I have been thinking about this lately (the topic, not getting it myself). Part of me feels as though it's only for people who place their personal value on the way they look.
Recently my dad got plastic surgery, and he claimed that it was for himself...not for anyone else. Is that a valid claim? It is hard for me to believe that cultural pressure cannot be factored into a person's desire to alter their appearence.
In my dad's case, I eventually accepted his choice. After all, it's his money and his body, and he can do whatever he pleases with them. Nonetheless, I question his reasoning along with the reasoning of everyone else who decides to get plastic surgery. People should just come out and say, "I want people to like me more. I want to be accepted," because that appears to be the real reason people opt for cosmetic surgery, right?
Let's try not to turn this thread into a boob discussion, shall we?