Plastic Surgery

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  1. lucybelle

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    I have no doubt this has been discussed before, but today I was inspired to start a thread about plastic surgery. What are your opinions on plastic surgery? Have you had any? Would you consider it? Any experiences with it?

    Browsing through my facebook I noticed a new profile picture of a friend boldly showing off her new, giant rack. She's quite a petite lady and she probably has a set of DDs now. It looks weird, but maybe because I'm not used to it.

    My boyfriend's sister has had a boob job, a butt job and liposuction. She, of course, already had a slamming body to begin with, but wanted a little extra. She looks great, but is on the verge of looking "unnatural".

    I've had braces which counts as a cosmetic procedure, but not quite a surgery.

    My opinion? Do what you want to do. But personally, I don't think I'd ever get any plastic surgery, unless I became disfigured somehow (knock on wood!) I've seen lots of really great looking plastic surgeries and lots of really really awful ones. If you're gonna get it, at least get a good doctor!!!:p
     
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  3. MikeTeachesMath

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    That's basically where I stand as well.
     
  4. JustMe

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    I won't even dye my hair...and I'm really graying! I wear make-up, so I'm not sure what my hang-up is regarding hair color. I just feel as though doing so would start a quest I could never conquer, so I choose to accept and perhaps even embrace my life journey. Maybe one day I will change my mind...

    I know several people who had breast implants, famiy included. I was really upset when someone especially close to me had the operation because it was sad to me her state of mind at the time...the pursuit of perfection and happiness, which I don't feel ultimately can be found through surgery. It didn't work for her, that is for sure. :(

    But in general, my life is mine to live and your life is yours to live. I try not to judge other's decisions, though I admit to sometimes rolling my eyes at some choices. The only surgery I could imagine having is a breast reduction because I deal with pain as is, and I can predict that intensifying over the years. I am not at all interested in other surgeries.

    Regarding less invasive procedures, I wouldn't rule out a chemical peel on my face. But that would be a huge decision.
     
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    I am considering skin removal surgery due to massive weight loss, as well as a breast reduction ( it looks weird with my new body). But I am freaked out by going under the knife. I would probably never get a face lift or nose job or anything like that.
     
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    I knew someone who got a breast reduction because she was having back problems and her doctor said it would help. Other than that I don't know anyone who willingly had surgery.
     
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    I've always kind of wanted a nose job, but a few things hold me back- I can't really afford it, even if I made payments or something I'd feel guilty about spending so much money on something so vain, and I'm not sure being "fake" is any better than having an ugly nose. I wouldn't judge someone for getting it but I do think some people can take it too far and you can tell when someone has that "plastic" look. My friend and I were out last weekend and we saw a woman who was probably in her 50's who had clearly had numerous surgeries in order to try to make herself look younger. We both agreed that natural aging looked WAY better than that.

    My mom is getting the skin removal surgery next month. She's lost over 100 pounds and is at her goal weight now- it basically wasn't even a choice b/c her doctor said the excess skin would get infected if it weren't removed. She wanted to get it anyway (why bother losing all the weight if you're going to have a bunch of skin hanging around) so it was no big deal. She's looking forward to it.
     
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    waterfall~I've thought about a nose job too, but I'm so scared of going under the knife! I've also thought about liposuction.
     
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    None of it bothers me, but I wouldn't necessarily have serious surgery myself...

    That being said, I have had LASIK surgery (would that be considered cosmetic or just optional?) and it was the best thing I have done. Also...I just had Botox injections last week. A lot of my friends have made judgements about that, but I didn't do it for cosmetic reasons. (I'm 29...like I have serious wrinkles to take care of yet.) The Botox was my new attempt at controling my chronic migraines, so it was a medical procedure consisting of 31 injections, definitely not for fun. The plus side? My forehead looks really smooth. Of course, I can't raise my eyebrows very high. :D
     
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    Oh, jeeze, I could use a new nose as well! It's pretty huge. But I would live with my nose a hundred times over before going under the knife for that. That seems particularly painful...amd I'm afraid I would look too different from what I'm used to.
     
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    I had a nickel sized skin cancer removed from my forehead about 5 weeks ago. I was absolutely miserable for about a week after. My forehead would swell then gravity would take hold. I looked like a freak show. If that's what plastic surgery is like, I'm not interested.
     
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    I too would like a nose job but I am scare of going under the knife. I am, however, thinking of some sort of skin procedure like photo facial. I've been hearing about it & would like to explore the possibility.
     
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    I feel like I personally keep Clairol in business! I color my hair about every 4-6 weeks. I've even made my bff promise that if something ever happens to me and I'm in the hospital incapacitated, she has to come color my hair! LOL (My color of choice is Nice and Easy 108: Natural reddish blonde.) I horde boxes of it because I live in fear of them stopping production on the color. Haha!

    I'm way too cheap to ever seriously consider plastic surgery, but I don't have a problem with people who make that choice. If I had unlimited money, I could see getting a boob job (hoist those girls up on their shelf!), but that's about it. As long as it's safe, I say do whatever you need to do that makes you feel good.
     
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    I kind of have the opposite issue of those people who find fault with themselves. I've always had a tendency to think I look better than I probably really do. :whistle:

    The only surgery I've ever considered has been a breast lift. I never thought of it myself, but my dermatologist mentioned it. I have large breasts that headed south several years ago, and I get frequent skin infections due to skin touching skin. Doctor said a breast lift would fix that. I was on board until he started explaining the procedure. :eek: Just give me the medicine and a bra with all the bells & whistles.

    Now, I'm not at all above minor procedures. I've had moles and spots removed just because I didn't like them. I'm scheduled to have a couple of skin tags removed from my neck because they bother me when I wear necklaces . . . and I'm all about my jewelry. I had a large stretch mark repaired, not because it looked bad, but because when I sneezed, it felt like my insides would come out. Ick. I love make-up, and I wear contacts. I had braces. I never colored my hair because of gray, but because I got bored with the same thing all the time. When my hair fell out, I bought wigs, and I love them.

    My STBX has scar revision surgery on his face. He had a huge scar from the top of his head down the side of his face and to his neck. (car accident) They were able to move the scar to his hairline, in front of his ear, and along his jawline. It made it far less noticeable.
     
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    My weight has gone up and down a lot. If I get back to my ideal weight again I would like to do either skin removal surgery or liposuction. Even at my smallest I still had a belly and it really depressed me. I had lost a lot of weight while my husband was deployed, but I already gained quite a bit back since he's been home. It's time to start getting serious about eating right and exercising again. It's hard to do lately because we're having visitors for almost my whole summer. Everyone wants to go out to eat!
     
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    I have no problems with plastic surgery in general. There are a few procedure I might get done if I had the money. More than likely I'll try Botox (I've always wondered if it helped with headaches) and Juvederm. I have issues with needles so don't hold me to that!
     
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    Plastic surgery just to do it is silly.

    Now, if you had cancer, lost massive weight, disfigured somehow, then I can definitely see that as being something to pursue. That's understandable. But to get a boob job just because or a nose job because you don't like that little bump? meh, not my thing.

    When I was younger, I really wanted a nose job. Now, while I still don't like my nose I'm learning to like myself for who I am; from the inside out. I'm also pretty flat chested. I barely fit in an A cup bra. I have to by bras from the Little Bra Company (thank goodness for them!). So, when I was younger I was also interested in getting a boob job. Now, Im older and realize that it was society and the media that made me feel that way. As a teen I felt horrible for not having a bigger chest. Now, as a almost 30 year old I'm happy for my small "modelesque" body. :D
     
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    You're in a great place "mentally", Peachy. Besides, boobs the size of your head are not cute or comfortable or practical...trust me! Sigh. :(
     
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    I have sagging eyelids, and it's worse on one side. I'd like to get that done. I know a couple of ladies who have been through that procedure, and they say it wasn't horrible. They both look great, too.
     
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    I would so get lipo!!!! Even when I weighed 100 pounds, which was a loooonnngggg time ago, I had a booty and saddle bags, lol. I've always talked about getting perky boobies after I'm finished having babies; however, my sister's saline implant started leaking this weekend. :eek:hmy: Now, I'm not so sure about that. She's going to need to have a new one put in. The implant company will replace it for free. I'm giving her a major hard time about her boobs being under warranty. Well, I started giving her a hard time about it yesterday when we were both able to see the humor in the situation. I figure getting boobs put in or fat sucked out can't hurt worse than a c-section!

    Beth
     
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    I might or might not have a subtle nose job, but I probably wouldn't end up doing it. I don't even think about how my nose looks most to practically any of the time.

    There definitely is such a thing as going overboard though.
     
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    The breast lift procedure sounded that bad? Can ask for details? LOL I've always kind of thought I might do that one in the future because my boobs are pretty big too and they will eventually lose their perk.
     
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    I have had some work done. I'd prefer not to say what, but it was not only for cosmetic reasons. Some, yes, but not all.

    I also recently had LASIK, and I kick myself for not having that done 10 years ago.
     
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    He said that they cut around the nipple to completely free it from the rest of the breast, and they they sectioned the breast tissue and did their nip and tuck work. Then they sew it all back together.

    I got goosebumps just writing that. It was the nipple part that really got me. I'm not sure why.
     
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    Yes, the entire areola, or however that's spelled, is removed and placed on a lovely tray while other tissue is removed. Two people rather close to me experienced infections...one was major and she nearly lost a breast! If I could snap my fingers, I'd go down a couple cup sizes in an instant (hey, and band sizes!), but this surgery makes my stomach flip just thinking about it! It would need to be truly necessary...for now, I'll deal with the discomfort.
     
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    :eek:

    Wow, that does sound pretty scary. The idea of having them... on a table....

    Whelp, back to my homework (taking nutrition, stopped by to AtoZ for a break and this was the first thread I clicked on).... :whistle:
     
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    That was just part of what I had; they also removed the nipple, and split it in half horizontally so that each breast would have part. Those stitches didn't really leave much of a scar at all, neither did the ones around the areole.

    Not quite "good as new" but "good enough" and no complications.

    I never saw the tray, so I have no idea about that. But my plastic surgeon was fabuous.

    I never thought of it as "going under the knife" merely as a return to almost-normal.
     
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    I saw the tray on a documentary. I think that was probably when I stopped watching. I used to be able to handle that sort of thing, but the older I get the less I can. :eek:
     
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    I'd get a nose lift :lol: The older I get, the more of a hook it's developing... like a witch's nose.
     
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    Cheb,
    GUESS what the two things are that never stop growING on our faces?!~?
    Our noses and ears!
    God has a GREAT sense of humor!:D
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    :eek: No, don't say so.
     
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    That is so true! I volunteered in a nursing home and it's all ears and noses! Cute, though. :)

    That's bad new for me in both features.
     
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    Rebel1, I may have heard that once before, but forgot, but it's interesting. I'm sure we'd rather choose 2 other things to continue to grow if we could...well, some of us.
     
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    My legs. I wouldn't mind being a bit taller. But then again, I don't want to be a giant either. Meh.
     
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    My brother had a nose job a few years ago and had to have it redone because it didn't turn out right.

    I'd always thought I'd get a nose job, too, but after the traumatic experience he went through--NO WAY!
     
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    Plastic surgery is quite common here. It's not really my thing, but to each their own. A couple people in my family have had nose jobs and they look great. I've seen the recovery though, and it's horrible. I've learned to love my big schnozz instead! I wouldn't feel like myself if my face were to change. I would like to get Lasik eventually, but more for convenience than anything else. I'm not comfortable in contacts and keeping track of my glasses is a pain.

    If I had some kind of disfigurement due to injury or disease, I wouldn't hesitate with surgery.
     
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    My dad may have that since he is actually dropping so much that he has trouble seeing. So that means I'll need to have it too since I am definitely Daddy's girl. My eyes aren't bad enough yet.
     
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    Pretty much a hijack, but I wanted to get back to that "going under the knife" thing.

    Actually, all my surgeries (and I think the count is 6, 3 of which were just plastic surgery) have been totally uneventful.

    You prep a day or two before-- they take blood, do insurance, and all that.

    They give you a special sponge with its own soap to use the night before or mornng of the surgery. And a second one to use on the are being operated on.

    They tell you not to eat or drink anything after midnight. Some hospitals (one of the two I've used) also give you a Tums-type antacid to help prevent issues with the anesthesia. You call the day before to find out what time to report.

    The next day (all of mine have been first thing in the morning, thankfully. Otherwise, you get HUNGRY) you report with no jewelry. When it's your turn, you go in.

    They get you set up with surgical gowns and a cap, and sock-slippers. Then they seat you in your own liltte curtained off cubicle, and whoever is with you (in my case, Peter) can come back.

    The anesthesiologist (sp?) comes in to talk to you. You get asked by just about everyone in the hospital why you're there, which side, and so on, to prevent an error and ensure that you know what you're getting into. He asks about allergies and so on, and inserts an IV. (The only one that hurt at all was the one in my hand. The ones in my arm were painless.) They put a tape bracelet on the side that's being operated on, as well as a red one with any allegies. (I'm allergic to Avelox, an antibiotic.)

    When things are ready, you say goodbye to your guest-- they give him a pager. You walk yourself into the OR, which is an incredibly cool place. (Chilly too, though that's not what I meant.) For one thing, it's BIG. You lie down on the operating table. They put things on your ankles, almost like blood pressure cuffs, to help with circulation... they inflate and deflate every few minutes. Then they give you a heated blanket. You chat about all sorts of things, I remember asking about the function of some of the OR things. At some point they turn on the anesthesia.

    Next thing you know, you're in recovery, and they're offering you pound cake and ginger ale. I'm very lucky in that I tolerate anesthesia well... my next door neighbor, who is about 6 months ahead of me in terms of breast cancer issues, throws up every time.

    You stay in recovery until either you're coherent enough to go home (and your paperwork is processed) or until there's an opening upstairs (if you're staying overnight. I've only had overnight stays for my mastectomy and my thyroidectomy-- all the plastic surgery was ambulatory surgery.)

    As far as recovery, I've never had any sort of issue. I'm a total wimp, but never even needed an Advil, much less the painkillers they precribed. I did fill the prescription that first time, and kept the pills in case. You try to follow doctor's orders about taking it easy. (Though that's been the hard part. 10 days after my mastectomy, my father in law died. The day of one of my plastic surgeries, my niece's daughter died. Each time, the odds of my staying in bed to recover vanished with a phone call. But I got by just fine.)

    I wouldn't opt for surgery unless it was warranted. But quality of life is part of that equation. If I, and my doctors, felt that surgery was warrented to improve my quality of life, I wouldn't hesitate. My doctors have been remarkably talented professionals, and my results have been wonderful.
     
  39. czacza

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    :hugs:, Alice.
     
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    Thanks. But, honestly,the point behind my post is that, for me at least, surgery isn't something terribly scary. (Of course, the reasons behind the surgery are sometimes VERY scary.)

    If I got a call today saying my implant had been recalled and had to come out, I would be annoyed, not afraid. (Even though my plastic surgeon retired last summer, so I would be dealing with a doctor I don't know.)

    For me, at least, surgery isn't so very scary. I'm happy enough with my looks not to consider cosmetic surgery, But if something about my looks were interfering with my quality of life, I would have no fears about speaking to a surgeon about taking care of it.
     
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    My :hugs: are for all of it, A.:love:
     

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