Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Plastic Surgery- When Is It Worth The Risk?


Solange Magnano, a model and former Miss Argentina died on Sunday after undergoing an elective plastic surgery. On her butt.

The CNN article didn't give too many details, but I'm assuming that a butt surgery means getting implants. Regular readers know I'm generally in favor of any procedure that makes one happier and more confident, so if one finds that her bum is the one thing standing between her and happiness, I would never judge. As a teenager I seriously thought my nose was the reason I didn't have a boyfriend, and vowed that once I hit 18 (my parents wouldn't allow me to get a nose job at 16) I was going under the knife. By the end of 1988 I was already dating and the schnoz was forgotten.

Hollywood women often start getting anti-aging work done in their 30s, which used to shock me, but we have gotten used to seeing a botoxed face on 33 year olds. Apparently, an immovable forehead is the new black. A while ago there was a segment on awfulplasticsurgery.com showing the high likelihood that the most stunning face in showbiz, Angelina Jolie's, might not have come so directly from John Voight's genetic material. How would have we reacted had something went awry there?

37 year old Solange Magnano lost her life during the quest for the perfect behind, a surgery I personally wouldn't have ever considered. But what kind of surgery is worth the risk? Perkier boobs? An eye lift?

What do you think?

Photo: CNN

8 comments:

  1. I had read about this earlier today. She was a stunning beauty with amazing looks. It is very tragic that she lost her life over a body part that could perhaps have been enhanced through exercise. I have read that Brazilians in particular are obsessed with plastic surgery in their quest for the perfect body. It is extremely sad that someone so blessed with such beauty lost their life. Having fun with make-up is one thing, but this unfortunately is the dark side of beauty. Thanks for your post.

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  2. I am a long time reader and fan of your blog, but until now, I've never commented. But this is a very serious issue and one about which I'm passionate.

    You made the comment that as long as something makes a woman happier and more confident, then you wouldn't judge. I've heard that same sentiment from other woman in positions to influence our thinking - Oprah comes immediately to mind. Here is the problem with that thinking- as long as our happiness, our self-worth, and our confidence comes from something, anything OUTSIDE of us - we will NEVER be happy, confident or worthy.

    Woman have become compliant partners in their own slavery and oppression. It's got to stop.

    Donna

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  3. Donna, I'm so with you on this. Thank you !

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  4. I went through a period where I wanted to do sth about my nose. Now I'm really content with the way I look. The only plastic surgery I can imagine in my future is getting my boobs back up after having children (not making them bigger just back where they are now) and perhaps making my eyelids less droopier.
    I can't imagine having sth artificial as part of my body just for beauty sake. I don't find that beautiful.

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  5. I am not afraid to judge on this issue.

    I think it is *the* dumbest reason to die.

    She left 2 children -- because she wanted a bigger butt!!?! (yes, I realize it is a cultural phenomenon in Brazil, but I hope this demonstrates it has gone too far).

    I am not a fan of plastic surgery; there are a few cases where I think there has been an enhancement, but many, many more where the person's face has been completely destroyed. Think of Kenny Rogers (why the heck did he need an eyelift? He was handsome as he was!). Meg Ryan... oh, I can cry about what happened to Meg Ryan. Mary Tyler Moore (of all the female heroines! Not her!), or Jessica Lange (I really thought she was above that -- I thought that as a magnificent actress, she would let her face age gracefully).

    Actually, having lived in Europe for the past 3 years, I now view a full face of make-up as too much, too artificial. Here, anything that does more than discreetly improve the skin tone, add a little blush, stain a lip or subtly darken eyelashes seems too heavy, as least for daily wear.

    The human face is beautiful as it ages, the human body is beautiful in all the shapes and sizes it comes in. As a society, we need to open our eyes to that, and accept it individually. We cannot hold on to youth eternally, and "perfection" is boring. In Japanese culture, there is a word which describes this... the aesthetic concept is that a work of art is not beautiful if it is too perfect, but rather, is more beautiful if there is some sort of imperfection, of sponteneity. Shibusa, if I am not mistaken.

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  6. IMHO, if one's happiness and self-esteem are based solely on one's physical appearance and achieving some impossible standard of beauty, then one is sorely in need of an attitude adjustment. The woman who is confident, knows her worth, and accepts herself as she is, is beautiful.

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  7. I think that plastic surgery is the opposite of taking care of yourself.
    The beauty industry (like any other industry) has the right to exist as long as it doesn't damage an otherwise healthy body.

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  8. SHIBUSA is then the word I have learned today. Beauty is NOT perfection.

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