Is cosmetic surgery really so bad?

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Ukranian model and personality Valeria Lukyanova has received criticism for becoming "human barbie".

Last week we reported on an emerging trend in women’s cosmetic procedures known as the ‘hand lift.’ The temporary, costly procedure is designed to give hands a fuller, more youthful appearance.

Why would any woman subject herself to needles for the sake of pre-pubescent hands? Blame it on the millenial phenomenon known as the engagement ring selfie.

As it turns out, the celebratory bauble snapshots clogging up your social media feeds are now indicative of much more than the future husband’s salary. Women want to hide any signs of aging on their hands.

A Philly.com commenter took a hard stance on the fad, declaring, “Kill yourself if you do this.”

The hand lift report certainly shines an unflattering light on our society’s mismanagement of matrimonial priorities, but is a little vanity really commensurate with such radical backlash?

Greg Stevens of the Daily Dot analyzed some our society's most common arguments against cosmetic surgery and declared them, quite simply, wrong.

On the cost:

One can always make the argument that the same amount of money could be “better spent” on other things, certainly, but most progressive people realize that if you go down the road of dictating how people may or may not spend their spare cash you hit a moral sinkhole.

On the physical risk:

If the surgery is done in the proper environment by degreed and skilled professionals, there is very little risk. The rate of serious complications is less than one half of one percent.

Once cost and physical risk were removed from the equation, Stevens identified three lingering criticisms popular among even the most liberal-leaning individuals:

1) People who elect to have cosmetic surgery are insecure.
2) People who elect to have cosmetic procedures must be shallow.
3) People who elect to have cosmetic procedures are reinforcing the narcissism of our culture.

He then urges acceptance of a shockingly simple philosophy:

We are living in a time of enormous progressive social change, as we increasingly become comfortable with the fact that different people have different values, desires, religions, and moral systems, and that maybe we can all co-exist peacefully.

Stevens failed to mention my own (ironically shallow) criticism of cosmetic surgery, in that I simply prefer the look of natural features to that of their modified counterparts.

It's hard to believe that the same procedures responsible for building the abominable Human Barbie can also reconstruct a body rattled by cancer. Hand lifts may never contribute a single positive thing to society, but cosmetic surgery as a whole certainly can. Who are we to judge?

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