Renée had a bit of plastic surgery. So what?

2014-11-04 18:45

Renée Zellweger’s suddenly very different and younger look has sparked a conversation about how far some people go to get those perfect cheekbones, jawlines or noses.

Although the actress denies having gone under the knife or even injecting derma fillers to add a bit of volume around her cheeks, her face is now a far cry from the one we got used to watching on the big screen, specifically as Bridget Jones.

Truth be told, she is not the only celebrity who has had a sudden change of appearance. Some are fortunate to look better than before, while others – including rapper Lil Kim; Donatella Versace, the vice-president of the high-fashion brand; and La Toya Jackson – probably wish they had not started with plastic surgery, or had stopped before they became full-blown plastic surgery addicts.

Although it might seem like plastic surgery is the “in thing” among celebrities and wannabe-celebrities in Hollywood, the trend is growing fast in South Africa as well.

We have been reading stories about local celebrities who went under the knife in a bid to look more beautiful and younger.

In recent years, a number of high-profile black women have openly and proudly revealed their own surgical adventures – among them socialite and actress Khanyi Mbau, kwaito star Mshoza, TV personality Sandy Ngema, actress Keabetswe Motsilanyane and former Miss SA Teen Masechaba Dlengezele.

It’s not just celebrities who are forking out thousands to enhance their looks, but ordinary South Africans.

Plastic surgery used to be seen as a thing for the “white and rich” in South Africa, but things are changing. Ever more black South African women are flocking to plastic surgeons to nip, lift and tuck their bodies into what they believe is an ideal shape.

First Health Finance, a company that offers loans to people who want to have plastic surgery but can’t afford it, told City Press last year the number of black women seeking loans for cosmetic surgery had risen from 5% of their client base in 2008 to 15% in 2012.

This is not surprising considering the fact that I have a friend who had a tummy tuck, nose job and breast reduction in one go. Two more are planning to go under the knife very soon – one wants to have a blepharoplasty, which is eyelid surgery, and the other wants to have liposuction.

Apart from my anecdotal evidence on the growing trend of plastic surgery in South Africa, statistics show that between 400?000 and 500?000 derma fillers are performed by local dermatologists and medical doctors in South Africa each year.

While one may argue that derma fillers and botox are minimal invasive procedures, they do form part of cosmetic surgery because they are about enhancing one’s looks.

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