Plastic surgery gets a pretty bad rap in Hollywood.

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Those who have it done are often not open to discussing it, and those who are willing to share their opinion often say pretty negative things, like “I am so saddened and grossed out by young women who look like creepy, old aliens because of their new Barbie noses and lips.” (We’re looking at you Olivia Wilde.)

In all honesty, I used to think similarly.

However, once I became the online editor for a magazine that is an informational resource for people exploring cosmetic enhancement options, I have one thing to say to these people:

Shut your mouth. You DON’T know what you’re talking about.

You cannot judge someone else for wanting or having plastic surgery if you haven’t walked a mile in their shoes first.

Let’s be real: movies stars aren’t chosen solely for their acting skills–they’re picked up by agents because they’re considered exceptionally beautiful. Think of the disproportionate number of actors who started out as models. If you’ve spent your life receiving praise and success for your looks, I find it pretty heartless to condemn others for wanting to feel a similar sense of confidence just because they weren’t born with it, like you were.

As to arguments that claim plastic surgery makes people look fake or results in an inability to move one’s face, that’s just not true. Surgeons take pride in creating tasteful, subtle, natural looking results, and technology has come leaps and bounds in the past decades. A few bad examples in the media have overshadowed the industry.

Many surgeons will also turn away patients with unrealistic expectations of what surgery will do for them, or if they feel a potential patient has body dysmorphic disorder. The best patients are those who already have a great life, and just want to kick it up a notch by fixing something that’s always bothered them. Patients who are hoping a breast enhancement or rhinoplasty will change their life should actually seek counseling before going under the knife.

Plastic surgery does wonderful things for people who want breast reconstruction after a mastectomy, or their nose repaired after an injury, or help fixing birth defects or a breast reduction so their back pain goes away. It’s not all as shallow as people think.

It’s pretty hypocritical that stars who endorse all kinds of consumer beauty products—in ads where they are flawlessly airbrushed, might I add—have the audacity to turn around and say plastic surgery is shallow. The fact that they are perpetuating an unreal beauty ideal, while simultaneously slamming the one thing that could actually help people attain it makes no sense. Sorry, but no lipstick or cream can do what plastic surgery does.

However, there is pressure in Hollywood to stay young forever, which has trickled down to the mainstream masses. No one should ever consider cosmetic enhancement for the sake of pleasing someone else. A person should only do it for him or herself after thinking about it for a long time and properly researching the procedures.

Let she who DOESN’T look perfect—and have a team of professionals making her look even better 24/7—cast the first stone.