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The Truth About Beauty Privilege and Cosmetic Surgery

The realities of pretty privilege and the role plastic surgery plays in it.

By Rylein Nika KameronPublished about a month ago 3 min read
The Truth About Beauty Privilege and Cosmetic Surgery
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The Reality of Pretty Privilege and Plastic Surgery

In today's society, where physical appearance often dictates social and professional opportunities, the concept of "pretty privilege" has become a prevalent topic of discussion. This phenomenon, which suggests that individuals deemed more attractive are afforded more advantages, intersects intriguingly with the rise of plastic surgery. Many seek cosmetic procedures not only to enhance their appearance but also to gain the societal benefits associated with being perceived as more attractive. This article delves into the intricate realities of pretty privilege and the role plastic surgery plays in navigating this contemporary landscape.

Pretty Privilege is Real

Pretty privilege is definitely a thing. People who have had a "glow up" often talk about how much nicer others are to them now. When you’re attractive, everything you do seems more acceptable and even endearing, whereas before, it might have been seen as annoying or off-putting. This isn't just anecdotal; studies confirm that attractive people are often perceived as more intelligent, competent, and trustworthy. This cognitive bias is known as the "halo effect."

Economic Impact of Looks

Looks can even affect your income. Studies show that more attractive people can earn significantly more over their lifetimes compared to those with average looks. Jobs that require client interaction often favor more attractive individuals, leading to better tips and more opportunities. The “halo effect” explains why attractive people are often hired more easily and are assumed to have better personal and professional lives.

Lucky Girl Syndrome and Social Media

There's a phenomenon called "lucky girl syndrome," where people believe they are lucky, and good things happen to them. However, many of these so-called "lucky" individuals also happen to be conventionally attractive. It’s often their looks, rather than just their positive mindset, that bring opportunities their way.

Plastic Surgery Trends

The rise of plastic surgery is undeniable. Cosmetic procedures increased significantly between 2019 and 2021. Common procedures include rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, facelifts, breast augmentation, and liposuction. Men are also increasingly undergoing procedures like hair transplants and ear surgery.

Impact of Social Media

Social media has played a huge role in the increase of plastic surgeries. People are constantly looking at themselves on platforms like Zoom and Instagram, leading them to notice and fixate on perceived imperfections. This constant self-scrutiny, combined with the exposure to other "perfect" images online, drives the desire for cosmetic enhancements.

Changing Beauty Standards

Beauty standards are also influenced by celebrities and influencers. For example, Kylie Jenner’s lip fillers sparked a widespread trend. However, filler migration is a real issue, where fillers move from their original placement, leading many to seek dissolving treatments.

Risks of Cosmetic Procedures

While cosmetic procedures can boost confidence, they carry risks. Surgeries like Brazilian butt lifts are particularly dangerous due to the risk of fat embolism. Breast implants also have their issues, with many people experiencing breast implant illness, which the medical industry still does not fully recognize.

The Cost of Beauty

Maintaining these beauty standards is expensive. Procedures like veneers, boob jobs, and regular fillers can cost thousands of dollars and often require maintenance. This financial burden is significant, especially as societal pressure to adhere to these standards grows.

Pharmaceutical Companies and Profit

Pharmaceutical companies, such as Allergan, which owns Botox and Juvederm, profit immensely from this industry. While they provide the products for these enhancements, their primary concern is often profit over patient well-being.


I believe that pretty privilege is undeniably real. I've noticed its effects for years. While improving one’s appearance can lead to more confidence and opportunities, it’s essential to weigh the risks and costs. As for plastic surgery, I have mixed feelings. On one hand, it can be great. I've seen people improve their confidence and lives with just one simple procedure, with no complications or addiction to further surgeries. In these cases, addressing an insecurity this way can be empowering. However, I dislike the trend of people ending up with overly altered faces and looking more alike. If you opt for plastic surgery, it should be limited to one or two enhancements. When you start changing more than five things, it stops enhancing your natural beauty and starts making you look completely different.

Remember, beauty standards are constantly changing, and true confidence comes from within, not just from how we look on the outside.

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