Nobody's perfect, no matter how much we strive to be.
Society expects us to do whatever it takes to achieve this unrealistic perfection through the means of products. We buy the newest makeup to appear more beautiful, try the latest workout craze or juice cleanse to sculpt a thinner shape and even use filters on our cameras to get a seemingly flawless photo.
Well, I hate to break it to you, but the best way to feel "perfect" is by loving yourself. And this is coming from a girl who struggles with her body image every day.
Although there is nothing wrong with wearing makeup to enhance your features, or working out to feel healthier, there's a fine line between doing it and overdoing it to the point of insanity.
That's where plastic surgery rears its ugly head.
Plastic surgery dates back to the ancient Egyptians as early as 2500 B.C., and the first well-known plastic surgeon was Sir Harold Gillies, who developed modern facial reconstruction techniques on soldiers who were left disfigured after World War I.
Now in the 21st century, it has become a worldwide trend that doesn't seem to be fading away, thanks to the improper use of plastic surgery by many major Hollywood stars. From superstar athletes to musicians, just about everyone has had plastic surgery, and unfortunately not all of them have come out smoothly.
The media and people all over the world have scrutinized celebs like Michael Jackson and Bruce Jenner for years over their botched plastic surgeries. It's also been featured in shows such as the widely popular Nip/Tuck and Dr. 90210, which examined the dark side of plastic surgery. These two shows were greatly needed to shine light on just how dangerous these surgeries can be.
The dangers of plastic surgery have resurfaced on TV with E! network's latest reality hit, Botched. The show features Hollywood plastic surgeons Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif who come together to fix patients of botched plastic surgeries and stop those who have been under the knife too many times.
This is the kind of show we need on TV. It not only shows how plastic surgery can negatively impact your life, but it also shines light on those who had one too many surgeries and endanger themselves every day by trying to go under the knife one more time.
Botched is a perfect blend of heartwarming and straight-up crazy. You have stories of people like Margo, a dance teacher who had a terrible rhinoplasty that was completely out of her control and only wanted to fix what was meant to be done in the first place. Then you have someone like Rodrigo Alves, aka The Human Ken Doll, who spent more than $200,000 to have his body morphed into looking like a plastic doll.
Shows like Botched bring awareness to the dangers of these surgeries and how some of them are unfixable and can become dangerous. If anyone is thinking of getting plastic surgery, all I ask is: Do your research. Don't go with the first doctor you meet. Most importantly, never, ever get surgery out of the country. If you do, consider yourself botched.
Brittany White is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.