Though it may surprise many, women do not always seek beauty for others. Women all over the world are compelled to seek cosmetic surgery to feel better about themselves and their appearance.
According to a report by the University of San Francisco in the “late twentieth and early twenty-first century cosmetic surgery patients have traditionally been overwhelmingly female…” and with the extension of numerous cosmetic related advertisements in the media, women feel a greater need to enhance their face and bodies. Today, women undergo numerous types of cosmetic surgery in their pursuit of beauty.
Types of Cosmetic Surgeries Women Pursue
There are several types of cosmetic surgeries women clamor for most, these include:
. Face lifts, neck, brow and eyelid lifts
. Facial Contouring such as chin, cheek and rhinoplasty
. Tummy tucks and liposuction
. Breast augmentation, reduction or lift
It is important to know the difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery. In plastic surgery, a woman seeks to repair defects or restore or reconstruct a normal, natural appearance. With cosmetic surgery, a woman focuses attention on enhancing her appearance. (Ref. http://www.americanboardcosmeticsurgery.org/patient-resources/cosmetic-surgery-vs-plastic-surgery/)
The Overwhelming Pursuit of Beauty
Men and women have very different views of what comprises “beauty.” For example, the author, Margaret Wolfe Hungerford wrote, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” in her 1878 tome, “Molly Bawn.”
Prior to that, Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1741, “Beauty like supreme dominion, is but supported by opinion.” It is easy to see Benjamin Franklin’s view of beauty was based on opinion. Hungerford believed beauty is visible first and opinion of it formed only after it is seen.
For many women, this is proof that beauty once seen is beauty at immediately determined. This explains why women feel compelled to go under the knife to present the most beautiful first impression. Women pursuit beauty to protect their image from negative judgments of others.
What is Your Opinion of Your Beauty?
When you look in the mirror, the image reflected back to you speaks volumes of your personal feelings about your beauty. It isn’t recommended to judge your beauty soon after waking.
Also, age plays a big role in your personal opinion of your beauty. Today’s society is youth oriented to the extreme. As such, older women who may never have considered going under the knife feel a certain pressure to consider cosmetic or plastic surgery of the face and/or body to maintain youth.
The icon of maintaining her youth was the late and famous comedienne, Joan Rivers. She prized beauty to the extent that she underwent the knife numerous times to preserve her looks.
Another late and famous comedienne, Phyllis Diller, was quite outspoken about the plastic surgery that transformed her from a plain appearance to a true beauty. When asked by Bob Hope why she chose plastic surgery, she jokingly stated, “I got sick and tired of the dog trying to drag me out in the yard and bury me.”
More recently, the actress, Renee Zellweger, underwent the knife to create a stunning facial change. With fuller lips, thinner cheeks and higher forehead, the public clamored over these changes.
Who is the Fairest of All?
If the image you see in mirror is a reflection that could be improved, today’s cosmetic and plastic surgery may be an answer to correcting unsightly physical flaws and creating a happier woman.