I was so pleased to see that famous R&B singer K. Michelle decided to speak out about the negative effects of plastic and cosmetic surgery. Frankly, she is the only celebrity who seems willing to open up about the horrors she and others have faced. I'm also glad that Lifetime picked up the idea as a series to help shed light and bring hope and healing to the many men and women who've experienced the drawbacks of undergoing plastic surgery. I actually wrote about this epidemic a few years ago, mentioning the increase in surgeries in young adults.
Previous Blog Stats (2018)
Plastic surgery is on the rise with an increase of 115% since the early 2000s. - ASPS
333,000 cosmetic procedures were done in patients 18 years old and younger. - Journal of Adolescent Health
Cosmetic Surgery is a $2.2 billion dollar business. - Cosmetic Surgery Trends
$16.4 billion was spent on procedures in 2016.
A lot of money is spent in this industry, similar to the makeup industry. I don't know any other industry that grows as fast as makeup, fashion, and surgery; I think this says a lot about us. We are obsessed with vanity! I know of 3 women close to my own circles who went to Miami to get butt surgeries. You may say, "Why do you care? It's none of your business." It's not. But I care because I don't like seeing so much poor self-image, competition, and conformity in women today. I'm willing to bet that there's a large percentage of women who seek out surgery because of culture and entertainment influence. The same reason a lot of women went bulimic or anorexic to become size 2 models. There's a standard out there that most of us wish we could meet.
Updated Plastic Surgery Stats (2020)
The 2020 total revenue of surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic surgery in the USA was $9.31 billion - Statista
The most common procedure worldwide is breast augmentation (breast increase) - Statista
The plastic surgery industry saw an increase of 7.1% since 2018 - Forbes
Why Is This A Problem?
Some studies show that mass media and advertising may have an effect on the decisions for cosmetic surgery. - I Want to Look Like That! It sounds like there are millions of people, mostly women, who are unhappy with their natural appearance. Celebrity culture glorifies getting work done on their bodies which in turn, influences society to do the same thing. Are we really living in a "monkey see monkey do" society? It's crazy to think that we let other people influence how we feel about ourselves and our lives. I was so happy to see all of the Body Image Movement advocates speaking up about the issues women face with appearance and acceptance. "It's about time," was all I could say once it started getting more attention. Even the Body Image Movement has its pros and cons, it appears that in our feat to be ourselves, we are missing the biggest part about ourselves...
How Might God Feel About the Body Image Epidemic?
God created humanity in His image. We bear the marks of our Great Creator who shaped us from the dust. You don't have to believe this truth, but think about how complex your body is...think about the many things that we still cannot explain. Think about how your body naturally repairs and recovers itself, yet, it still dies.
If God made us in His image, a body designed by a Grand Designer, with a Master Plan, the very words of God who spoke the Universe into existence, then why isn't this enough for us? Let me tell you a secret, which really isn't a secret at all, however, it is available to those who have the ears to hear it.
"God has planted eternity, a sense of divine purpose, in the human heart." - Ecclesiastes 3:11 AMP
This means that we all have a deep longing for living forever, we have a longing for a purpose bigger than ourselves. Could this longing that you have to stay young, stay beautiful, and stay relevant, be the very evidence that you desire something deeper than the surface? Maybe what you are doing on the outside, is a reflection of what you need inside of you.
Again, there is nothing wrong with wanting to stay vibrant and healthy, but our desires can turn into a disaster, an epidemic of self-hatred and insecurity. I am here to tell you that there is a fountain of youth.
We Found the Fountain of Youth
Sorry sis, there's no physical place for the Fountain of Youth...unless...you want to take a trip to the Dead Sea lol. I heard and read that Dead Sea minerals hold anti-aging beauty secrets 👀 of the which I've used before on my nails; might wanna add that to your list.
But here is the secret that transforms life as you know it, God holds the Fountain of Youth and wants nothing more than to give it to you. He went all the way to the point of death just so you could have it FOREVER! Here is what God says about obtaining the fountain of youth:
"And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever." 1 John 2:17 NLT
The truth is sis, you can get all of the botox and plastic surgery you want, but one thing is for sure, you will get old and die. However, the story doesn't end; if you do the will of God, you shall abide FOREVER.
"And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth." - John 17:3
You don't have to strive and work so hard at your appearance, spending thousands to stay on top of the game. One day you will leave here, and your beauty and possessions won't go with you. Your soul goes with you. Choose to grow your soul and give it what it really wants, eternity with God, FOREVER.