Louis Theroux: Under the Knife (Documentary) of Plastic Surgery
Please note that this video is definitely NOT safe for work (NSFW).
You will see exposed breasts and some other surgical things that might make you feel uncomfortable, including some pretty up close and personal surgery done on the breast with metal clamps, and fat sucking out of a tube.
I basically cringed at 14:40 and in some other parts onwards.
I felt extremely uncomfortable watching that and ended up fast forwarding a bit, but that’s probably why I am not a surgeon. 🙂
(That, and the whole steady hands, needing a brain and the patience to study for such an education)
Watch at your own risk.
Please don’t say I didn’t warn you!
SOME OF THESE “FLAWS” (ALL NATURAL!) CAN BE FIXED WITH PROPERLY FITTED CLOTHING
In the video, I cringed at seeing this “new” rebuilt belly and bellybutton on a surgeon’s secretary (frankly it freaked the #*@!$ daylights out of me), but it made me wonder if people know how to dress their bodies.
See, at 16:36, the same secretary talks about a bulge that she wants to smooth out on her sides (love handles, as one might call them), and I wish I could tell her to just wear mid-rise or high-rise pants.
Stop wearing low-rise, or super low-rise jeans. They don’t do anyone any favours, even the ones with sharp, skinny hipbones.
It would solve that “bulge” she’s so concerned about.
It’s completely normal to have “bulges” (we are human, not plastic models), and they exist, even on very slim bodies like mine. I just wear mid-rise pants or higher to hug everything in.
Better clothes can really make a difference.
A well-fitted bra with proper straps for larger-chested women, can make them look and feel so much better with proper support.
PLASTIC SURGERY IS YOUR OWN PREROGATIVE
My philosophy has always been “Do what you want, spend where you want.”
I understand after being slightly swayed by readers in the past, that plastic surgery does make people feel mentally better, the same way that when I wear nice clothes, it instantly picks up my mood.
I myself however, still can’t get behind it.
I don’t like saying “never”, but I’m fairly certain that this is one of these “never ever will I do this” things.
Even if I had breast cancer and had to have them lopped off for my health (I’d just pad my bra! 😉 ).
I have a fear of knives, surgery, and doing things to my body that aren’t very natural, so that has to be taken into account.
IT ALSO DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU CONSIDER “PLASTIC SURGERY”
Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge), has bee venom injected into her face, like a natural Botox and Kim Kardashian for instance, doesn’t count Botox as part of plastic surgery (it’s in this video that she says that).
Sure she looks “better” in the second photo, more smooth-skinned and less like an orange Oompa Loompa, but that could have been achieved with less tanning (which is what happened, 3 years later).
When you see her speak and move in a video, it gives me the shivers at how blank and emotionless her face looks. A bit like a robot.
I partly agree with her, but it’s still scary to not see someone’s face move naturally with wrinkles, although Kate’s visage isn’t quite so plasticky.
I feel like it still all falls under the realm of enhancement because there’s a needle involved for beauty, but who am I to judge?
SOME OF THESE PEOPLE SHOULD KNOW WHEN TO STOP, OR AT LEAST HAVE MORE HONEST DOCTORS
I think I’ve covered this in my post: The New Normal: Beauty & The Beast.
…but seeing these people move and talk on a video, makes me even more certain that they should stop when they’re ahead.
EVERYONE HAS FLAWS, BUT IT’S ADMITTING AND ACCEPTING THEM THAT IS THE KEY
I am really on the side of aging gracefully in this case. Perfection is not attainable, it’s a futile endeavour that will just cost a lot of heartache, time and money in my opinion.
I’m 100% happy to be me, and with everything that comes with being me.
I have a few things that is not considered an “ideal” body by society (smaller chest, a small belly bulge that isn’t perfectly flat but is natural), and I am 100% embracing these so-called “flaws”.
(I don’t see them as flaws, hence the quotation marks. I think my belly is rather cute, it even makes faces!)
I have more bonuses than flaws and that includes my brain and personality (a bonus for some, insufferable to others).
In all the years I have had a few boyfriends who told me (nicely, and as indirectly as possible) that I should do more crunches to get rid of my belly, ultimately, they were the ones who ended up getting ousted from my life, not my belly.
“She’s here to stay because she expands beautifully to let me eat like a pig at a buffet and then retracts a bit to tell me she’s hungry. If anything, you’ll be the one who’s going to disappear!“, I told them, and promptly kicked them to the curb.
As for my smaller chest, sure, I’ll bet there were guys who wished I had double D’s or something, but I’m thrilled to have gotten rid of them (the guys, not the breasts) instead of trying to go under the knife to get a bigger chest to look curvier.
I hear that there are problems with bigger chests — sagging gets worse as gravity takes over, back pain, off-the-shelf bras don’t fit well, tops get all weird in the front…..and I have 0 of those problems.
Grass is greener and all that. Plus, I am aware we will all get old and sag sooner or later.
I’ve long accepted since the age of 18 that I am simply not the girl for any guy who didn’t want the whole package as-is.
(..and thank goodness for that.)
WHAT DID YOU THINK ABOUT THE DOCUMENTARY? OR IF YOU COULDN’T WATCH IT, SURGERY IN GENERAL?
I’d like to hat tip Pat Louie for this link.