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Is Perceived Beauty Really Only Skin Deep?

Houston Eyelid SurgeryIf we needed any more proof of our constant addiction to the cult of celebrity, we need look no further than the endless speculation over the cosmetic surgery that Marilyn Monroe may (or may not) have had.

Recently, her medical notes were put up for auction, something which ought to have put the issue to bed. Quoting from a recent Reuters piece:

“Nobody really thought about Marilyn Monroe having plastic surgery. It was always speculation – did she or didn’t she?” said Martin Nolan, executive director of Julien’s Auctions. “They thought she was such a natural beauty, they didn’t want to believe.”

In the 1950s cosmetic surgery wasn’t as commonplace as today, and it is likely that there would have been a certain stigma associated with any plastic surgery procedures carried out on Marilyn Monroe. Nonetheless, the notes do appear to hint that she had surgery to correct the tip of her nose, and a cartilage implant in her chin, which she had investigated sometime in the early 1960s, complaining of a ‘chin deformity’.

Marilyn Monroe was a stunning natural beauty, but even she found something (well, two things) to correct, which may suggest that her own body image didn’t match with that of her many adoring fans.

It’s possible that her decision to have surgery might have been motivated by a need to feel better about herself. But that’s just speculation, and even the medical notes aren’t completely clear on the extent or nature of any surgery she might have had.

All this speculation raises an interesting point – why would someone so naturally beautiful feel the need to have surgery at all?

The Feel Good Factor of Cosmetic Surgery

A recent study reported by JAMA Dermatology, and conducted by Penn University, concludes that in a limited review of the evidence, cosmetic surgery has an important effect on the patient’s psychological state. Meaning – having a nose or boob job can make you feel better, as well as look better!

There’s a logic here. We like to look good for ourselves, but our own perception of our beauty is probably tainted by how we believe that others see us.

Enter North Korea, where it was recently reported by the Washington Post that although eye surgery is punishable with forced labor, many girls are undergoing double eyelid surgery. Why? Because “big eyes” are perceived as being more attractive.

Social Acceptance of Cosmetic Surgery

We have the power to change the way we look in order to feel better about ourselves and gain social acceptance which will, in turn, help us to feel more confident and hence, by extension, better about ourselves.

In fact, listen to any group of friends, and before long they will pass comment on someone else to the effect that they can’t understand why they haven’t had that nose fixed, those boobs done, or that hair removed.

Looking good, from North Korea to Rodeo Drive, isn’t just a passing fad. Nor is it restricted to the rich and famous; even though we like to copy their looks. Through its social acceptance, it’s rapidly becoming a commodity.

Men undergo treatments to help them look better. In some cases they want to look less stressed at work, a little bit younger, or just have a permanent careworn, distinguished mid-40s look into their 60s and 70s.

Women have treatments to remove hair, fix wonky noses, restore youthful body shapes post-childbirth (and breast-feeding) as well as make their skin look more youthful and hence more attractive.

It turns out that not only is it good for our careers, or to gain an advantage in the mating game, but it also makes us feel good about ourselves. And that can only be a good thing!

To learn more about any aspect of cosmetic and plastic surgery including laser hair removal, chemical peels, liposuction and other surgical procedures, contact Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery of Houston, Texas, at (281) 484-0088.