When I was younger, I loved magic. I don’t know what it was exactly, maybe it was the look on people’s faces when I made the impossible, seem possible. 

I had suitcase full of cheap but impressive tricks: magic cotton balls that could pass through solid cups, a black and white magician’s wand that hovered above my hand, and my personal favorite, a trick that magically turned one nickel into five.

I got pretty good with my suitcase of tricks, and eventually I started performing for of friends and their families. For a nine-year-old boy, it was all great fun.

But don’t get me wrong, I was no protégé to Harry Houdini. Hidden cards would fall out of my pockets, levitating strings were exposed, and for some reason I liked performing shirtless (don’t ask me why, I was a kid). None of this added to my credibility.

Yea, I was pretty hardcore.

The magic was bad, and definitely not believable But my audience was forgiving, and they encouraged me to keep trying. Eventually I got pretty good, and the magic became believable. Not real, but believable.  

Everyone knows magic isn’t real. We don’t watch Shin Lim or David Copperfield because we believe they can defy the laws of physics. We watch magicians with the expectation of being tricked; to see a believable performance, of the unbelievable.   

Now let’s take that train of thought and apply it to cosmetic surgery. Good cosmetic surgery is like good magic. It’s not real, but its believable. When I see woman with a breast augmentation, lip fillers, or butt implants, I know they’re fake, but if it’s done well, itbelievableThe breasts match her body size. Her lips make her look youthful but not overbearing. Her buttocks say to me, “hey, these aren’t fake, I go to the gym and do 1000 squats a day. I don’t believe her butt, but its good enough to be tricked. 

Unfortunately, that’s not what I always see. In fact, it seems like the majority of cosmetic surgery I see now, is no longer believable. It’s not fooling me. I’m not tricked. Your surgery is like bad magic. 

I scoured the internet looking for studies that report augmentation sizes are on the risebut I couldn’t find anything to support my claims. Though one study, from the Journal of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, did find that the majority of women request larger implants after breast revision surgeries.  

I don’t know, maybe I’m just surrounded by women on their second round of implants 

Anyways, I don’t need studiesIt’s pretty evident to me there’s more silicone in the world then there used to be (especially at my gym).  

Which is totally fine. And I’m not making any judgements. People should be allowed to put whatever they want into their bodies. I’m only saying, if your intent is to look good, believably good, then maybe you should think twice about those 1200 CC implants. I mean come on; they look like bowling balls hanging from nylon panty hose.  

Like bad magic, you’re not fooling anyone. We know it’s not real, so could you at least make it believable? 

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