How can we age gracefully in today’s world, particularly as females? I can really only talk about this from the female perspective for obvious reasons! It seems ever more commonplace for women to succumb to the surgeon’s knife, now as much in the UK as across the pond. It really depends on the reasoning behind why we do this as to whether it’s the best choice for us. There are countless TV programmes which feature cosmetic surgery and this can surely, only add to our paranoia.
Smaller, straighter noses, bigger/smaller breasts, tighter skin, fat sucked out from here and replaced elsewhere. There seems no end to the things a surgeon can accomplish, but at what cost? It is often apparent that there is not enough consideration given to having these procedures in terms of the dangers. Recently, in the UK, there has been a huge scandal over breast implants being carried out which contained non-surgical grade material. Frightening. Although it was originally stated that no one should panic and that it was unnecessary to have them removed, most of the women wanted them taken out and replaced with the implants they should have originally had and this was perfectly understandable. For me, it does beg the question, is it really worth it? I should point out that I am excluding anyone who has undergone any form of corrective or reconstructive surgery, deemed appropriate after, for example a mastectomy.
It seems as though we will simply never learn that it is OKAY to age, while all the images we see, whether through fashion, film or any other media, are of a ‘certain type’, and are feted almost entirely, for the way they look. I am not saying that we shouldn’t all strive to look and feel our best, but shouldn’t there be a limit on how far we can go? Or at least shouldn’t there be more publicity stressing the possible dangers and complications that sometimes go hand in hand with surgery? We should never forget that this is HUGE business. I’m sure most of us are familiar with those TV shows which start with someone who is in need of a makeover, but it always seems to me that they never actually look any good until hair and make up get to work, so why can’t they do that first and show us? What is also obvious to me, is that not enough emphasis is put upon preventative dentistry today. People, look after your teeth!!! Go to the dentist at least once a year and if you have to, forego something in order to pay for it. Teeth are important, and not just there to be admired. Our teeth weren’t designed to last as long as they have to today, (we’re all living longer), so they need to be taken care of.
By the way, I can think of two female examples of women who I think any of us would be very proud to model ourselves on. Neither are in the Barbie doll image, and both are extremely fabulous, older women who look great! As far as I’m aware, neither has had anything ‘done’. One is Judi Dench and the other is Helen Mirren. Interestingly, they are both British. I think in the UK we are able to laugh at ourselves and our wobbly bits to some degree, but it is getting to be less and less that way, particularly amongst the younger women here. It seems we generally, devote less and less time to thinking about the really important stuff in life, which to my mind, impacts on the way we look. I mean to say, I’m aware that if I’m stressed, I don’t look as good on the outside compared with when I’m relaxed and happy. It can’t be just me!!! As a result, because we are constantly holding ourselves up in comparison to unrealistic images, we are becoming more and more unhappy with the person looking back at us in the mirror, and so resort to anything we feel will help. It started with going to the gym and exercising, which is obviously a good thing and can also result in improvements socially. Now things seem to be getting out of hand. Perhaps we have become less patient and the idea of getting ourselves sorted out by surgery is the lazy option. After all, going to the gym takes a lot of time and effort in order to achieve our goal, but it is as good for the mind as it is the body. Is it going to take a number of accidents and possible deaths before we wise up? Sadly, it might.
Perhaps you disagree totally? I would love to hear all points of view and expand my own perspective, if possible. Thanks for reading my blog.