Cosmetic consultant at Miss India Pageant 2008 says size zero is a hype

It is known that mental confidence and upbringing are far superior to outer beauty in terms of overall personality development. Then why did Kareena Kapoor’s look in “Tashan” ignite a debate over ‘size-zero’? Is it right for young girls to deprive themselves to attain a figure that is almost unrealistic and extremely harmful for the body?

According to Mohan Thomas, a cosmetic surgeon and the Medical Director of the Cosmetic Institute of India, there is nothing called size-zero. It is more a hype than a debate. “Beauty is an aura, an attitude, and cannot be defined by size. If you don’t have a size-zero shirt, or a size-zero shoe, you can definitely not have a size-zero body”, he says. Dr. Thomas is the cosmetic consultant at the Miss India Pageant 2008. The girls are all beautiful — so why do they need advice?

“Nobody is born perfect!” he says. “The bar is set much higher in such pageants, and the competition’s very stiff. We consult on face and body design. We advise them on building proportionate bodies with soft lines as disproportionate bodies draw more attention,” says Dr. Thomas, also a Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Mount Sinai / New York University School of Medicine.

He says: “The younger generation seeks procedures such as rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, male breast reduction and liposuction. Facial sculpting is another pioneering surgical option. Middle-aged people are more interested in age-defying treatments such as tummy tuck, facial rejuvenation surgery, arm tuck, breast lift, etc. Botox, fillers, and ultra-shape fat reduction are non-surgical options, but provide subtle and temporary improvement.”

Taruna Upadhyaya, 25, a working professional, is completely against the concept of size-zero. She feels it is ‘SOS — skin on skeleton’. “It is like having a glamorous mannequin, ” she says.

Dr. Thomas has a number of visitors waiting to attain the perfect figure. But he doesn’t treat all of them. Many of his patients are obsessed. And, obsession is dangerous. “I bear a professional, moral and legal responsibility towards all my patients, and need them to be mature. I don’t treat patients who are either obsessed or depressed”, he says.

“Cosmetic surgery alone cannot change one’s life. To look good, one must feel good. We can help you live life to the fullest,” opines Dr. Thomas.