The word beauty carries a broad meaning that transcends the human physical attributes. This concept seems to evolve all the time and hence women are doing everything they can to fit into society’s ever changing expectations to look beautiful.
Bleaching of the skin
A lady with glowing skin without blemishes and lighter complexion is admired by many. This is because society has coined the beautiful as ‘rangi ya thao,’ a phrase that associates beauty more with the lighter-skin. With this, most ladies with a darker skin shade are bleaching to fit in.
Some famous women who have embraced bleaching include include singer Mshoza and Khanyi Mbau of South Africa. Khanyi proudly admits that her complexion is 90% cosmetic .
“The entertainment is about looks. Unfortunately, if you are darker-skinned, you have to work harder. I’ve been dark-skinned for years, and I wanted to experience the other side. I wanted to see what it’d be like to be white, and I’m happy,” she said
Bleaching offers a variety of options to choose from. You can use bleach products like creams, soaps, pills, or even go the professional way, laser therapy, or chemical peels treatment. It reduces the production or concentration of melanin on your skin resulting in lighter skin.
What are the side effects of bleaching?
- Hydroquinone that is found in most bleaching products has adverse health effects. It is associated with signs like kidney failure, numbness, and high blood pressure, among others.
- Steroid acne
This is a surgical procedure that requires an extensive incision to remove excess fat deposits, repair sagging and wrinkled skin and lift the skin to improve its appearance. Depending on where the surplus skin is located, you can choose upper, mid, lower, or full-body lift.
Women who undergo this body lift procedures have different reasons. Some don’t like how their nose, breasts, neck, or butt are positioned or appear, so they opt for a body lift. A famous actress, Jane Fonda, wrote on her blog that she had ‘work done.’
“I just had some ‘work’ done on my chin and neck and had the bags taken away from under my eyes, so I decided it would be good to get a new hair cut, so people will think it’s my new hair.”
The potential risks
- Anesthesia risks
- Fluid accumulation
How about breasts and hips augmentation?
Breasts are top beauty assets in women. Most ladies fancy their breast over any other part of their body, and they take pride in how they style themselves in the clothes they wear. Other women love their clothes, hugging every ounce of their hips in a certain way.
That is what they imagine as ‘sexy.’ So if a lady is dissatisfied with their priority body feature, self-consciousness sets in, and they begin to feel less beautiful. Some women love their tits full, spongy, and bouncy.
Many celebrities find themselves on the edge of perfection to please their fans and attract more attention to advance their careers. Cardi, a hip-hop artist, drowning in fame, has been in and out of the surgery room to get her body into shape. Just recently she went to have her breasts re-done after the pregnancy of her daughter Kulture.
“I just got my boobs redone. I feel good, but sometimes I feel like not, you know? When your skin is stretched out,” Cardi admits in a publication
This procedure involves the fat transfer to improve the appearance of a body section or the use of implants, devices, or tissues placed on the inside of the body. There are two types of breast implants, silicone-filled and saline-filled gel, both varying in size, shape, shell-thickness and shell-surface texture.
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Are there consequences of this augmentation?
In every action taken, there is always a consequence, and this one is no exception. The risks that come with augmentation include,
- Surgical risks
- Implant failure
The pursuit of ideal beauty has cost many ladies a lot. Some are happy with the results and are excited to share their experiences while others are nursing disappointment because things went wrong and they never got the desired results