Plastic Surgery

Compelling Portraits of Young Adults Who Are Searching for Their Ideal Bodies

Photographer Michelle Sank’s series In My Skin looks at young adults and teens (under the age of 25) in the UK who are challenging their bodies with various surgeries and enhancements. Sank captures her sitters relaxing in their bedrooms, which lends further intimacy to the portraits — but the outside does not reflect the inside. They’re uncomfortable in their own skin and searching for the ideal. In some cases, the alterations are cosmetic and would be considered completely unnecessary by many. However, Sank also photographed people as young as 16 who have undergone gender reassignment surgery. … Read More

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Stark and Beatific Photos That Capture the Sterile Interiors of Plastic Surgery Clinics

Everyone has an opinion on the plastic surgery industry, from stars who unabashedly credit it for their eternal youthfulness to those who decry the unnatural beauty ideals it helps to uphold. But how many of us who haven’t gone under the knife in the name of physical perfection have actually observed the spaces where and the mechanisms by which it achieves that end? While we may have glimpsed these operations on some exploitative makeover reality show, we’ve never seen plastic surgery clinics as Brooklyn-based photographer Cara Phillips captures them. … Read More

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What’s On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds in Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we learned 50 pick up lines for Olympians. We discovered a charity group that provides bullied teens with free plastic surgery. We wondered if one-night stands were empowering or soul-crushing. We liked seeing the Louvre’s classical sculptures dressed in contemporary clothes. We finally found out… Read More

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What's On at Flavorpill: The Links That Made the Rounds In Our Office

Today at Flavorpill, we planned to color everything in the universe according to these literary paint chips. We didn’t envy Kyrgyzstan’s gas bill, which forced them to shut down a war memorial flame. We wished all Craigslist ads looked something like this. We lost ourselves in some Bon… Read More

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Beautiful Portraits of Extreme Plastic Surgery [NSFW]

“I’m interested in what we define as beauty, when we choose to create it ourselves,” says photographer Phillip Toledano. This striking series of portraits features partially robed models undergone significant plastic surgery. Facial modification, implants, lifts, collagen injections and their multiple combinations — these photos may seem extreme to many, but there’s something transcendent in their classical poses lit in gorgeous chiaroscuro, their determined faces. “When we re-make ourselves, are we revealing our true character, or are we stripping away our very identity? Perhaps we are creating a new kind of beauty. An amalgam of surgery, art, and popular culture? And if so, are the results the vanguard of human induced evolution?”

Despite our society’s taboos regarding extreme plastic surgery, it’s hard to deny the artistic element in the practice of absolute control over your body — not just in life/work of Genesis P-Orridge and Orlan. In his book Arboretum, David Byrne writes: “Although I don’t expect to see live Picasso faces walking around anytime soon, I do expect to see cubism’s fleshy mirror image: faces and bodies not found in nature that express an aesthetic and philosophy that is refined, elite and obscure.” Think on that while you look at these works from Phillip Toledano’s A New Kind of Beauty. … Read More

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