The Hills' Heidi Montag before and after her most recent plastic surgery operations. Image courtesy of People Magazine.
By now most of us have heard about Heidi Montag and her new face and body. Headlines ring with titles such as “10 Procedures in 1 Day!” Whether this is a publicity stunt or Heidi is just trying to compete with the Britney wannabes of the world, plastic surgery is known to be one of the extreme methods that result from a constant obsession over looks. As Megan Fox and many other young stars know, plastic surgery can transform you from average to amazing, only sparing a few weeks of recovery time. However this epidemic is not only located in Hollywood; research conducted by Girlguiding UK has shown that 95% of 16-21-year-olds would change their bodies, 33% want to be thinner, and a 25% would consider cosmetic surgery. Does this mean that young women simply do not like the gym or are growing alarmingly more look-obsessed? Has the drive for perfection steered people away from simple healthy lifestyle changes to the quick fix of a 3 hour long procedure? This is by no means an attack on plastic surgery; it can do wonderful things for those who need it. Yet when young women who wear a size 2 are getting liposuction, it makes you wonder where society is heading. Yet one wonders if an era where the best graduation gift one can get is a nose job instead of a laptop is soon approaching.
Statistics as published in The Independent.