Summary: Since the creation of moving pictures (and arguably before), beauty has been the lynchpin of Hollywood success. When it fades, so too does the career. Plastic surgery can extend the youthfulness of Hollywood celebrities, and there’s intense pressure to have work done, but it’s worth thinking about whether this is the right response to the pressure to always be beautiful. If nothing else, that response should be thoughtful, if only because it’s a pressure that has reach far beyond the hazy hills of Tinsel Town.
Beauty is a commodity in Hollywood. For as long as there have been actors and actresses, there has been pressure to conform to a broader social view of what beautiful is. The loss of beauty is, quite often, connected to a decline in career. So it’s not surprising that Tinsel Town, often (incorrectly, we’d wager) called the world capital of plastic surgery, there is intense pressure to hold on that youthful look for as long as possible, by whatever means possible. In a recent interview with YOU Magazine, even Julia Roberts admitted that not getting plastic surgery is a “big risk.”
The risk, for many Hollywood celebrities, is largely an economic one. We live in a society that, I don’t think it’s too much of an exaggeration to say, worships youth. So, when the youthful looks go away, offers and—perhaps, more importantly—parts start to dissipate. This is especially true for women actors rather than their male counterparts. Thus, plastic surgery is seen as an investment not only in themselves but also in their careers. It’s also an investment that, for better or worse, pays off.
It Doesn’t End in Hollywood
But the truth of the matter is that this type of career-centered pressure doesn’t end in Hollywood. Rather, it’s pretty pervasive. When it comes to job interviews, promotions, or raise requests, there is generally more success when the employee (or potential employee) does not look too old. I should be clear here that the data seems to suggest that looking too young is not necessarily a good thing, but at the same time, looking too old can be absolutely disastrous. (It’s also worth noting that we’re speaking from a statistical—not a personal—standpoint. Your situation could, indeed, be different).
So there’s an intense degree of pressure to look good and look young. It’s worth pondering whether yielding to this pressure is a good reason to undergo such a procedure. After all, plastic surgery involves certain inherent risks as well as a lengthy recovery time. This means that in most cases, plastic surgery will not provide you with an instant benefit.
There is, however, a less invasive option, especially when it comes to maintaining a youthful look, rather than creating one. Injectable fillers are a noninvasive way to generate a more youthful look. But they’re also so much more than that. Injectables have a wide variety of uses that, in some cases, can replicate to some degree some of the appearances of plastic surgery. Perhaps the most famous of these was developed in Los Angeles: Non Surgical Rhinoplasty. During this procedure, cosmetic surgeons can change the shape of your nose to give you a stronger or slimmer profile or bring definition to the bridge of your nose. Generally, the results are immediate and the procedure is light on discomfort.
And while nonsurgical rhinoplasty may be the most famous version of these nonsurgical procedures, it’s not the only one. Rather, these procedures range from non-surgical jaw reduction, using Botox, to the non surgical blepharoplasty Los Angeles area patients rave about. It shouldn’t be surprising that, in a town as famously aesthetic as L.A., many of these procedures got their first big kick start.
And this doesn’t even touch on the wonders of Botox, Artefill, Voluma, and other wrinkle treatments. These procedures have grown more and more refined over the years, finding power in adding subtle, youthful shifts to your face. By eliminating wrinkles, making a few corrections to your nose or jaw, and eliminating circles under your eyes, you can make yourself look much younger without ever going under the knife.
Whether this is the correct response to the type of intense pressure that we all—but especially women—face is difficult to say for certain. But it’s hard to fault the cosmetic surgery patients that elect to undergo these relatively low risk, instantly gratifying procedures. It’s even less difficult to fault them for undergoing these procedures when the stakes are high—when a raise is on the line or when a career is on the line. It’s true that the world probably shouldn’t be that way, that the criteria on which we judge these things is terribly unfair, but it’s also difficult to blame those women who work the system to find advantages rather than to accept disadvantages as a form of protest.
When it comes to cosmetic procedures, you should always feel comfortable getting the procedure for yourself. That is, in theory, you shouldn’t bow to outside pressure to get the procedure. And this is true for most patients—they simply feel great, and feel youthful, afterward.