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Many women choose plastic surgery because they want to defy the aging process. Some want their self-esteem back while others just want to look like Barbie dolls and make an impression. The problem with plastic surgery is that it chases perfection. Women are willing to erase the features in their bodies that make them unique in pursuit of an ideal. Some are even open at the idea of wiping out their cultural heritage.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. It is subjective and is described differently from individual to individual. In spite of this, society continues to persuade the female audience that beauty is characterized by firm breasts, curved buttocks, thin waist, skinny legs, and perfectly tattooed eyebrows. A lot of women thrive to have that Barbie doll physique, even if this implies undergoing a wealth of dim-witted plastic surgery interventions. Bee-stung lips, eyebrows that look surprised all the time, double eyelid surgery, and really small noses are some of the most common interventions a woman would have to look young and beautiful.

How can plastic surgery erase your cultural background?

Every woman has at least one beauty ideal. Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez and Kim Kardashian are beauty ideals and in some ways they define perfection. However, if you’re Asian and you choose to have eye lid surgery to have Angelina’s eyes, doesn’t this mean you’re erasing your cultural background? And that’s not all.
Increasingly more African American women have nose jobs to slim down their noses, as well as liposuction to trim their waists and lift their buttocks. What we see on TV is incredibly artificial too. Most celebrities underwent plastic surgery, and some don’t even want to admit that they had some work done to their faces and bodies.


Plastic surgery that maintains cultural background

As surprising as this may appear like, certain plastic surgeons recommend interventions to women that won’t affect their ethnicity. Regardless of nationality, race, age, or ethnicity, experts state that women who undergo cosmetic surgery chase the American ideal. Whether they’re Latinas, Asians, or African-Americans, women are drawn by perfect American bodies they see on TV, in magazines, videos, and movies.

As concerning as this may appear, it is important to emphasize the all women are at liberty to do whatever they want with their bodies. If they want to look like Angelina Jolie, then they’re free to do it. There’s a lot of motivation too. If we were to walk down New York City, we would see on billboards that same woman ideal – small nose, thin waist, round eyes, perfectly shapes eyebrows, and long legs. It doesn’t matter whether they’re black, white, blond or brunet because these features go beyond race and ethnicity. It’s all about body construction.


Eye surgery – just as popular as breast augmentation in the US

Believe it or not, eye surgery is the most popular type of plastic surgery in South Korea, a lot more popular than breast augmentation or nose job. This form of intervention is not just for the mature women; according to specialists, young teens have it too. We’re talking about an intervention that modifies the shape of the eyes. It “repairs” them because South Korean women have that “tired look” that can’t be changed due to the natural shape of their eyes.

To create a wide-eyed look and a double lid, a small incision is performed above the eye area. The final result is truly remarkable as it visibly changes the patient’s whole face features. Another example is Brazil, where women have silicone implants into their buttocks to add curve and volume. Many people assume that Brazilian women are curvaceous by nature; that’s not true. Again, we have an ideal, a typical body type women want to have. To achieve it, they go under the knife.

How far would you go to look like your ideal? Plastic surgery has its benefits, and there’s no denying about that. Nevertheless, we can’t overlook the fact that we live in a society where general appearances rule our lives. Women who prefer to remain natural become invisible as Barbie dolls conquer all billboards and Giselle wannabes become international fashion models. How do we compete with the beauty ideal? There’s only one solution – embrace your ethnicity and be proud of it. You are unique, and that should make you feel beautiful!


About the author:  Denny Averill writes about health and fitness related topics. He poses a deep knowledge at this field. Also he writes for which offers a full range of Cosmetic Surgery and non-surgical procedures for men and women.


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