Celebrities tarnish plastic surgery for those who really need it

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Haley Chappell

Plastic surgery and different cosmetic procedures are not unusual to the men and women of Hollywood. Changing your body is a privilege and a sign of high status when you can change your nose or get your butt enlarged. Many celebrities even seem to freeze in time and “never age.” However, where is the line drawn?

Recently in the news, particularly in Star Magazine, Renee Zellweger’s new face has been featured and caused some controversy. It seems odd that a super-star actress, who was considered to be beautiful by many, would want to completely change her face.

“Renee’s wider eyes, higher forehead and narrower face set off a firestorm of comments,” said a representative from Star Magazine in an interview conducted by Lacy Looney, Sarah Cordes and Alex Burton.

Later in the article, there was speculation as to why she changed her face and whether or not it had anything to do with personal matters or if she just got bored. However, Zellweger was quoted saying that she was happy that people saw a difference.

“Laughing off talk of plastic surgery as ‘silly,’ I am glad people think I look different…” and she attributes this to a “happier and healthier lifestyle,” said Zellweger to Star.

However, is changing your face the only way to achieve a happier lifestyle? Many types of plastic surgery can be unhealthy and lead to health complications.

An article on CNN.com reports that there are many risks to surgery, and some people have even died in the process.

“Solange Magnano, 37, died in hospital, after being transferred from a clinic where she underwent an elective surgery on her buttocks,” according to CNN.com.

I do understand people needing to feel confident about his or herself and feel beautiful, but you don’t have to change for that to happen. The fact that there are health risks involved and the surgery isn’t needed shows what society values most: beauty, not health.

Is having a plumper butt really worth the risk of death?

Now, I do agree with necessary cosmetic procedures. There have been many amazing achievements for burn victims and even soldiers who had damage due to explosions or shrapnel.

There are also certain surgeries, like breast reductions for women who have severe back pain or people with scars who want them fixed, that I think are necessary for that person’s comfort. But celebrities tend to use their money and power to get pointless procedures done.

Another example of this is Kylie Jenner getting her lips enlarged.

There is also an obsession in Hollywood to look younger, and Botox and other forms of plastic surgery contribute to that obsession too. This also seems silly to me because your face may be timeless, but your age will increase and it will eventually show.

The entire world takes notice of enlarged lips or a tummy tuck and has debates about if it is hot or not, yet the small children getting their cleft pallet fixed are called “ugly.”

I think that plastic surgery gets a negative connotation because of celebrities using it to enlarge breasts, tummy tuck, put more junk in the trunk and so on. But it really is an amazing thing that people who feel like they are deformed after a fire or after a blast from a bomb can feel like themselves again.

The spotlight should instead be placed on the people who have true success stories from plastic surgery, like the kids who have a cleft pallet fixed or the soldier who was wounded, and not focus on Renee Zellweger’s “new face.”

Let’s redirect what we see as beautiful and what we call plastic surgery back to the real success stories instead of who has the larger chest and who has the better behind.

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