Plastic surgery is not empowering

Grace Moore, Opinions Editor

Girls should be able to do what they want with their money. If you work tirelessly to afford to get your bottom ribs removed, that’s your prerogative, but that is not empowering. It’s never empowering to hate yourself so much that you spend thousands of dollars to change your body. Many women lie to themselves that plastic surgery is a way of taking your life into your own hands. They feel so powerless in their role as women that they will create any excuse to feel empowered. They feel that changing their look will in some way finally fill a constant emptiness. The hard truth is that plastic surgery will only make that void grow. Once they have one surgery, there’s another one to get, then another, and another after that, until a person has given up their money to be someone completely different.  Deep down they’ll always be the same empty person; they’ll only dislike themselves more. Their natural beauty will be gone and they’ll become an empty billboard for expensive doctors and liposuction. To tell themselves that plastic surgery is empowering would be a disservice to themselves, and the generation of women that follow them.

Many people on social media spend lots of money on plastic surgery, and then go one of two routes. The first route is when they try to turn their actions into a body positivity facade with a message that this change they’ve made has fulfilled them. Their other option is to deny ever getting plastic surgery, leading their impressionable followers to believe they’re look and lifestyle is achievable. Either way, they’ve created a false image that leads their followers to believe in the lies of plastic surgery.  The problem with plastic surgery is that it’s not about beauty, it’s about greed. 

Plastic surgery is a multi-million dollar industry based on making women insecure. Everyday, women are exposed to the same beauty standards made up by numerous media companies and large businesses. The world is run by greed, and the greatest victim is women. They tell you all the ways you’re ugly and all the ways you can change that, until it becomes second nature to want plastic surgery.  Women need to be stronger than this. No one on Earth is ugly enough to spend hundreds of dollars changing their appearance. It’s unbelievably unfair that women’s labor gets exploited at work and when taking care of their family, but even more when these corporations make up reasons for you to feel bad about yourself. They sell a made-up image and explain how you’ll feel so much better if you fall into their beauty standards. But they really just want to profit off of you. The plastic surgery industry has done such a great job at this, that according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, around 4.4 million Botox procedures were performed in 2020, even though the chemical used in botox, Botulinum Toxin, is the most toxic substance known.

Nose jobs are the most heartbreaking plastic surgery of them all. You’d be a traitor to your ancestors to change your nose, as it is a homage to them you display on your face for the world to see. It shows the heartache and pain of those that came before you and put you on this Earth. It’s your responsibility to carry it with pride. It’s each person’s responsibility to carry their body with pride.