Plastic Surgery: Youth and Beauty for One and All

There is no shortage of liberal causes.  But should anybody look for one more, here is a good one – curb plastic surgery!

Everyone is looking for ways and means to reduce the cost of health care. Good citizens should demand that a large number of doctors and nurses who are using their skills merely to satisfy human vanity should  return to the path of Virtue, the sooner the better. They should be reminded that only few of them, if any, chose their profession in the first place only to become rich. At least some of them will listen to the voice of conscience.

There is no question that in many cases plastic surgery is highly beneficial and does not require justification. But a quick study of the amount of advertising space devoted to it in certain magazines, and of the tone of the ads, will convince any doubters that the technology of beautification is being sold subliminally on the grounds that, in a democracy, youth and beauty are civic duties and that, therefore, aging and death should be outvoted. In an election, who would want to run on a pro-aging-and-death platform?

Fortunately, a recent news story has come along to support the cause of Virtue. “It took years for Hollywood to create the perfect woman,” Laura M. Molson wrote in The New York Times of April 25. “Now it wants the old one back.”

Casting directors are going to England and Australia to look for more natural looking actors “because the amply endowed, freakishly young-looking crowd that shows up for auditions in Los Angeles suffers from too much sameness.”


10 responses to “Plastic Surgery: Youth and Beauty for One and All

  1. David Schatzky

    Two comments from two beautiful Hollywood stars who have refused surgery:

    Sharon Stone, 49
    “I haven’t had plastic surgery and I wouldn’t have it in the future. I’m not afraid of ageing. I stopped being afraid of life a long time ago.”

    Julianne Moore, 46
    “I don’t understand how an immovable face is a beautiful face – I don’t think it is. You want to hold people to standards that are human and attainable and naturally beautiful, rather than thinking we have to be something that we’re not.”

    • The only “star” who boasts of having had cosmetic surgery and benefited from it is Phyllis Diller. Can you think of another? (A rhetorical question).

  2. Horace Krever

    It may, indeed, be the case that very few doctors chose their profession in order to become rich but certainly a few of them chose the specialty of cosmetic surgery with that end in view. Theraputic plastic surgeons who have resisted that temptation deserve our respect, admiration, and liberal compensation.

  3. Alan Pearson

    Mr Krever makes the crucial distinction: it is cosmetic surgery that is the waste of resources; plastic surgery (to repair the injuries of burn victims, for example) is a thoroughly laudable profession.

    Remember the old saying: Until the age of forty you have the face you inherited, after forty you have the face you deserve.

  4. Mignon Elkins

    I can think of another star who has received multiple surgeries to her face and other portions of her anatomy. Cher.

    At 81 I am more than happy with my fat face and the lines I’ve earned over the years. Also I can still laugh. I had a 70 year old friend who had a face lift and couldn’t laugh after it. What sort of a life is that?

  5. One can always insert a laugh-track. Or, when needed, put up a sign: LAUGHTER, or I AM AMUSED.