Preying on the superficial …

We subscribe to Westchester Magazine, a monthly that comes out here in New York. The back page is always a Q&A with a local person. This month’s features David Palaia, the attending surgeon in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.

Here’s how the Q&A opens …

Q: Do you think our society places too much emphasis on appearance?

A: “I think there’s a process of natural selection that favors looking your best when it comes to finding a mate, a job or being succesful—it’s in our genes to be that way. I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Of course, there are people who take it too far, but most people use plastic surgery appropriately.”

To be blunt—are you fucking kidding me? Natural selection? It’s in our genes to be that way. I don’t think it’s a bad thing? Really? Really! Just so I understand, Doctor Palaia—looks matter more than anything, and that’s OK. And it’s OK if people are hired based on looks, because it’s natural. It’s in our genes, so if you were, unfortunately, born ugly, well, tough shit—get plastic surgery. Otherwise you probably won’t succeed, because good looks=winners.

I don’t know David Palaia, and I don’t care to. But I do know his profession, and I consider the business to be akin to Division I basketball coach. It’s gross and yucky and nasty, and leans heavily on the physical insecurities of people with money to burn.

Personally, I like wrinkles. I like scars. I like imperfections, and I don’t want people brainwashing folks into thinking that we all need to be improved. I’ve personally been to places in this country where everyone has work done—and it’s disgusting. Foreheads like sheets of plastic. Skin pulled back like a bow. Permanent grins.

Give me old and sagging any day of the week.

Any single day.

4 thoughts on “Preying on the superficial …”

  1. I get what you’re saying. And the man’s choice of words was terrible. At the same time, what he is saying is not incorrect.

    There is a lot of research that suggests more attractive people tend to get better mates and better job opportunities (generally speaking, of course).

    Plastic surgery isn’t for me either. But if someone else wants to piss away their money that way…well, hell, it’s a free country. The doctor isn’t holding anyone at gunpoint forcing them to get surgery.

  2. His specialty also has the potential to give a disfigured person a shot at a better life. I don’t know him, and since you “don’t care to”, I suppose it isn’t fair to assume he’s never participated in any such work.

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