Plastic On Plastic

Joan Rivers’ daughter has written a book where she claims that the deceased comedian went under the knife for 348 plastic surgeries.  It’s a truly staggering number — but there are probably people out there who have exceeded it.

What motivates a person to have 348 plastic surgeries?  In Rivers’ case, it was chronic dissatisfaction with her looks.  And after 348 surgeries, she had the familiar looks of the over-surgeried set — forever puffy face, immobile features, skin stretched too tight, and cat eyes.  In her search for an unwrinkled visage with perfect lines, she ended up looking as freakish as Michael Jackson.  Ultimately, the sad joke was on Joan.

Plastic surgeons can work miracles to help people overcome disfigurement or terrible facial trauma, and some of the work that has been done to assist burn victims and injured veterans has been astonishing and life-changing.  Elective surgeries, too, can help people who have always been self-conscious about the size of their nose or some other perceived facial flaw.  But when people routinely have multiple plastic surgeries to tweak this feature or that, self-loathing and self-destructive tendencies would seem to be at work.

Credit counselors say that plastic surgeries are a leading cause of debt problems.  People pay for their surgeries with credit cards, expecting that their scheduled procedures will turn their lives around — and then they find themselves paying for their facelift or liposuction for years to come.  And with recent studies showing that there is a statistically significant link between credit card debt and depression, that lingering, unpaid plastic surgery debt on their credit card bill may cause people who decided to have that procedure because they are unhappy with themselves to begin with to feel even worse about their lives.

It’s something to think about as you shake your head and ponder what would cause a normal-looking person to have 348 elective surgeries.

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