Writer Michele Willens wrote a piece in The Atlantic earlier this month suggesting, of all things, that former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have a facelift. She writes: "I overheard a woman utter: 'Every time I see Hillary Clinton, I think she should get some work done. Then I think what a great job she's done.' " Willens nods her ascent to this sentiment.
Despite being a plastic surgeon and a believer in the power of getting "some work done" to improve one's appearance and self-confidence, I find this type of criticism extremely distasteful. Plastic surgery is a personal decision, and it should not be pressured upon friends or family members-- let alone newsworthy strangers.
Willens makes reference to former First Lady Betty Ford's facelift and blepharoplasties-- which she proudly embraced, declaring "I wanted a fresh new face to go with my beautiful new life." She also discusses the increasing social acceptance of plastic surgery and the loss of stigma associated with caring about one's looks. These comments are certainly valid.
However, while I agree that plastic surgery is a powerful tool for rejuvenation, I would hate to be the subject of such an article, and I am disappointed that society puts accomplished, powerful women under this kind of spotlight.