{Poll} Plastic Surgery

by | May 03, 2012

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I remember the first time someone I knew chose to get plastic surgery. 

My good friend often complained that giving birth to five children had left her body in less than ideal condition—and there were certain things that could not be improved with diet and exercise alone. After saving for a few years, she elected to have a tummy tuck and breast lift. “It’s not plastic surgery, it’s reconstructive surgery,” she told me. 

The results were amazing. Not only did her figure look great, but she also enjoyed a new level of confidence that I had never seen in her before.

Another woman I know just finished her third round of liposuction. After getting breast implants, she decided the rest of her body could look better. So she had liposuction on her thighs, back, and upper arms. But now she believes her 42-year-old face doesn’t match her youthful body. She regularly receives Botox injections to help soften the wrinkles in her face, and she is now considering an eyelift. 

To me, it seems there can be legitimate reasons for plastic surgery, but it can also be a slippery slope where someone can never be quite satisfied with his or her appearance when there is always another body part to improve upon.

So here’s my question: How do you feel about plastic surgery? Is it ever appropriate? How much is too much?

Take our poll and leave a comment below.

Do you think plastic surgery is ever appropriate?

Yes, but only if it is to correct a deformity.
Yes, if it boosts someone’s confidence and doesn’t lead to more surgeries.
Yes, and it’s a personal decision how many surgeries are appropriate.
No, we should accept our bodies as they are.

Have you ever had plastic surgery?

No, but I would do it if I could afford it
No, but I’ve considered it
No, I haven't considered it
No, and I don't plan to

If you have had plastic surgery, what procedure did you have done?

Breast augmentation
Tummy tuck
Breast reduction
Nose job
Reconstructive (after accident, mastectomy, etc.)
More than one of the above
I haven't had plastic surgery; I just want to see the results

Have you ever had laser treatments or injections such as Botox?

Yes, I’ve had Botox or fillers injected for wrinkles
Yes, I’ve had injections to make my lips look fuller
Yes, I’ve had laser treatments to reduce wrinkles, tighten skin, or remove hair
Yes, I’ve had more than one of the above
No, but I would do it if I could afford it
No, but I’ve thought about it
No, I haven't considered it
No, and I don't plan to
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