In an informal survey, people were not as perfect as they are today.
People on the television show, MASH, were blessedly normal looking. I noticed guest stars with crooked, yellowish teeth. Alan Alda or other cast memebers with their shirts off reflected light due to their paleness. They were typified by unremarkable muscles and hairy chests. Loretta Swit (Hot Lips) was mercilessly sexually harrassed, deeply respected and practically flat-chested by today’s standards. Yet they're attractive people in a very normal way.
MASH would not look like that today. But, then again, the Santa Monica Mountains where it was filmed is also dotted with houses. The show would just not happen today.
The Miss America pageant of the 1920s was filled with ladies that would not make the cut by today’s standards.
Are surgical procedures really necessary or have the rules changed? I can guarantee that these ladies were not obsessed with the things that plague us today. These old bathing suits look about as skimpy as the dresses that many stars wear today. The more skin we bare, the more we seem to obsess over every miniscule spec, vein or cellulite. Not only were these ladies considered beautiful, the bathing suits they wore were considered immodest.
(Obviously, modesty has gone on a permanent holiday.)
Plastic surgeons want to show off the latest advancements to earn more money. It is, after all, a mainly commercial business which is not funded by insurance companies. It also fuels our innate desire to remain youthful, beautiful and be more perfect than we were born.
The real issue lies in asking, will we ever be satisfied with ourselves?