Millions of men and women go under the knife each year in order to gain a trimmer figure, younger-looking skin, or a tightening of wrinkles. The cosmetics industry has never been stronger, yet some people may believe that plastic surgery should only be reserved for celebrities. This question may come to the forefront in the near future due to the political certainty of a woman – likely Hillary Clinton, but possibly another high-stature female politician – running for office. Will the public judge a woman of such status on the basis of having cosmetic surgery?
Changes In Attitudes
Three decades ago, Betty Ford received a cosmetics operation that would become known as the First Facelift. At the time, she only wanted to remove puffiness beneath her eyelids, though she has since also had a mastectomy. Since then, the medical aesthetic industry has treated millions of patients clamoring for the same. Not only celebrities and aging wives have been part of this influx: men have increasingly sought the skills of plastic surgeons, along with sports figures, business moguls, and media personalities. The end result is a culture that has become far more accepting of, and perhaps even uninterested in, others’ plastic surgery decisions.
Moving The Markers
One reason for this change in attitude is how cosmetics operations have shifted from an aesthetic operation to a rejuvenating operation. More and more patients, both women and men, claim that they want to feel better and healthier rather than just looking younger. Since cosmetic surgery is capable of winding back the clock in more ways than an appearance, a patient can now shed years in the span of only a few hours. This is not to say that purely cosmetic operations are not still the reigning champion, but that the boundaries of health and beauty are changing.
The Public And The Press
How do most people react to news about high-profile persons and cosmetics? The reaction to celebrity plastic surgery is less and less cynicism and more and more apathy. The tabloids that portray celebs in high and low (frequently low) lights devote less space to operations, while higher-profile journalism outlets like the New Yorker suggest that musicians and actors get plastic surgery without so much as a single judgmental adjective. Indeed, many celebrities who do go under the knife note that later that it was a mistake: Jamie Lee Curtis claimed that it was the worst thing she ever did.
Since much of politics deals with the best face an individual can put forward, the question of state and national leaders getting cosmetic operations has been put forward. The New York Post evaluated six candidates for the mayor position and suggested ways that each individual could improve the tightness of their faces or the line of their stomach by an operation. Since many women (and men) in politics are long past the point of youthful looks, can they too attempt to look better with a surgeon’s helping hand? Many are starting to think that the women of today have every right to look their finest while they succeed.