Summary: Sometimes, it doesn’t really matter how you gained your celebrity. The argument could be made that there are plenty of reality television stars who, really, have done very little of merit—certainly nothing to warrant all of the attention they get from the media. And yet, the simple fact is that celebrities do get attention—but they also feel a tremendous amount of pressure to look a certain way. Then again, they aren’t the only ones. Many men and women feel pressure to conform to certain standards—or styles—of beauty. But that doesn’t mean that all motivation is a bad thing when it comes to plastic surgery.

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Plastic Surgery Pressure

Celebrities have a reputation for glamour and beauty. This is especially true of female celebrities. We think of them as bold and beautiful, as the epitome of good looks. It’s difficult to imagine, then, these celebrities combating any kind of body image issues. But the fact of the matter is that there’s a significantly high amount of pressure on celebrities not only to look good, but to look better. It’s an interesting dynamic: many celebrities work diligently to maintain and even to market a certain look, but the thought of losing those looks can create a high degree of pressure and tension.

There are always examples of this. Perhaps the most recent example of this is that of Heather Dubrow, who gained fame (or notoriety) on The Real Housewives of Orange County. Having never watched the show, I can’t speculate as to whether Dubrow is a reality television hero or villain, but that’s okay. Either way, we have to remember that she’s also a person and that she’s married to a plastic surgeon. It’s quite likely that Dubrow doesn’t have anything against plastic surgery or other cosmetic procedures, but she still talks openly about the pressure to undergo such procedures. That pressure mounted last when Dubrow posted a picture of herself in a bathing suit on Instagram, and found that many followers commented on her small breast size.

The Cost of Children

Dubrow mentioned that that, after multiple children, she has no real interest in getting a breast procedure. And we commend that. Any type of plastic surgery procedure should not be forced on someone, and we’re not really keen on making people feel pressured to change his or her body. And yet, there’s no denying that such a pressure exists. And that applies not only to celebrities, but to men and women across the country. There’s a certain “ideal” body that, on some level, many of us feel compelled to reach for.

There are many reasons why people feel compelled to reach for this idea, and many of those reasons have to do with how we look on the outside and how we feel we should look based on what’s going on with the inside. In other words, there’s a separation between mind and body, and I think we tend to think of ourselves as looking a certain way even when we don’t. This creates a certain amount of pressure—pressure we apply to ourselves—to look a certain way. We want the inside to match the outside.

Feeling Good About Your Body

There are, of course many other reasons this pressure exists (and I’d even go so far as to say that “pressure” may be a more pejorative word than what I’m really looking for—there are some definite forms of pressure, such as internet comments, that are negative. But there are many more positive, or at least benign, forms of pressure as well). Which is a long way of saying that plastic surgeons generally like to see internal motivations when it comes to the drive to get plastic surgery. External motivation, whether coming from a well-meaning husband or a judgmental parent or a critical friend, tends to be less well-received.

Because, ultimately, your body is your own and no one else’s. According to the website of the Minneapolis breast augmentation experts at Minneapolis Plastic Surgery, breast augmentation procedures should only be undertaken for your own reasons—and for no one else’s. This seems obvious, but the intense pressure you can see placed on celebrities is certainly more visible, but not any more unique, than more banal forms of pressure. It’s certainly reasonable to want to look good for the sake of someone else occasionally, but plastic surgery is a major change, and it’s permanent—meaning you’ll have to live with it for the rest of your life.

Being Happy with Your Body—Or Getting There

That means that, at the end of the day, you’re the one that has to be happy with it. So, in this regard, Dubrow is certainly right to refuse any potential plastic surgery. She wouldn’t be happy with the results because she doesn’t really want the procedure. And, of course, the opposite is true. Women who want plastic surgery and who get it generally report and increase in the quality of life after such a procedure.

In other words, it means that you’re in charge of your body, and that’s not a power you should give up easily. Keep your agency and you’ll be sure you enjoy the results of your plastic surgery procedure—rather than being oppressed by them. So if you’re looking for plastic surgery, don’t let anything stop you from talking to your plastic surgeon today and get the show on the road.