Summary: If you’re living in New Jersey and you decide to get a Facelift in Ridgewood, NJ, it could be for a variety of reasons. But if you’re thinking about your career, it’s hard to argue that a facelift won’t give you a nice little boost. And if that’s a good enough reason to get a facelift, isn’t winning a beauty pageant also a good reason to get a facelift? Granted, when it comes to beauty pageants, such as the recently wrapped Miss Universe pageant, the facelift might not be on the table so much as breast lifts/augmentations or tummy tucks, but it’s still a legitimate question. How does plastic surgery work in beauty pageants? Is it cheating, or taking advantage of modern medicine?
Daily Pressure and Plastic Surgery
On this blog, we often speak about the pressures of celebrity life, especially when it comes to looking good and looking young. And it’s a good thing we talk about it, because that pressure is not only palpable, but it’s reflective of broader pressures felt by women all over the world. It’s not only celebrities who feel as though their success is inextricably linked to their appearance (by no means do I mean to imply that those women think this connection is right). And so we have another story that highlights (by amplification) these pressures.
The Miss Universe pageant just wrapped up. And every year, there’s a little bit of controversy because the Miss Universe pageant doesn’t really take a stand on plastic surgery. Just before her 2015 win, Paulina Vega (Miss Columbia, for those keeping score) was interviewed by The Huffington Post, and in that interview, she mentioned that she, herself, was somewhat ambivalent about plastic surgery. In her words, “I agree [that plastic surgery should be allowed], but not when they use this new technology, this new tool excessively.” Basically, as long as it isn’t taken to an extreme, Miss Columbia doesn’t mind when contestants have had plastic surgery.
Plastic Surgery to Rise Above?
Although Vega hasn’t admitted to having plastic surgery herself, her ambivalent attitude isn’t altogether surprising. South America (that continent on which Columbia is located, for those of you less geographically inclined) is famous for its embrace of plastic surgery. Indeed, we’ve talked before about how popular plastic surgery is in areas such as Venezuela and Brazil—and there are, of course, benefits and drawbacks to that popularity. Indeed, because plastic surgery is so popular in Brazil and Venezuela, there’s almost an added pressure to sign up for that plastic surgery.
There are probably few people who feel as pressured about their looks than contestants in beauty pageants, such as the Miss Universe pageant. And plastic surgery comes up because, to some, it may be seen as a kind of unfair advantage—a performance enhancing drug of the beauty pageant world. There’s some truth to that, in that plastic surgery is a costly enterprise, and as such, this can favor contestants who have more money at their disposal. However, this is largely already the case—as those with spare time and spare resources are those who can afford to exercise, diet, and so on. In a way, plastic surgery functions the same way.
Can Plastic Surgery be a Career Saver? Or Starter?
There’s another way to look at this, too. Many people who undergo plastic surgery today do so to get a leg up in their career fields. If you’re working in a competitive part of the country, such as in New York or New Jersey, then you may go in for a facelift in Ridgewood, NJ, because you don’t want to look older when you go out for a job interview or when you’re up for a promotion. Career stakes are high stakes. And I think it’s pretty similar for the women competing in these beauty pageants. For contestants, these are certainly career stakes, and it’s hard to blame those who would be tempted to go in for plastic surgery if it could yield a competitive advantage.
Of course, one sure road to ruin is through some kind of botched procedure (this is another unfortunate and unfair side of the equation, as most people agree that looks should have little to do with overall success in life—and yet, they do). So there are certainly risks and drawbacks involved. And, of course, you get what you pay for. You definitely want to make sure you’re looking for a board certified plastic surgeon, and you definitely want to make sure you get a good feeling about him or her before the procedure. After all, the plastic surgeon is there to answer your questions and help you get the results you want.
Work With What You’ve Got
That said, there are some added benefits. In the professional sphere, we talk about how looking more youthful and vibrant might help you when it comes time for that job interview or for the big promotion. But there’s more to it than that. At least, it’s not quite that straightforward. There’s something to be said for that boost of confidence and self-esteem that comes right after the procedure. In other words, maybe it’s not the facelift itself that is the thing that gets you the job, but the confidence you show after the facelift. Then again, it could also be some combination of the two. The point is that plastic surgery can indeed help you get what you want out of life—but that’s not incentive enough for you to go under the knife. Rather, if you’re thinking about plastic surgery, your motivations should be focused on yourself first—and the outside world second.
When you focus on being your real self, when you keep realistic expectations in mind, you have the best chance of achieving excellent results. And that means you’ll look younger, more vibrant, and more youthful.