Are You Opposed To Plastic Surgery?
Inevitably, ladies of a certain age find themselves at happy hour, and during a lull in the conversation, the drunkest friend blurts out: "would you ever have plastic surgery?" The conversation then turns from friend to friend as each reveals the things they would and wouldn't do in the name of "refreshing" their look. "I would do a tummy tuck", "I would totally do my nose", "I hate my thighs - liposuction for me."
My opinions on the topic haven't changed since the first time I actually had an opinion - there are DEFINITELY some things I would tweak if I had disposable income and a bucket-load of vacation days. For clarification, I would never touch my face - but I have zero problem with sucking, tucking and reducing the things that need sucking, tucking, and reducing. (And please spare me the whole, "diet and exercise" talk - I get it - kale and crunches are the recipe for success...but hell, so is a little lipo, so check your judgment at the door!)
My first job in life was working for an amazing plastic surgeon in Houston, Texas. Before that job, I definitely associated plastic surgery with a "certain type of woman." My views shifted, however, when I saw how men and women came in and out of that office seeking help with various things, including procedures to help with breathing, with pain, and of course with self-esteem. It was during that time that I acknowledged the value of having procedures done.
I'm also aware of all of the arguments for and against cosmetic surgery. On the "against" side of the spectrum there are those that feel that God has blessed us with our body and we should be grateful for that and not get in the way. There are also those that have seen and heard of the horror stories and just can't justify the risk. On the "for" side of things are those, like me, that feel it is a personal choice and that people struggle, physically and emotionally, and need to make the best decision for themselves.
Sure, there are the ridiculous examples of plastic surgery displayed through reality shows covering the subject. But I venture to guess that if you look much deeper than the surface-level enhancements, you will find someone dealing with something that they just want to fix. At its core, can't we all identify with that?
So what are your thoughts? Would you consider cosmetic surgery?
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