts it, “it’s time to admit that looking good costs money.” There is no shame in looking good, but as a society we should acknowledge that perfection is often something that is bought.

 

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