Topic: cosmetic surgery

Portraits Of Extreme Plastic Surgery Ask: “Can Humans Create A New Kind Of Beauty?”

Portraits Of Extreme Plastic Surgery Ask: "Can Humans Create A New Kind Of Beauty?"

Photographer Philip Toledano‘s series “A New Kind of Beauty” raises some interesting questions about the relationship between plastic surgery and beauty–questions we’ve wrestled with on this very blog. Can altering oneself cosmetically be a form of self-expression? Or is it always, at least in part, determined by prevailing opinions about beauty? Opinions, of course, that are often sexist, racist, classist and all kinds of barbaric. Toledano’s strange, unsettling images concern those who have taken plastic surgery to extremes, but depicts them in classical portraiture. More »

Introducing ‘Brotox:’ Because We Need An Obnoxious Name For Men Getting Botox

Introducing 'Brotox:' Because We Need An Obnoxious Name For Men Getting Botox

More than 300,000 men got Botox last year, an apparent 10 percent increase from the previous one. Which sounds like a terrific excuse for a pointless trend piece, namely: women are offering to foot the bill for cosmetic procedures for their husbands and boyfriends! The most popular of these procedures is, unsurprisingly, Botox, and ABC is on the case of its increasing popularity with men–”what some are calling Brotox.” Silly, ABC. No one is calling it that. More »

‘Fallen Princesses’ Series Reveals The Dangers Of Princess Culture

âFallen Princessesâ Series Reveals The Dangers Of Princess Culture

Princess culture is everywhere nowadays. For every heroine aimed squarely at girls like Katniss Everdeen, there are at least 20 who don’t have any interests outside of snagging a boyfriend and living happily ever after. But given that the majority of Disney princesses don’t aspire to function as anything other than romantic interests, one often wonders what that happily ever after would actually look like for figures like Belle, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty who don’t really do anything besides fall in love and be pretty.

Such was the quandary for artist Dina Goldstein who decided to interpret just what happened at the end of those storybooks — and in modern times. More »

Jennifer Aniston Admits To Fillers and Botox; Has Surprisingly Healthy Attitude Towards Beauty

Jennifer Aniston Admits To Fillers and Botox; Has Surprisingly Healthy Attitude Towards Beauty

Botox scares the crap out of me, but I always feel somewhat refreshed when a celebrity who looks supernaturally good for her age admits that she’s gone there. Which is why I think it’s pretty great that Jennifer Aniston admitted to having had injectable fillers, botox and spray tan, as well as getting her sunspots “zapped” off in her recent interview with InStyle. Because if she can admit that she doesn’t do it without the help of a good dermatologist (at the very least), then at least we’re all getting a little more honest about what it really takes to look like the “sexiest woman in the world.” More »

CEO Nip/Tuck: Plastic Surgery Helps Me Keep My Executive Suite

CEO Nip/Tuck: Plastic Surgery Helps Me Keep My Executive Suite

“I wish I had a twin, so I could know what I’d look like without plastic surgery.” Joan Rivers

Recently a story was featured on Oprah.com about a female CEO who confessed she had had 10 plastic surgery procedures. The woman, who works in the investment banking industry, told the interviewer plastic surgery directly related to her career success:

“My career instantly shifted into a higher gear. I was suddenly being courted by senior partners, included in meetings with the CEOs and CFOs of current and prospective clients. I thought, “Wait a minute—I’m the same person I was before the surgeries.” But now I looked like a bombshell in addition to being really good at my work, and it definitely opened up more opportunities. That’s when I began to think of the surgeries as an asset and an investment.” More »

Fix-A-Flat Booty: Woman Has Cement, Tire Sealant Injected Into Buttocks

Fix-A-Flat Booty: Woman Has Cement, Tire Sealant Injected Into Buttocks

This morning, another example of the insane lengths some women will go to in the quest for a better body: A woman in Florida had “Fix-a-Flat” tire sealant, cement and mineral oil injected into her buttocks, in an attempt to get that coveted Kim Kardashian booty on the cheap.

The 30-year-old Florida woman, whose name is being withheld, was severely injured, after fake plastic surgeon Oneal Ron Morris injected her with the fix-a-flat and cement concoction, then sealed things up with Super Glue, in May 2010. The toxic materials spread through her body and nearly killed her, the Miami Herald reports. The woman went to three different hospitals about her “pneumonia-like symptoms” and the “large, infected welts on her backside” before admitting to doctors what she’d had done.
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