Plastic Surgery Documentary on HBO Explores Anti-Aging Obsession in America

youthknowsnopainThe battle against wrinkles and other signs of aging is fierce in the United States and Europe, and many people turn to plastic and cosmetic surgery in order to improve their appearance and achieve a more youthful look. A documentary called Youth Knows No Pain will air on August 31, 2009 on HBO to take a close look at how America often takes extreme measures to achieve the cultural ideal.

The documentary was produced and directed by Mitch McCabe, a daughter of a plastic surgeon. She spent nearly two years documenting the lives of people who have dedicated a good portion of their lives to looking beautiful, and the documentary puts the spotlight on these people’s lifestyles, what made them choose plastic surgery, and how they are benefitting (or not) from the results. The documentary also includes segments with plastic surgeons and anti-aging specialists around the country to discuss their point of view on the industry, and how American cultural ideals may play a pivotal role in the industry.

The plastic surgery documentary has already been unveiled at several film festivals around the country, and will be presented as a series on HBO. Richard Pena, Program Director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center has reviewed the film and describes it as follows: "Youth Knows No Pain" is an alternately wry and unsettling journey across that grey zone where physical appearance meets self-esteem. Mitch McCabe has assembled for the film a remarkable group of individuals who collectively reveal that there's a deep discomfort running through the heart (and body) of contemporary America."

Youth Knows No Pain is part of the Monday night HBO Documentary Film Series that started on July 13, 2009 and will run through the Fall season. More information about the documentary can be found at where there are links to a Facebook page and a Twitter account with updates about the show.

Further Reading

  • Motivated by his wife and kids, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who once called himself “the healthiest fat guy you’ve ever seen”, disclosed Tuesday he secretly underwent Gastric Banding (Lap Band Surgery) on February 16, 2013, performed by Dr. George Fielding, head of NYU Medical Center’s Weight Management Program.

  • Sound Surgical Technologies, the company behind Vaser Liposelection the Vaser ultrasound device, has developed the VaserShape system, a non-surgical device that helps reduce cellulite and inches in certain areas of the body. The VaserShape device is a non-invasive body contouring system powered by ultrasonic laser. The device is designed to disrupt fat cells beneath the skin by delivering ultrasound energy deep into the skin’s tissues.

  • Women who want to squeeze into their favorite pair of high heels but can’t find the perfect fit do have the option of undergoing cosmetic foot surgery. This procedure is designed to sculpt and shape the foot by lengthening or trimming the toes, and may also help to remove painful bunions and other growths that are causing pain around the feet and ankles.