Is Plastic Surgery Unnatural, Unfair, or just Part of the Game for Pageants?

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In the United States, we are all familiar with the scandal over Miss California in the Miss America Pageant. Some of it arose as a result of her stance against gay marriage, and then there was more controversy over the pageant paying for her breast augmentation. Some objected to the pageant paying for the breast implants, while others objected to her having them at all. Should beauty pageant contestants be allowed to have plastic surgery to help them improve their appearance?

Some may object that plastic surgery changes the competition beyond what it is meant to be, a recognition of natural feminine beauty. However, for this argument to hold up, the pageant would have to lose many of its common features, including high-fashion gowns, makeup, and extensive hair styling. Women would have to compete in a standard, plain outfit or nude and without makeup.  Part of the pageantry is the transformation of contestants from a normal woman into something almost divine. Plastic surgery can become simply another part of that.

Some may object that plastic surgery gives some contestants an unfair advantage, because not all contestants can afford to be artificially enhanced.  This is also not a strong argument because when you add up all the cost of gowns, stylists, and coaches, the cost of plastic surgery can become just another expense. Contestants spend several thousand dollars on a single gown (one source reports a cost of up to $12,000) comparable to the cost of plastic surgery.

And the argument that altered contestants will have an automatic advantage is also untrue.  Plastic surgery is science, not magic, and its results are limited by what attributes a person has before surgery. Plastic surgery can help some women with small faults remove those obstacles to beauty. Plastic surgery cannot completely transform contestants, merely refine them a little.

In other countries, it is assumed that beauty pageant contestants (and sometimes even women in general) will have had plastic surgery.  In Venezuela, home of the 2008 and 2009 Miss Universe Pageant winners, it is commonly believed that both winners had plastic surgery to help them claim their crowns.

Beauty is beauty, and any objections to plastic surgery should be put aside. If you would like to learn more about plastic surgery procedures, please call or email New York plastic surgeon Dr. George Lefkovits today.