A Stitch in Time

A close friend confided in me that he had “done his eyes” last month. He was having a hernia operation and since he was going under anesthesia,he thought he may as well throw in a little bit of cosmetic surgery.

Written by Namrata Zakaria | Published:August 20, 2010 3:47 am

A close friend confided in me that he had “done his eyes” last month. He was having a hernia operation and since he was going under anesthesia,he thought he may as well throw in a little bit of cosmetic surgery.

This friend is a man,he’s almost 50 years old and isn’t in the fashion business. So why an entrepreneur—an ordinary businessman not related to the glamour world—be concerned about drooping eyelids is something I had to ask myself under my breath. But almost as quickly I said to him loudly,“ why not?”.

Eight years ago,I did a story on plenty of people,not just models and actresses,going out and getting themselves cosmetic surgeries as if it were the new takeout. Plastic surgeons I spoke to were unabashed in letting out details of women celebrities one would never imagine who had gone under the knife. I spoke with several of them; each one admitted to the surgery on the phone but requested me not to mention their names. I didn’t. (One ageing but celebrated beauty denied it; she said she had never even had a facial!)

But a brave new list of names cropped up. One of them was a former colleague at this newspaper. For her 18 th birthday,she asked her father for a rhinoplasty and got her present. Now this colleague was a young girl,well educated,had the same boyfriend for five years and has no interest in designer clothes or what is purported to be a glamorous life. She wrote about her surgery.

This was eight years ago,but India has super-sped its way to become the fourth largest country for plastic surgeries in the world this year. Often,it’s just about looking better and feeling better. But we cannot ignore the roles played by a greater spending capacity amongst Indians as well as far better medical facilities that are available now.

There are enough people who surgically change themselves not because they have a need or an urge to,but just because the choice is available to them,and at a relatively inexpensive price. There are fewer people these days who argue we mustn’t meddle with nature and that it’s unethical,and there are fewer people listening. I honestly wish more people took the effort to make themselves a bit easier on our eyes. I didn’t think twice before undergoing Lasik to treat my eyes; my only question was why I didn’t do it earlier. One may argue that it was a corrective but I could have chosen to wear contact lenses for the rest of my life and no one would have been wiser. And I don’t know any woman my age who isn’t permanently zapping out unwanted hair with the easy-on-the-wallet epilation treatments available.

The lines between vanity and traditional mores are blurring every day. I find I’m not mocking the celebrity grooming instructor who disappeared from our society pages for six months only to reappear with a face so rearranged she doesn’t even resemble a cousin of her old self-any more.

I also find I’m seriously thinking of taking care of my post-partum jiggle-wiggles. Judge me if you will,but you will join me sooner than you know it.

namratanow@gmail.com

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