Thursday, July 10, 2008

Plastic Comes Out Of The Closet (A Little Bit)

MSN has just released an online article about plastic surgery becoming more socially acceptable featuring David Quinta, 21, who has chronicled his rhinoplasty (nose job) on YouTube. Comments on the videos are mixed, with some supporters still leaving anti-surgery messages and some opponents chastising David for his decision.

Of course, we fully support David in his attempt to be clear and transparent and we encourage our readers to do the same. When you are honest and upfront from the beginning, it gives you options should the surgery go wrong. It can also be difficult to hide a procedure when the results are obvious - whether you look wonderful, or the surgery was botched.

On a philosophical note, mankind has always been attached to his form as semi-divine. In just about every culture, the gods and goddesses shared our outward appearance, which may be at least part of the reason why many of us are averse to changing our appearance. But the more you learn about cosmetic surgery and what's possible, the more your realize how imperfect and changeable our outside forms are - like the outside of a house, or the body of a car. The point is, just as our mothers once told us, it's not what's on the outside that counts; that part's changeable. It's what's on the inside that matters, because that's the part only you can change.

Way to go, David! You look wonderful.

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