Vanity or Beauty
The dictionary defines vain as not yielding the desired outcome, fruitless and lacking substance or worth. It also defines beauty as the quality that gives pleasure to the mind or senses and is associated with such properties as harmony of form or color, an excellence of artistry, truthfulness, and originality.
So many times I hear from my patients that they do not want to be “vain”. With all that is around us from global conflicts, to a dwindling economy, to hunger, and to poverty doing a procedure to enhance appearance seems unnecessary. But the reality is that the quest for beauty is a human condition. It is ingrained in us even if we gauge it against the philosophic “necessity” that it carries.
From the very beginning of time, the human animal has sought beauty and youthfulness. The Egyptian Pharaohs and Queens embellished themselves with adornments of beauty and youthfulness. They tried to take it with them. It did not work. Ponce de Leon, the Spanish conquistador and the first Governor of Puerto Rico, tantalized his followers with the fountain of youth. The African tribesmen and their beautiful and colorful accessories are vividly depictive of their caring for beauty and youth.
So we need beauty. We need to feel good. Plastic surgery is not vain but a necessity for us to achieve our fountain of youth.