I do agree that there is a certain level of vanity for someone to have surgery especially if they are already good looking.
However our society places a huge deal on looks, men and women can earn good money and make careers out of showing of their body.
That being said some people do take it too far and the importance of looks is out of hand, in England I remember a few years ago that a recent study of high school girls said they would rather be a glamour model over any other career.
A greater percentage of girls would rather spend hours making sure their make up and nails are perfect then save a life as a nurse or educate children
To me, there is a difference between wanting to dress nice, comb your hair neatly, look presentable, and having a positive self image through enhancing what you already have, compared to literally going under a knife, to physically alter your face/body permantely though.
One is in the realm of positive self image, and the other creeps into the realm of severe insecurities.
How about those balding men who go through hair implants?
I think the problem here is you're generalizing. Do some woman who go through plastic surgery have serious issues? sure. But there's the other half who don't have serious issues at all. Since plastic surgery is somewhat accepted and normal in our society, there must be a lot of women who think, "Hey, rather than live with this flat chin, why don't I just change it to the way I like. I have extra money anyway." Does that sound like a serious issue?
issue is people don't identify certain bodyparts as "theirs", because they find it unattractive. now when they modify it with plastic surgery, they consider it more "theirs" than before. so that's your issue...
like anything, the line is where you choose to draw it. plastic surgery as a psychological solution to aesthetic insecurity certainly goes further along the scale than make-up or expensive accessories or flaunting money - mostly because of the inherent risk that's involved. and i think people should be dissuaded from surgery just as they should be dissuaded from altering their image in more minimal ways - its skirting around a psychological issue that will probably continue to recur no matter what you do, until its confronted directly.
but morally, i have no problem with it and would never openly criticize somebody for taking that road - in the end, it's their choice. living in a community with others is hard and the tendency to think you're being judged by everybody isn't easily escapable. we'd like the think that we can flick a switch and dismiss our insecurities as petty and insignificant, but the fact for the vast majority of us is that they play a very significant role in the choices we make. if a woman decides on plastic surgery, i won't necessarily agree with the decision, but i'll understand it as a coping mechanism for living in a psychologically stressful world of human interaction. it's their choice and if it works for them, so be it.
that said, while unadulterated criticism directed at individuals after the fact should definitely be avoided, important (and at times critical) information about major elective surgery needs to be more prominently advertised. mass marketing is entirely profit-based, and therefore designed to increase consumption of products, oftentimes to the detriment of the consumer who doesn't have all the appropriate information. if the risks of unnecessary plastic surgery aren't properly weighed, especially by the youth, poor choices are made and lives can be ruined. so again, fine lines need to be drawn between criticism on a moral basis and dissuasion on a risk/reward basis - the former is petty and frankly none of anybody else's business, the latter is important so that potential patients are properly informed of the physical and psychological details and factors before they go under the blade.
Umm... if you have a weird looking nose or some other unfortunate feature... why not fix it if you can afford it? Sure what people consider weird may be relative, but if it bothers you and you can fix it, then fix it. I find it more interesting that you're so keen on judging others so harshly based on something like plastic surgery. Most plastic surgery is extremely minor like removing moles or skin tags. Why do they have to have issues?