If you're lucky enough to live long enough, here's what happens. You lose ten pounds. Nobody notices. You get a new outfit or a new hairstyle, you switch from caramel highlights to deep russet. Nobody says a word.
With a little practice, you'll start seeing photographs that you once might have ignored or passed by because of minor imperfections, which can now be convincingly removed in instants with the tap of your fingers.
We've all become amateur retouchers, at home laboring over personal photos to remove red eyes, delete blemishes and improve the overall appearance of our skin. So when did retouching become such an abominable practice?