Lashes, tits, lip & hips!

Ok so I have this friend of mine called Kerri Sackville. She is an awesome author and columnist and is either hysterical or ridiculously sensible. She gives great advice.

She has also had plastic surgery. For Kerri had one ear that stuck out a bit like a koalas and it bothered her, so she fixed it by having it pinned back. Bravo.

This post could quite possibly end with me getting a virtual kick up the ass, but I think I am willing to risk it.

To start, can I just put it out there that your body is YOUR body and you can do with it what you wish. Don’t like your ears? Pin them back. Have your eyebrows? Get them tattooed on. Hate your boobs? Go under the knife.

All of these cosmetic procedures are there to “help you be the best version of yourself.” This I get. But I can remember back to a time where the full cosmetically enhanced woman was something of a rarity and caused people to do a double take. Now, it appears to be the rule, rather than the exception.

I suppose I just worry about my young female friends and if they aspire to this new frontier of feminism.

I was at the pub the other day, having a chat to the barmaid as she made me a gin and tonic. She was a gorgeous young thing, studying at uni and saving up to get her lips done. Dropped into a conversation, as one might remark on the weather, or the current state of world affairs. Now to me, her lips looked perfect on her face, but it is her face to do with what she likes.

What I have a problem with all of this is the normalisation of cosmetic surgery. When did we all get so vain?

Australia has become obsessed. According to the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australia, we are spending one BILLION dollars of cosmetic procedures every year, making us the number one country in the word when it comes to plastic surgery, per capita.

No wonder you see more and more lashes, tits, lip & hips! Because it is the new normal.

Again, your face and body, do with it what you want but there is still something bothering me apart from the normalisation. And that is the easy access that these young women have when it comes to financing their surgeries.

Allow me to explain.

It took me less that ten minutes to get approved to get breast implants by a company called Medipay. They wanted to know if I earn over 25K a year or was dependant at all on Centrelink. After three clicks I got an email from John from Medipay congratulating me on receiving eligibility! So some numbers were crunched and my eyes watered…

Taken from Medipay

EXAMPLE: An unsecured personal loan of $30,000 borrowed for 5 years with the minimum interest rate of 11.99% p.a (13.51% p.a. comparison rate), would estimate to a minimum total amount payable of $41,425 via the monthly payment option (including a $595 loan approval fee and $10 monthly administration fee). Rates are subject to change.

If you Google Plastic Surgery Loans Australia, there are two and a half million sites that come up, including one called Pretty Penny Finance.

Getting a cosmetic procedures row rates about the same as buying a new pair of shoes. Brazilian waxing became the normal, only to see an increase in the amount of Labiaplasty being done in Australia. Without all that hair, some gals didn’t like what they saw.

When will this madness end? I am always banging on to the kids about it, and they roll their eyes at me….

And now I am off to have some Evening Primrose Oil knocked back with a scotch and cancel my deal with John.  Mustn’t grumble…..

Am I being a bit judgemental, or is this our new normal?