I’ve been asked all day what I think about Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner’s plastic surgery. It’s an interesting question, but has a SIMPLE answer:
All plastic surgery is done for the same reason. Not to go from unattractive to pretty; not fat to thin; not old to young; not plain to sexy. Plastic surgery is a success if and only if it’s done to make the patient happy with how he or she looks. The formula is simple: if one is unhappy with how one looks, and there is a safe, reliable procedure that will change one’s appearance so that you would then be happy with your looks, then you should do it. It’s about unhappy to happy, nothing else. And it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks: not one’s spouse, his or her children, parents, friends, siblings. The only opinion that counts is the patient’s. If the patient is happy with his or her new look, the plastic surgery was a success.
By these criteria (and I live, breathe, and preach these every day), Bruce/Caitlyn’s surgery was a success. He was healthy; the surgery was reliable and safe; and he’s a happier person. That is a success. It doesn’t matter what I think, what you think, or what the readers of Vanity Fair think. I’m happy for Caitlyn’s newfound happiness. I wish this world allowed all of us to be who we are and who we want to be without having to wait as long as Caitlyn did.