Why I'll (Probably) Never Have Plastic Surgery

Posted 01/27/11 at 03:40PM by Audrey Fine

I won't lie; there was a time when I thought it would be fun to have bigger breasts. I even flirted with the idea of getting them done for a little while. Then I saw some show on MTV that documented a girl undergoing the procedure and I was scared straight. (Read: horrified.)

The girl, who was about 22, had many hopes and dreams all pinned on her soon-to-be-large breasts; they'd complete her life by finally making her happy with her body, they'd fulfill her by finally having men stand up and notice her. Then she came out of the surgery and was in such agony -- for so many weeks -- that she wished she'd never gone through with it. She cried, moaned, laid around a lot and it was more than a little hard to watch -- much less live.

Then you hear the stories of women who become so obsessed with "perfecting" their faces and bodies that they become addicted to plastic surgery. Just look at Heidi Montag -- had her surgeon not accidentally plummeted to his death last summer she might very well still be trying to attain that impossible goal -- even though she says she "feels trapped in my own body."

Of course, there are also those tales of patients who die -- either on the table or as a result of too many surgeries -- and for what? Because they wanted a cute button nose or a flat stomach? How do their kids handle that news (and what kind of lesson does that teach)?

Don't get me wrong, there are lots of things about myself that I'd like to fix up -- especially as the years continue to fly by. My eyelids are droopy, (as are my breasts -- which I realize now were fabulous just the way they were back when I was contemplating the procedure) and, my stomach is nowhere near as taut as it was pre-childbirth. But as much as I may fanaticize about consulting with some "board certified" surgeon, I just can't imagine actually doing it. I'm a big chicken. And I don't want to orphan my kids.

Will I change my mind as my body gets more and more decrepit? Maybe. Do I pass judgment on others who get things done? Nah. I'm just jealous.

How about you? If money were no object, would you sign up to have a procedure done? Or are you just going to (struggle) to age gracefully? That's my plan of attack these days and with great products like Olay Pro-X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream, $47.99 that helps to undo all the damage I inflicted on my skin and Laura Mercier Eyedration Firming Eye Cream, $40, which helps de-puff and re-plump my poor, aging peepers, I like to think that, for now anyway, I'm winning the battle with my face. And, for the old, gravity-weary bod, there's some hope thanks to Olay Total Effects 7-in-1 Advanced Anti-Aging Body Wash, $7.99 and Shiseido Body Creator Aromatic Firming Cream, $60.
And the survey says...
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  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/30/12 at 08:56am

    I would definitely do it.

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/14/12 at 05:53pm

    I am so with you! I have thought and even dreamed about getting a tummy tuck because of my pooch and railroad tracks of stretch marks from having 2 kids in 2 years (NOT planned). I really hate that part of my body but, I will stick to Spanx to hide my ugly spot! :) I have no problem with other people choosing plastic surgery but I do not get why they would elect to have a major surgery! The only time I would want any type of surgery is if it will save my life!!

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  • Posted by mrsbell9508 on 01/26/12 at 11:36am

    I wouldnt do it, I am a larger woman and honestly I am happy just the way I am, My kids love me my husband loves me there is no reason to change who we all already love =)

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  • Posted by thewayiam on 01/03/12 at 03:48pm

    Sometimes, a girls’ night out and a gym can’t fix our problems, so we turn to plastic surgery… I got a breast lift a few months ago, a decision I didn’t take lightly: took a few years of research on doctors and references, spent a year at the gym with a trainer leading up to the surgery to make sure I’m in the best shape possible before the procedure… The first week was hard and painful, but hey, no pain, no gain! I didn’t expect it to be easy, but it was a really good experience for me. I’m glad I did it and feel fortunate to have been in good shape and it good hands for a speedy recovery. I’m not a model, I’m a curvy, 5’6, in my late 20’s and am around 150lbs. It was worth every penny and love the results. Would I go under the knife again? No, I don’t think I need to be super thin or perfect. I just chose to tweak one thing about my body that really limited my self-esteem the most.

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  • Posted by anna_davis on 11/28/11 at 01:58pm

    if i had money i might do it. no really, it hurts? its called recovery, if u didnt notice "surgery" is part of the name. Surgery needs recovery time and often hurts

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/21/11 at 09:06pm

    To each their own. If money weren't an object, I'd consider it. I wouldn't do it for anyone else, I'd do it for me, because I wanted it. Not because I thought it would make me "HAPPY" or because guys liked it.

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