Is Cosmetic Surgery Such A Bad Thing?

Beauty & Style | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 12/10/2014 | 11:00 AM EST

Centric explores the popularity of cosmetic surgery and the ridicule some women face when they go under the knife


During a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, singer K. Michelle made it no secret that she’s undergone cosmetic surgery to upkeep her desired body. Expressing a desire to go back on the table for liposuction, the “Anyone Wanna Buy A Heart?” songstress blasted the haters who criticized her choice to do so in the past.

“I’m so sick of people talking about my body. It’s my body. If I want to blow my ass up as huge as possible I can do that,” K. Michele said on the radio show. “If I want to suck the fat out and put it in my chin I can if I want to,” she joked. “It’s my body, my money, it’s what I want to do.”

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Michelle, who admittedly got a butt lift to achieve her now famous backside, said that rather than working out for a flat tummy, she would rather do lipo because she wants “instant results.”

She maintained, however, that she’s not addicted to plastic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery has been both a trend and a point of contention among women around the world, particularly in the United States. Most cosmetic procedures, including breast and chin augmentations, are skyrocketing the states, according to PlasticSurgery.org.

Over 14 million procedures occurred in 2012 alone.

For Black women, cosmetic surgery is increasingly popular with over 1.1 million choosing to alter their bodies for beauty.

But despite its popularity, non-supporters of plastic surgery often scoff at women who choose to get a little nip and tuck. Whether out of morality, one’s faith or simply the idea that natural beauty is best choice, an anti-community of women (and men) tend to come down hard on women who turn to cosmetic surgery.

But is it such a bad thing?

No matter where you stand on the matter, what we all should agree on is that a woman’s choice to go under the knife and or even get botox is hers and hers alone. No matter how beautiful a woman is told she is, it will always fall on deaf ears if she does not believe that internally. As K. Michelle points out, a woman’s body is hers and she should be allowed to do whatever she to do with it.

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What we should be focusing on is society’s unfair standards placed on women, both domestically and internationally. Magazine spreads, billboards and the world’s obsession with unrealistic beauty is without a doubt driving millions of women to think that their bodies are not good enough. While their choice to modify their looks isn’t inherently wrong, making them believe that if they do not look a certain way they’re not beautiful certainly is.

But there are many factors that cause some women to go under the knife, and it’s not always about what others think about them--it’s about what they think of themselves. Shaming women for turning to cosmetic surgery is wrong and only perpetuates the issue at hand. Let’s do less guilt tripping and more empowering. Let’s support one another, whether we agree with their decisions or not.

Finding your place of contentment with beauty is a personal journey, and anyone who feels they have to turn to a surgeon to achieve that happiness should be able to do so freely. The surgery room isn’t the enemy, society’s benchmark on beauty is.

(Photo: AfricaImages/Getty Images)

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