Have you had plastic surgery? Would you if you could afford it?

@rx4life (1935)
United States
May 6, 2007 2:25am CST
Television has all these shows now showing the transformations of surgery candidates from flat chested to full chested, large thighs to thin thighs, sagging jowls to smooth jawlines, big noses to small noses...how do you feel about this? Do you think our society is overly obsessed with looks and surgical changes? Do you have a flaw that you would have changed surgically if it was within your monetary means? Do you think people benefit from improving their looks in that they are more self confident after altering the shape or size of their bodies? Or are you the person that thinks we are what we are and the beauty and confidence comes from within and can't be changed with a scalpel or a liposuction machine!!?? Do you worry about the future generations and the prolific pressures about being perfect? How do you feel about the cosmetic surgery wave that is cresting in the US? Is it the same in other countries?
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• Philippines
6 May 07
Hmm. No, I've never had plastic surgery. I don't know. I wouldn't say I'd never do it because someday I might. I mean, if I really needed it like if I burn myself or something. I'm not that happy with how I look but I won't change it just to look like some celebrity. It's like, changing my identity or something. If it hinders me from living my life well then maybe I would. Like liposuction. If I were 600lbs, it would be really hard just to get on a treadmill and lose all that weight. Liposuction would be a start-up help, then I'd be able to carry my weight onto the treadmill. But if I could lose that weight just by exercising and eating right, I won't risk my life and go under the knife. For me, it feels better working for that great body than just having all the fat sucked out of me. I'm not judging the people who went under the knife though. My mom had a nose job. I have the same nose as she did before she had that nose job, but I never dreamt of having one. It's kind of scary. But some people really need it to boost their confidence. If that's what helps them live their life, then so be it. It's better than hating the image you see in the mirror every day. The pressure of being perfect I think has always been there. But I guess it's just amplified today. And maybe people have a different idea of what perfect is today. Perfection is after all subjective. It is a scary thought what people are willing to go through just to become "beautiful" in the public's eye. Here in the Philippines, there's this plastic surgeon who, in the past three to four years, has been gaining popularity more and more because more and more Filipinos are now turning to plastic surgery.
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@rx4life (1935)
• United States
6 May 07
I am always interested in discovering the trends in other countries. America seems overtaken by this need to change the exterior of their bodies...I, too , believe that diet and exercise are the best ways to keep yourself looking and feeling good...but I don't condemn or judge anyone that decides to make surgical changes for whatever reasons. I have friends that have changed a few subtle things and they look very nice and are very happy...then I have a friend who can't change enough...the more she gets done the more she wants done...Thanks for replying and addressing the changes in your country's attitudes toward this procedure!
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
6 May 07
Hi, Yes they have this on our televisions as well, I only think it is necessary if something is serverly wrong with your body that you really require plastic surgery. otherwise I think that it is not right to adjust what you were born with. Beauty does come from within and you have to learn how to develop it to your highest potential. Yes it is the same in Australia these day xx
@rx4life (1935)
• United States
6 May 07
I'm seeing a trend across the world...hmmm..could we all be that unhappy with our "shells"...or does the media present it to us in an overdose and we begin to ponder.......
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@zandi458 (27954)
• Malaysia
14 May 07
No, I don't believe in plastic surgery and will never sacrifice myself to go under the surgeon's knife even if I have the means to do it. I have seen pictures of people who had had plastic surgery, makes them look years older than before. The risk is too high and is not permenant either. I forsee that cosmatic surgery will be topping the chart in the medical field with the future generation.
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@rx4life (1935)
• United States
14 May 07
True it can be a tricky situation...some are so happy with it and some even become addicted to it!!! I have friends that have had both experiences and it gives pause to me whenever I think of anyone having it...but given the proper circumstances it can be so rewarding..as in a major injury/disease/disfiguration...but even then...it doesn't always turn out well.. I feel badly for the young teens whose parents are giving them gifts of this suregery for graduation..so young to begin tinkering with what God gave us....but...each to his own..that's what makes us unique...freedom of choice and decision making!!
• United States
7 May 07
I think it does improve the way a person feels when they can "fix" what is "wrong" with them. I would definately have plastic surgery if I could afford in. There are many things I would change about me. Well, maybe not many, but a few. When a person feels good about themselves it shows in how they act and what they do.
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@rx4life (1935)
• United States
7 May 07
I think we all have our "areas" of concern whether it be faces sagging, noses of various sizes, thighs that are bigger than we wish, tummies that bulge a bit...and some of us would have the surgery in a heartbeat if we could afford it..and some wouldn't and don't do it out of fear or desire even though they could afford it!!!
@Zelmarq (11509)
• Cebu City, Philippines
7 May 07
I cant afford plastic surgery. Its is soemthing that is not in my wildest deams. I have flat nose but I cant think of myslef ever having plastic surgery. I see it very common happening with actreses for it really fits them all well. I would like to share this information about plastic surgery hope this could also help you and other readers as well. Cosmetic surgery is performed to reshape normal structures of the body in order to improve the patient's appearance and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery is usually not covered by health insurance because it is elective. Reconstructive surgery is performed on abnormal structures of the body, caused by congenital defects, developmental abnormalities, trauma, infection, tumors or disease. It is generally performed to improve functions, but may also be done to approximate a normal appearance. Reconstructive surgery is generally covered by most health insurance policies, although coverage for specific procedures and levels of coverage may vary greatly. There are a number of "gray areas" in coverage for plastic surgery that sometimes require special consideration by an insurance carrier. These areas usually involve surgical operations which may be reconstructive or cosmetic, depending on each patient's situation. For example, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) - a procedure normally performed to achieve cosmetic improvement - may be covered if the eyelids are drooping severely and obscuring a patient's vision.
@rx4life (1935)
• United States
7 May 07
Thanks for the information.. and for responding..:)