Beauty comes from within

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 25 November, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 25 November, 2010, 12:00am

Cosmetic surgery has become increasingly common among celebrities and teenagers. I think cosmetic surgery is harmful.

The risks of undergoing cosmetic surgery range from disfigurement to death.

Cosmetic surgery is also a heavy financial burden. Some procedures, such as Botox injections, have to be repeated every six months. That runs up a huge tab.

People who opt for cosmetic surgery ignore the value of inner beauty. Looking more appealing does not mean you are a nice person.

In ancient China, small feet were a symbol of beauty. But the standards of beauty are influenced by cultural preferences. Standards change as time passes. Why take the risks and waste money? We should accept ourselves as who we are.

Tang Hiu-chung, Holy Family Canossian College

From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Hiu-chung. You raise some interesting points. The popularity of cosmetic surgery among increasingly younger patients is a sad comment on what society views as important. It suggests that outer beauty is still highly prized, even if it means risking our health.

But as you said, 'beauty' is an ever-changing standard. What is 'beautiful' now may well be considered unattractive in 20 years' time. What will an 18-year-old who has surgery to look like their favourite actress do when that star's features are no longer popular?

Even the fashion industry is realising this fact, and praising the use of 'unusual-looking' models - those who aren't skinny, or who have a gap between their teeth, or a pointy chin.

Beauty cannot be quantified. There is no 'perfect' beauty. Everyone looks different for a reason, and if we embrace our natural looks, we will be happier. That happiness will then shine out of us, and we will be even more 'beautiful'.

Karly, Deputy Editor