Some rambling thoughts and mixed feelings...
Of course it's a matter of personal choice, but I think it would be better if people would just have it done for injuries, defects (defects as in deformities, not as in perceived defects like a large nose), and health reasons. I can understand people who've lost a lot of weight or who gave birth to multiples wanting to remove their excess skin. My dad had an eyelid lift when he was in his late fifties, because the drooping interfered with his vision. Things like that are necessary, and make sense to me.
I find it disturbing that so many of the features which make people look different from each other and uniquely beautiful are often the very features that people want to change.
And I just don't understand why women would want to risk their health to have bigger breasts. I know it's natural to want to look your best, but why has looking your best suddenly come to include having surgical procedures if you don't fit a certain mold? Does anyone else here find that disturbing? I'm seeing comments about proportion, but honestly so many women in the public eye have had breast implants (it's been going on for a long time now) that our idea of what's proportionate and natural looking has been distorted. If you don't believe me, go find some Playboy magazines from the 70's and you'll see what I mean.
Why would a woman want to be with a man who's interested in her with large breasts, but who wasn't interested in her before? You're a whole person - JMO, but a guy who's that shallow wouldn't interest me at all. And yes, I've been a member of the IBTC. Not now that I've gained weight, but when I lose it they're the first to go. Sure, big ones will catch DH's eye (just like a nice set of pecs will catch mine), but I'm the one he's with, because he loves me for me.
Wrinkles and facelifts...
Now that I'm in my thirties and starting to get wrinkles and bags, I wish I could keep the face I had as a twenty-something forever, but I'm not the woman I was in my twenties, so I guess that's how it should be. Now is the time to stop worrying so much about the outside, and work on (hopefully) improving my inner beauty. I can understand that many women don't want to show their age. But when I see a celebrity who's in her sixities, with a freakishly smooth face and not a gray hair in sight, it's kind of creepy. The face is smooth, but it's not the same face she had when she was young. I think women who mature naturally - personality, smile lines, frown lines, bags, and all, are really more beautiful.
Fashions in beauty and plastic surgery are kind of funny - it cracks me up that the same girls who made fun of my puffy lips in high school are out paying to get the look they used to revile. Poetic justice! But what if plastic surgery had been available to me and I'd changed the lips I was so self-conscious about, only to have the beauty fashion change?
Other thoughts...I can't help but see the plastic surgery craze as another way our society is deteriorating. We're obsessed with image and appearance, while important issues are ignored. I see it as a way for unscrupulous people to get rich by playing on people's insecurities. I also see it as the ultimate of commercialization - customized bodies. Ewwww. How long 'til plastic surgery becomes a requirement for a successful career, like lipstick and a power suit?
I heard an interview with an Iranian woman a while ago, who mentioned that both Western and Arab societies objectify women...the Arab societies veil their women, the Western ones overexpose them.
...end of ramble