[quote]“I hate when models say ‘Oh, plastic surgery is just a wrong thing.' What are you talking about? You won the genetic lottery. You look like this specimen that’s making people everywhere feel insecure and you’re going to ridicule someone for getting plastic surgery?”[/quote]
--- Tyra Banks
Perhaps you’ve heard about actress Amanda Bynes’ recent meltdown, conveniently logged and meticulously narrated on Twitter. One recurring theme centers on her love of plastic surgery: she underwent surgery to remove the “webbing” from her eyes and is in the process of having ongoing nose surgery -- but that promises to just be the beginning of her radical aesthetic transformation, if this tweet is any indication of what’s yet to come: "I Plan On Having Surgery On My Whole Face Straight Up."
With plastic surgery dating back as far as 6000 BC, we cannot entirely blame media for our obsession with physical transformation. Beauty standards and ideals are not universal, but they are certainly culture-specific, as exemplified by a the recent buzz over images of Korean beauty contestants (pictured above). While it’s impossible to determine how many of these women have gone under the knife, it is worth noting their uncanny resemblance to each other, and the fact that Korea has more plastic surgery procedures per capita than any country in the world. In Korea, plastic surgery -- and double eyelid surgery in particular -- is a sort of “coming of age” ceremony that is viewed as a “personal investment” in their future -- a rationale that crosses cultural lines.
So, clearly, plastic surgery isn’t just about boosting confidence -- it’s also linked to claiming or retaining relevance, and not only in Korea. As Hillary Clinton contemplates a presidential run in 2016, critics offer commentary on whether she’s “wrinkle-free” as a visual demonstration of her desirability (and potential efficacy) as a leader, asking if Americans “want to...actually watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis?” When plastic surgery takes off a perceived average of 7.2 years to your audience, is it vanity or professional vitality that’s at stake?
As you contemplate the pros and cons of cosmetic procedures, here are some non-invasive ways to boost confidence and increase personal relevance:
Your genes may not be cooperating with producing your desired look, but defined facial contouring can be only a few brushstrokes away.
Botox isn’t the only option for recapturing youthfulness, while still aging gracefully. Everything from retinol to eye makeup to diet can make for a more youthful appearance. Find more Botox substitutes here.
Confidence is both internal and external. Small, everyday actions like smiling, meditating, and even inhaling certain scents can radically, positively transform what you’re projecting. Here are 41 other healthy, doable confidence boosters.