Going under the knife: Is it worth it?


“Good news for thousands of girls who have no sex appeal, thousands gain 10 to 25 pounds quick with ironized yeast.”

Ever think an advertisement would exist promising to make women more attractive by gaining weight?

These ads for ironized yeast were plastered everywhere in the 1930s.

During this time, women who had a full figure were considered alluring.

Marilyn Monroe, seen as one of the sexiest women to live, was a size 14.

Compare that to today’s Victoria’s Secret angels, who all wear somewhere around a size zero.

Why did the idea of beauty start to change so dramatically?
Throughout my research, I kept finding the same answer, and it is because of the media.

Hollywood pushed unrealistically thin expectations into the minds of females, saying that having a visible ribcage is the definition of gorgeous.

What I failed to find though was why it was once considered beautiful to be a size in the double digits, and then not.
Even though I could not come to a conclusion as to why skinny equals beautiful in today’s society, it is just the standard Hollywood sets.

In reality, the appearance of supermodels is not obtainable.
Models’ pictures still get edited to look thinner and prettier than they really are.

Average females often compare themselves to these women in magazines and convince themselves they are not good enough.
They look at these models with an above average bust, skin like porcelain and a perfect figure, and aspire to resemble them.

This flawless appearance can be achieved through plastic surgery, so some go for it.

Is it really worth it though? For cosmetic purposes, I say usually not. Is having a bigger chest really worth thousands of dollars?
Is your nose truly in dire need of reshaping?

Unless someone is seriously insecure about part of their body and it truly bothers them, than normally I say it is not worth it.

There are other less drastic ways to feel more confident about yourself rather than throwing yourself onto the operating table.

Maybe try investing in a stylish dress and a pair of high heels if you want to feel more attractive, or do your makeup a different way.

However, aside from cosmetic plastic surgery, reconstructive plastic surgery is completely different.

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons explains that reconstructive plastic surgery “is performed on abnormal structures of the body caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease.

It is generally performed to improve functions, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance.

Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies.”

Reconstructive plastic surgery would be performed on patients with cleft pallet in order to speak and breathe easier, to reduce breast size to relieve back problems, or tissue expansion for burn victims, allowing the body to create extra skin to reconstruct damaged body parts.

Plastic surgery has its benefits and drawbacks, and my views all together are split.

Should one alter their body in order to feel more confident?
In short, no. The idea of beauty always seems to be changing anyway.

Does plastic surgery have a good side to it?

Yes, it can work wonders for many harmful physical abnormalities.

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