I love it.
I'm good friends with some o.r. nurses, as well as women who are married to plastic surgeons, and the stories I've heard? Unbelievable. Obviously, most people who go under the knife turn out just fine. But it's those one in a million stories that people share, and let me tell you, they're terrifying.
Like the woman who simply died on the table during a lunchtime liposuction. Or the plastic surgeon who sees each patient as a slab of meat with dollar signs on her boobs, to the other doc who is so set on conforming women to his set ideal of Hooker Barbie that he routinely pushes huge implant sizes for women, regardless of their frame size. And this is just in my small town.
That said, I'm still a vain girl. I even went through a phase my best friend calls my "wrinkle-rexic" days. I had just turned thirty, and that's when the crow's feet start to make their entrance, and frankly, I was alarmed. I really didn't want those lines on my face that had taken residence seemingly overnight. Thankfully, I've been a product
I have the distinct memory of my friend's mom telling us (back when we were no more than twelve) that we should start using moisturizer every day and night as soon as we hit nineteen. And to never, ever rub our eyes. My friend was dismissive, "uh, huh mom. Now would you please leave us alone?" Whereas I was strangely, intently enraptured and let those pearls of wisdom burn themselves on my little growing mind.
Fast forward to my sophomore year in college, and while I barely had enough to eat (I literally went hungry sometimes) I almost always had a bottle of Estee Lauder's Fruition or night serum in my cosmetic bag. I had an excellent barometer for priorities back then.
And while I get chills from the vision of a scalpel searing through my skin, or parts of my body being peeled like an orange, I am not afraid of needles. Needles that can freeze the errant crow's foot from becoming an eagle claw? Sign me up. Injectables that promise to subtly plump the contours of my face that perchance have hollowed over the years? Let me have a glass of wine first and someday I just may. I already color my hair and wear a little makeup. I exercise every day, and try to keep a holistic approach to the health of my body, my mind, and my soul. How is this so different? Is it a slippery slope or a distinct line in the sand that delineates self care from shallow, high maintenance?
I watched a fascinating show about a month ago on the History channel on the history of beauty products. Did you know that the first documented case of plastic surgery was Queen Nefertititi? What about the waxing/sugaring/kohl-loving Egyptians? Vanity, it seems, its timeless.
So how much is too much? When do you cross the line between caring about your looks and becoming unhealthily obsessed? More interestingly, where do you draw the line? And did I ever say I was a deep thinker?
Personally, I like the occasional dip in the shallow end.