Recently, actress Kaley Cuoco’s plastic surgery experience became a hot topic, partly due to her appearance on the cover of the December issue of Women’s Health magazine. This short article in SELF highlights excerpts from the interview Kaley gave during the cover shoot, in which she comments on her decision to have breast augmentation and rhinoplasty, as well as other cosmetic treatments over the years.
Talking about plastic surgery in the way that Kaley does—as something a person wants to do rather than something a person feels she needs to do to please society—empowers others who want to take ownership of their appearance.
Talk of the Big Bang Theory star’s cosmetic enhancements may be the latest in a stack of celebrity plastic surgery stories to hit headlines this year, but hers stood out to us for several reasons. First, she expresses her views about cosmetic surgery in a remarkably authentic way, noting that “as much as you want to love your inner self…you also want to look good.” Second, she has absolutely no qualms about having had plastic surgery, saying that her breast augmentation was “the best thing I ever did.” She also stresses that her choice to undergo surgery was entirely her own and that her procedures have had a positive impact on her life.
We commend Kaley for being candid about such a personal experience, but even moreso, we commend her for making the choice what was right for her, without letting others influence her decision.
Stories like Kaley’s are so important to hear, as they affirm that, when done for the right reasons, plastic surgery can be life-enhancing, helping an individual improve aspects of their appearance that they wish to change and feel more confident in their appearance. Talking about plastic surgery in the way that Kaley does—as something a person wants to do rather than something a person feels she needs to do to please society—helps strip away lingering taboos about patients’ motives for seeking cosmetic enhancements and empowers others to take ownership of their appearance.
The bottom line: if, when or how you want to enhance your appearance should be entirely up to you. If plastic surgery is a step you wish to take, and a board certified plastic surgeon agrees it will help you reach your aesthetic goals safely and effectively, then go for it!