Saturday, February 21, 2009

Never Beautiful Enough

Does this woman, a healthy, 27-year-old, five-foot-nine-inch, 120-pound figure, need plastic surgery?

Yes, apparently so.... according to her exposé in Vanity Fair after she consulted three New York City plastic surgeons.

When I began this project, I was relatively certain that I didn’t need plastic surgery. I also suspected that plastic surgeons might tell me otherwise. To test my hypothesis, I went undercover. In the process, I hoped to learn something about what happens inside examination rooms across New York City and, by extension, the United States. Are teenybopper idols and those who emulate them freely choosing plastic surgery? Or is plastic surgery choosing them?

My mission within this sterile examination room is simple enough: to catch an up-close-and-personal glimpse of a multi-billion-dollar industry. This is my first stop in a series of three consultations with plastic surgeons at various price points. I plan to give each one free rein over my face and body, to discover how far each will go in urging me to alter my objectively healthy, 27-year-old, five-foot-nine-inch, 120-pound figure.

I won't post all of the comments made by Dr. David P. Rappaport and the other surgeons but the money quote is this.

In total, Dr. Rapaport proposes roughly $33,000 worth of plastic surgery. By this time my self-image is so battered that, had I the money, I sincerely doubt I could refuse.

Now, I'm not in any way anti-surgery...if you need it. My Beverly Hills doctor has already suggested a mini face lift for me....though it wouldn't be my first choice in surgical self improvement...I'd much rather have a boob job and lipo now and a face lift later.

Do you think that $33,000 in surgery is a reasonable investment for a 27 year old woman with a figure like this?
Just curious...
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Deja Pseu said...

In.Freekin.Sane. Personally, I think our culture is totally f'ed up when it comes to stuff like this.

I don't think she *needs* a penny's worth of anything (and neither do you, look great!). I also think some women really grow into their looks in their 30's and 40's. That said, if a little "freshening" makes someone look and feel better, who am I to judge? I just wish we could learn to see character instead of flaws.

Belle de Ville said...

Of course, she's fine the way she is....and the surgeons are just trying to make money by offering proceedures that clients don't need.
It's all about the $$$

Karen said...

Belle, your face is perfect already!! You will look way too tight and pulled if you lift anything!Get the boobs or lipo, but don't f**c* with your face!!!

This surgery stuff has gone over the edge.

Promise me you'll stick to the needle!

Belle de Ville said... this point I rather put the money into's the only investment that I can count on for the short run.

Karen said...

Thank Goodness for all my 22k from Dubai. It's my dowry.

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