Sometimes when we're reading the NY Times "Thursday Styles" section we like to imagine the writers coming up with their ideas. In the movie in our mind, today's story by Natasha Singer about the democratization (read: "down-marketization") of plastic surgery began with an anecdote over lemon waters at Bergdorf's. "Natasha," says a woman who looks like Trey's mom on Sex in the City. "My maid had had collagen injections. Can you imagine?" [Sighs, shakes head] "They'll be buying Vuitton next!" [chortling, clinking of glasses] We know it doesn't really happen this way, that "Thursday Styles" reporters are cubicle drones just like us (albeit, cubicle drones who can go into special trances in which they are visited by the ghost of Diana Vreeland.) But back to plastic surgery: Turns out when it comes to face-lifts and breast implants, the poor are just like the wealthy!
Dr. Paul A. Blair, a facial surgeon in Hurricane, W.Va., said his patients have included high-school teachers, truck drivers and school-bus drivers. Dr. L. Mike Nayak, a facial surgeon in St. Louis, said that his patients include blue-collar or lower-salary professionals — "teachers, retirees, psychologists, regular middle-class working folks."
"I have a couple of jail wardens," Dr. Nayak said.
Scary! Ms. Singer decides she better check in with her people (upper-class, "educated") to see what they think: "The demographic is teachers, law enforcement officers and stay-at-home moms," says Laurie L. Essig, who teaches sociology at Middlebury College in Vermont, and is writing a book about the economics of plastic surgery. Singer deduces that the influence of reality TV and celebrity magazines (She omits books, but surely these people don't read!) is what's responsible. Quelle horreur! How will Ms. Singer feel, we wonder, when she finds out that the Poors' addiction to Poison is what's keeping Dior afloat?
Q: Who Is the Real Face of Plastic Surgery? [NY Times]