Journalist calls for an end to cosmetic surgery stigma

100097441Celebrities should be more open about the plastic surgery they have had, according to an article in The Atlantic. Writing for the American magazine, journalist Michele Willens highlighted the case of former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – and that it has been more than three decades since a woman who lived in the White House revealed having a facelift. That was Betty Ford in the late 1970s.“I wanted a fresh new face to go with my beautiful new life,” said Mrs Ford after having puffiness removed under her eyes and some neck tightening. Michele Willens wrote: “Since then, billions of dollars and millions of women (and increasingly men) have had alterations, augmentations, erasures, fillings. There has been a seismic cultural shift and now sports stars, business and media figures, and even reality TV personalities have made some women feel they should also get to look like that.” She scorned the ‘have they, haven’t they?’ culture around plastic surgery; pointing out that ten million Americans spent $11 billion on some kind of cosmetic procedure last year, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. That was an increase of 106 per cent over the previous year. A million of those were men. “More and more people may be doing it, but are they telling their spouses, their friends, their kids? The stigma around plastic surgery hasn't gone away, and even individuals who share child or marriage woes may be hesitant on the beauty score.” Dermatologist Doris Day notes: “Interestingly, many women are saying their goal is not necessarily to look younger, but more to look refreshed and reflect how they feel on the inside. With the tools we have available today, we can accomplish this with a very natural and beautiful outcome. People are more upfront about wanting to look their best.”