From a young age, We are taught that looks are not so important and that true beauty is on the inside. Why haven't we internalized this? Humanity is a sinful and vain race, Judging more by appearances than what's in somebody's heart. If we don't judge someone for the color of their skin or their gender, Why judge others or ourselves because of a nose that's a little bigger than average or some other "imperfect" trait? We are fine the way God made us, And if the thing we want to change isn't an actively harmful medical condition, The surgery is just plain vain.
Absolutely, Unless it is done to repair a medical condition, Yes, That's all it is. It's ridiculous to try to paint it any other way. It's a pervasive sickness in our society that makes people, Especially women, Feel never good enough. Just think what we could accomplish as a society without these impediments? People are scared of their own power, They just want to take the easy way out, Look good and be pleasing to others. Yes I believe it's insanity
Yes, vanity is the driving force behind the swarms of people seeking to regain youth, recreate themselves and capture a dream. While vain people are often criticized for having an attribute seen as frivolous, I wonder if vanity may only be a person's respect for the body that holds the intelligent thought. A pretty picture is certainly more soothing than chaos.
If it improves a person's self esteem, Mood, Self image then it improves their mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health, And in fact, Has an impact on physical health and well being.
However, If it becomes obsessive and a person wants more and more surgery as we see in some cases of people with extremely low self esteem, Then obviously it's putting a bandage on a much deeper emotional problem.
Commonly, It is women who are aging and don't like the way they look who seek a "facelift". We are a society that values youth. Women, In particular, Seem to be ignored or almost "disappear" socially when they are older. It can boost a woman's self esteem and satisfaction in herself when she looks better, Less saggy and wrinkled. It makes the reality of aging and death a little less depressing, A little less "in your face" every time you look in a mirror. Women often say, "who is that? I don't feel like that old woman in the mirror. It's always a shock. " Maybe they just want to look as good as they feel.
I don't believe it is. We're constantly trying to improve ourselves mentally, Changing and opening the way we think about ourselves and those around us. This is an internal improvement, An improvement that we define based on what we perceive is good or beautiful. Why must we assume applying the same logic to our external appearance is a sign of vanity?
Some get plastic surgery because they feel ugly and/or are embarrassed about the way they look. Not everyone is born good looking, or even average for that matter. If it truly makes someone feel better about themselves, makes them more comfortable and unafraid to leave the house and find what makes them happy, how could that be considered vain?
Plastic surgery is not always about vanity. People that have severe medical conditions often require plastic surgery. Also, it can help the mental health of many. SRS surgery treats GID and most plastic surgery boosts self esteem which supports the mental well being of the person getting it. It really depends on the person.
No, plastic surgery is not just a sign of vanity. While often times plastic surgery is simply aesthetic there are times it has other purposes behind it. A 'nose job' for example can often be a procedure someone gets to repair a deviated septum and so that breathing becomes easier. Even if the root reason for the nose job is vanity it is not the only reason. The same can be said for even breast implants. While vanity, in some form, may be the main reason a woman chooses to have breast enhancement, self-esteem can often improve and help the woman feel better about herself. Whether that is a good reason to have improved self-esteem or not is not the issue but rather that vanity, strictly speaking, isn't the only reason that the surgery happened.
People have many reasons for undergoing plastic surgery. A soldier whose face was disfigured by an IED might have plastic surgery so he is not reminded of his trauma every time he looks in the mirror. This surgery would also affect the reactions that strangers have to his injury, which might benefit his mental health. Other people might have plastic surgery to change their bodies in a way that positively affects their self esteem. Perhaps some people do have plastic surgery because they are vain, but that judgment is so subjective that it's nearly meaningless.