Ask Peter: Women & Plastic Surgery

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The question what men think about women and plastic surgery is too simplified. No one is exclusively for or against cosmetic procedures, and many factors influence mine, and men’s opinion, in general. Among them are the reasons why a woman decided to go “under the knife” and the severity of the applied changes. Of course, we men like to say and think that we prefer all natural, which is in most of the cases true, but sometimes, a little touching up, if a women feels like she needs it cannot do harm.

Let us get one thing clear first, for men, there is nothing more attractive than a confident women, believing she is beautiful as she is. And I understand the need to stay forever young, especially when the profession imposes such appearance, so it makes sense why the actresses in Hollywood feel the need to inject Botox in their face, neck and cleavage every couple of months. Still, wrinkles are a natural advent and they happen to all of us. Someone once told me that our skin is like rings on the tree, telling the world how old we are and what kind of experiences we have had. If we tighten those wrinkles, are not we losing a part of ourselves?

Believe it or not, men too can look at themselves in the mirror and find tons of things they want to change. As a matter of fact, the trend of men undergoing cosmetic procedures has been on the rise for several years now, so do not fool yourself that we do not understand the need to snap our fingers and make our flaws go away. And that is normal. After all, we are living in the 21st century that provides us such a wide array of options that it would be a shame not to use the most of them.

Some procedures are even necessary for health reasons. I have discussed this topic with experts on breast reduction in Sydney, and they explained that many women come to them to relieve the discomfort they have because of overly large breasts, which restricts their ability to lead an active life. Another often necessary invasive procedure is rhinoplasty, which is done not only to alter and improve the nose appearance, but together with septoplasty, to solve the problem of nose deviation.

However, undergoing plastic procedures just for some personal insecurities and depression can cause more harm than good. If you are mentally unprepared for such a change or if you end up feeling unsatisfied by the results, you may become even more depressed. I would recommend to first work on your mind and try to accept yourself as you are. Look at the mirror each day and tell your reflection how beautiful it is, until you are able to say it loud enough and believe in it.

Photo Credit: Jason Bell.

To conclude, neither one of the cosmetic procedures, both invasive and non-invasive options, does not have to be necessarily bad or wrong. If done with moderation, in a way that enhances your look (so, not Pamela Anderson’s breast but Blake Lively’s, and not Donatella Versace lips, but Keira Knightley’s), instead of altering it completely and making you unrecognizable. Take for example Renee Zellweger, the actress had a decent America’s sweetheart look, when she starred in “Jerry Maguire” and “Bridget Jones.” Although I cannot claim that she is ugly today, the fact that she looks nothing like in these movies is simply freaking me out.

I know it sounds as a cliché, but I believe that all the women of the world are beautiful in their own unique way, but if any woman feels the need to change something with plastic surgery it is entirely her decision.

P.S. Women, do not ever lose sight that we love you; with your curves, large or small breast, crooked noses and wrinkles that tell stories…

~ Peter Minkoff, Associate Editor

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