A few years ago, plastic surgery was something that wasn’t accessible to ordinary people. It was strictly in the realm of celebrities, movie stars, entertainers, and politicians. It was something that could only be done by the rich and famous. It was also … a big secret.
Many of the beautiful, well-proportioned, aesthetically pleasing people on our screens wanted us to believe their physical gifts were natural, whether those gifts were ample breasts, statuesque noses, perfect pecs, tiny waists, or 2% body fat.
The reason celebrities preferred for us to think their beauty was natural is simple. It placed them on a pedestal. It told us that their perfection was a divine gift, and it justified our adoration. After all, if a man or woman was much more attractive than anyone else, it made sense to spend money in order to enjoy their beauty and talent. The more attractive their bodies were, the more money they could earn.
These days, classic good looks are available to anyone that can afford them. Reality shows like Botched, Nip/Tuck, and Dr 90210 show that we are as fascinated with plastic surgery as we have ever been. The popularity of these shows remind us that even ‘normal’ people want to be exceptionally beautiful, and they are willing to use their resources to do it.
In the past, celebrities didn’t want people to know they’d had surgery because it might affect their image and their earning power. For some ordinary people, having the world know that you had surgery might seem uncomfortable. They may be afraid that if their friends and family knew they had work done, they might be seen as vain, superficial, or spendthrift.
Plastic surgery is quite a large investment. If you happened to tell your family you’re getting a boob job, they might laugh at you, or they might judge you, suggesting all the other ways you could use that money instead. Some of their suggestions are likely to be less polite than others. At least one of your aunts might say – “if you have so much money to waste, why don’t you save the starving children, or better yet, pay off my debts or buy me a new house.”
Even though a patient may want to avoid the distress and potential embarrassment that comes with admitting their surgery, a large part of them really wants you to know they had work done. The primary reason for this is prestige, and it takes many forms.
Recovering from surgery is a long, intensive process that can sometimes be quite painful. Certain people enjoy showing the world that they are tough enough to face this kind of discomfort in their pursuit of beauty. It’s similar to tattoo wearers bragging about the pain involved in their body art, or mothers comparing notes on the length and endurance of their natural championship no-drugs childbirth.
For other patients, plastic surgery is a prize they worked really hard for, just like a big house or a fancy car. They spent a lot of time, money, and effort to get that surgery, and they want the world to know it was worth it. Telling the world about your surgery is just like taking a drive in your new sports car so that all the neighbours can see you.
One of the biggest benefits of plastic surgery is a boost in self-esteem. For many patients, giving yourself the nose, cheeks, breasts, butt, abs, or face you’ve always wanted is the culmination of a life-long dream. When you wake up feeling beautiful, fabulous, and happy with yourself, you want everyone to know the reason for your newfound joy, and you’ll probably be excited to share the news. You may even want to share your surgeon’s name so that your loved ones can get surgery and be as happy as you are now.
Telling people about your plastic surgery offers a tremendous sense of validation. Patients feel they have achieved something tremendous, because they were financially secure enough to afford the surgery, and because they were able to overcome their fear, discomfort, and other barriers. The results of their successful surgery prove that it was all worth it, and when you’re feeling that proud of yourself, you probably want the whole world to know it.
So, while it may seem proper, modest, or politically correct to keep your plastic surgery experiences a secret, there’s also a tremendous amount of pleasure in letting the world know the real source of your beauty and joy. And there’s no shame in wanting to show off your beautiful – and expensive – new body.