Cosmetic Surgery

blissblogger

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One of the lesser things really - it's not surgical - but I do find what's going on with eyebrows to be quite unsettling.
 

blissblogger

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Re. teeth, it's weird looking at films or TV from the 70s or earlier - especially British stuff - just how bad people's teeth were. Famous people, people in movies, some who were meant to be handsome and dashing leading men, even. They'd have little stubby eroded-away ones, or a lot of visible staining or decay. Things that just you would rarely see on TV or in a movie now, because of better dentistry, more cosmetic dentistry, and then probably postproduction clean-ups on images.

I can remember seeing D.M. Thomas the author of the White Hotel being interviewed on TV back whenever that was - he had teeth so rotten that his lips were marked with black stains.
 

version

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you should have put put a warning before that link
Sorry, I didn't actually scroll all the way through the article and didn't realise there was anything more than the first couple of pics. The ones at the bottom are pretty gnarly.
 

version

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I sometimes wonder whether cosmetic surgery counts as some sort of deception. You look at Putin now and that's not his 'real' face, but it is his face.

It hinges on whether you view this stuff as a mask or self-realisation, I suppose. Are you disguising your "true" face or bringing it out? That or is it just a case of changing things you don't like and neither position really entering into it? I had braces as a kid and I don't feel I'm being dishonest by having straighter teeth.
 

version

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There's a woman called Lorry Hill who runs a YouTube channel explaining the surgeries she thinks various celebrities have had done. It's pretty interesting. I think it's much more common in Hollywood and the music industry than people think.

 

boxedjoy

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it's an extension of our emotional/mental selves, I reckon. Your identity as a person is never fixed - I'm not the same person at work as I am with my friends nor my family, so why shouldn't I change my physical appearance if I'm already constantly editing and presenting versions of myself as a personality?
 

mixed_biscuits

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I sometimes wonder whether cosmetic surgery counts as some sort of deception. You look at Putin now and that's not his 'real' face, but it is his face.

It hinges on whether you view this stuff as a mask or self-realisation, I suppose. Are you disguising your "true" face or bringing it out? That or is it just a case of changing things you don't like and neither position really entering into it? I had braces as a kid and I don't feel I'm being dishonest by having straighter teeth.
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boxedjoy

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even when I dress myself, generally I have a "style" but some days it's a blazer and trousers and some days its a jumper and jeans, depending how I feel and want to present. It's all malleable so why shouldn't our faces and bodies match our identities now?
 

version

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There was some bloke who tried to sue his wife for false advertising once he saw her without make up. You also get women warning each other about guys with big beards because some men use them to disguise a weak chin.
 

WashYourHands

Cat Malogen
I don't have a specific point to make about it at present, but it's becoming increasingly common and exerts huge influence due to its prevalence among celebrities and the allure of being able to alter things you don't like about yourself.

The other day I read an article about a bloke who paid 75k to have someone break his legs, insert expanding titanium rods into the bone and add a couple of inches to his height...


there are a few girls at work who, because one of them is a consultant, share these insane Botox parties pissed right up

i’m waiting for the night when they smash an extra bottle of wine and then all come round to disasters, not out of warped glee (as if) more they’re all reasonably grounded, smart, attractive girls so why risk disfigurement?

costs lowering is one thing but there was a case a while back of a couple of girls having minor ops done in US hotels and shit being handled terribly (possible mortality pls don’t make me google this)
 

catalog

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i was having a chat with a guy a few weeks ago who recently had a hair transplant, in turkey. he was explaining the procedure, its very detailed and methodical. they take hair from the chest and then manually reinsert it into the scalp. like 3 or 4 people, for a few hours a day. sounds kinda intense. sadly i could not tell at all, but maybe in 6 months or so if i see him again, i'll notice.
 

Leo

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the shaved/buzzed head thing for guys seemed to negate the hair loss issue for a long time, is that no longer an acceptable option?
 
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shakahislop

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every time i'm at istanbul airport i always see a few people who have just got the hair transplant thing done. it does look a bit painful. but, well, ok. i mean it's a pretty rational reaction to the world of images and screens.

one tangential thing to this: at some point there was definitely a subcultural strand of not being at all worried about what you looked like, beyond brushing your teeth or whatever. i see that nowhere now. ok so i live in manhattan and on the internet, these are the worst places to try to find all of that, but it does to me seem to have vanished. more or less everyone seems to be considering their appearance, and doing a lot to modify it, its a whole hobby in a way.
 
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