Like every other woman in the world or person for that matter, I want to look and feel my best when I step outside that door and into society. This desire is nothing new, as evidenced in the long history of plastic surgery in civilizations around the world.
Reconstructive surgery techniques were being carried out in India by 800 BC. Sushruta, the father of Surgery, made important contributions to the field of plastic and cataract surgery in 6th century BC. The medical works of both Sushruta and Charak originally in Sanskrit were translated into the Arabic language during the Abbasid Caliphate in 750 AD. The Arabic translations made their way into Europe via intermediaries. In Italy the Branca family of Sicily and Gaspare Tagliacozzi (Bologna) became familiar with the techniques of Sushruta. British physicians travelled to India to observe rhinoplasties being performed by native methods.
The first American plastic surgeon was John Peter Mettauer, who, in 1827, performed the first cleft palate operation with instruments that he designed himself. In 1845, Johann Friedrich Dieffenbach wrote a comprehensive text on rhinoplasty, entitled Operative Chirurgie, and introduced the concept of reoperation to improve the cosmetic appearance of the reconstructed nose.
In World War I, Harold Gillies, a New Zealand otolaryngologist working in London, developed many of the techniques of modern facial surgery in caring for soldiers suffering from disfiguring facial injuries.
Now if reconstructive, plastic and cosmetic surgery has been around for this long and we happily perform plastic surgery on babies to enhance their quality of life which I completely support, why do so many of us feel guilty about the surgery we choose to undergo to improve ourselves?
There is not a great deal of talk on the subject many feeling as though speaking about what we do to look our best is somewhat secretive. We have only just come into a time where we feel more comfortable asking friends “where did you get that dress?” Or “what makeup are you wearing?” It was once frowned down upon to give away your beauty secrets or even suggest that you need to do anything to look your best.
Society as a collective whole has become more open and honest about the daily and life struggle we each endure to become more beautiful on the inside and out.
Nobody rolls out of bed and on to the television screen looking absolutely perfect and the secrets of the touched up beauty world were once just that, a secret. A great marketing technique making you believe if you bought their product you could look just like the girl on the cover of the magazine.
It was about six years ago when a massive moving billboard went viral showing everything a model goes through to be picture perfect for a head shot, including the computer generated touch ups.
Although many of us may not look like a supermodel and we will never look like someone else, we can look our most amazing!
Looking our best doesn’t only give us confidence, makes us happier and more productive it also makes the cells in our body zing! Essentially making us healthier.
Putting ourselves first by simply making the time to brush our hair, put our makeup on, have time out to rest or exercise and completing the cosmetic surgeries we feel are so important and deep within our psyche DOES make you a better person on the inside and out. Don’t get me wrong if you have imperfection and are completely at peace with them, be at peace with them but if you are not, if you’re in turmoil with your imperfection, find peace by changing what you can.