By Yetunde Adeyeri
The insurgence of plastic surgery in the Nollywood industry started a long time ago but has just recently become a trend particularly for the women in the industry.
Actresses are now going under the knife to get some work done on their bodies. The most popular procedures are;
• Liposuction, a surgical procedure that suctions fat from specific areas of the body to provide a slimmer and shapelier silhouette
• Breast Augmentation, to reduce or enlarge the breasts.
• Abdominoplasty (commonly known as a tummy tuck or a lower body lift, abdominoplasty removes excess skin from the abdominal area and tightens the skin that remains.
• Rhytidectomy or facelift is a surgical solution to the wrinkles and sagging that accompany aging. A facelift tightens the skin of the face to give a more youthful appearance by gently pulling the skin tighter, smoothing deep lines and minimizing sagging.
And recently, the most popular of them all is the Butt Lift or gluteal augmentation, this procedure has grown increasingly popular in recent years. Butt implants are artificial devices surgically placed in the buttocks to create volume in the area. The common types of buttock-related surgeries include butt lifts, implants, and augmentation with fat grafting.
Nollywood actresses such as Tonto Dikeh, Dabota, Caroline Ekanem, Chika Ike, Princess, Onyi Alex, Toke Makinwa, Ini Edo, Ms dsf, and Annie Idibia have all had surgeries done on their bodies.
These actresses have all had surgeries done on their bodies and although there are rumors that these surgeries weren’t properly done, Nigerians have been clamoring over the trend.
Presently, In Nigeria, there are plastic surgery specialist hospitals where these cosmetic surgeries can be carried out for millions of dollars.
Beverly Osu posted a video yesterday on IG where she spoke of this trend particularly among female celebrities and the upper class. The model and actress wrote “To the young ladies thinking about doing this, think very well if the short term gains are worth the long term risk. What is your body going to look like in 5/10years? If you don’t know you are still going to end up having to work out regularly and eating right. If you are not already fit fam then good luck to you. Don’t feed the monster called vanity.”
This trend is becoming common and even those who were against are now jumping ship. Will this affect the way women see themselves? Won’t it feed insecurity and self-esteem issues most women have concerning their bodies? Will these surgeries promote vanity and segregation among women in the industry such that some other actresses or upcoming actors will think they have to go under the knife to get validation? What does this mean for the industry itself when the A-list actors in their thirties and forties are constantly having surgeries because they can afford it?
Times are changing and people are changing with it. It was easier to sit back and condemn plastic surgeries on westerners from afar. But now, we see them right here. We have seen the procedures that went well and those that didn’t. We have plastic surgeons with skilled hands and expensive fees.
So I ask again. What does this trend mean for the Nollywood Industry?
Let us know what you think in the comment section.