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post #31 of 54
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Originally Posted by mooficat View Post
A friend of mine - and no its not really me is thinking of having a breast reduction, she has thought about it for many years and now has the courage and money to go ahead, but now the nerves are kicking in. Shes already seen a specialist and all is in place for things to progress.

She has discussed this with me over the years and I am totally behind her, she has back problems, problems buying bras, her confidence & self-esteem is generally low, but sometimes can be really bad. Also whilst not as much since her younger years, she still gets jibes from men

This case is not for pure vanity reasons and I think it will help her immensely both physically and mentally, so I say you go gal and get it done

So would you or have you had any surgery ?

If i had the money i would have lap band surgery as i have spent half my life trying many different diets and excercises, and have always failed. Also hoping my breast size would go down anyway with that. I would never have cosmetic surgery UNLESS i had bad scarring or an accident or something. I have two large scars from the femoral osteotomy i had when i was five, but as Tristan is the only one who sees it, and it doesnt bother him, i just live with it.
post #32 of 54
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Originally Posted by trixie23 View Post
Yeah I would have my nose done to be honest! I think I have a deviated septum (I have a bump from it being broken) and it's just strange looking!
I have the same thing. And yes if I did not have Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, rare skin tissue disorder (surgeries are to dangerous unless it is life or death), and I had the money I would have plastic surgery no problem! I would have my nose and chin done and probably lipo suction.
post #33 of 54
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Originally Posted by Zissou'sMom View Post
I don't think breast reduction surgery is plastic surgery the way facelifts and nose jobs are. Your friend has medical problems caused by something that could be fixed with surgery. If one of her legs was an inch shorter than the other, nobody would think anything of having a surgery to make it easier to walk.
I think of it that way too.
post #34 of 54
I would have it for reconstructive purposes if I ever needed to. Other then that I can't see myself getting any. I don't necessary view "breast reductions" as cosmetic surgery, often people need it for severe back pain.
post #35 of 54
I'd love to have a nip and a tuck and maybe a little lipo, but I'll never do it. I'm too chicken and its too spendy!
Now if I had a problem with my breasts being too large, causing back problems, I'd consider that, or any kind of reconstruction surgury too.
post #36 of 54
It's hard for me to say if I would or not if I were in her position. I personally wouldn't have surgery, but I do not have the problem of my chest being too large! IMO, I am in the body I was meant to be in. But like I said, I am not sure what I would do in her case. If I was having physical problems because of it, then I guess maybe I would have it done. If I have other health problems I go to the docter's to get them taken care of, so I guess having that done wouldn't be much different. So, I guess my answer is yes if it is a problem physically, but no if it were a different situation and I wanted to change my body for a different reason like getting breast enlargments just for the sake of having them bigger. But everyone's situation is different so I do not judge them if they decide to do anything like that. So, if she feels comfortable with doing it and it would help her having them smaller then I say go for it! I just personally would not change my own body.
post #37 of 54
I don't wanna change anything about me but if I ever feel like I do, I would have it in an instant !
post #38 of 54
I think the only kind of cosmetic surgery I would personally consider for myself would be a breast reduction (or at least I'd make it so that they both matched! ); I'm ridiculously well-endowed (and weight loss doesn't appear to be having any impact on that ...) and I do have some back pain. Plus, on a more vain note, it'd be nice to be able to buy the cute, flirty bras that smaller-chested girls get to wear. I have some sexy bras, but I pay a small fortune for mine (I just bought three that weren't grandmother-ish, and it cost me close to $400!).

Aside from that, though, while I have things about myself that I would certainly love to change, I'm afraid that if I change one thing, I'll keep finding other things about my body that make me unhappy. Right now, I just dislike my nose. Who's to say that, after getting a nose job, I won't suddenly become fixated on my chin, or the shape of my eyes? And I could, in theory, use cosmetic surgery to get rid of my saggy, pouchy stomach and flab-tastic arms, but at this point in my life I'd rather work on getting rid of them the natural (albeit frustratingly slow) way. I'm not going to say definitively that I won't change my mind ten, twenty years from now, though.

I once worked for a cosmetic surgeon, and it was a real eye-opener. I think the majority of people seeking cosmetic surgery aren't obsessed with bigger boobs or a flatter tummy; most of the people my employer saw were there for very small, but very intensely personal reasons. One was a high school friend of mine who had smashed through a glass window and horribly scarred up his face. Another was a girl I'd gone to grade school with, whose breasts were so lop-sided that it was noticeable no matter what she wore. And another was my mother, who had had a thorn embedded in the back of her hand; it got infected and her hand was badly scarred -- the doctor I worked for specialized in hands, and now you can scarcely tell my mother had had anything done.

When I was younger, I thought cosmetic surgery was pathetic, and that the people who got it were sick and vain. Now that I'm older (and, hopefully, wiser), I don't feel that it's fair of me to judge others just because I'm reasonably content with my body the way it is. I admit, I shake my head in dismay at the woman who's made herself into Barbie (or a human cat), but ultimately, it's your body and your money. If larger breasts, a perfect nose and a smooth tummy (or looking like a living Barbie Doll) will make you happy, do it. But I think you need to seriously ask yourself -- because cosmetic surgery is pricy, recovery can take a very long time, and the effects are more or less permanent -- if these changes will truly make you happy, or will you, like me, keep finding new things about yourself that you don't like.
post #39 of 54
If its more of a health issue, then yes, but if purely for cosmetic reasons, then no. I like what I have. Except for the tummy that is too big right now (DH has same problem).

I know of a relative of my ex-husband who was vain enough to go get all the "spider veins" in her legs taken out. A few years later, she had to have bypass surgery on her heart (heart attack). Normally they use the veins in your legs as they are larger to replace the ones for the heart. Well since she destroyed them because of vanity, they had to take them from other places in her body (stomach area I think) and she has many more scars then she ever imagined!
post #40 of 54
If I had the money I'd have my ears "pinned" back. I've never worn my hair in a ponytail because I feel that my ears stick out too much. So, I keep my hair long and if I pull it back, it's always covering my ears.
I have a deviated septum, too, but I'm not about to have surgery for that. My sister did, and it's worse now than it was before.
post #41 of 54
I believe in your friend's situation it is fine. It is also good for people that have been disfigured in accidents and the like. It is just crazy how celebrities get so carried away with it, and I do think that there is a line to be drawn when people get carried away with vanity, and need psychological help!
post #42 of 54
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Originally Posted by mooficat View Post
So would you or have you had any surgery ?
yes, if i could afford it! i lost over 100 pounds this year, & i've been morbidly obese most of my life. i NEED a brachioplasty, a tummy tuck & a breast lift. but none are medically necessary, so my insurance wouldn't pay for them, & i can't afford to. so my wings are staying with me!
post #43 of 54
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Originally Posted by Dragoriana View Post
If i had the money i would have lap band surgery as i have spent half my life trying many different diets and excercises, and have always failed. Also hoping my breast size would go down anyway with that.
BTW, if you're at least 100 pounds overweight, your insurance may cover the majority of a lap band procedure. my gastric bypass ended up costing me only about $2000 out-of-pocket, insurance covered the rest. most of that was the hospital, too.
post #44 of 54
I've had three "elective" surgeries, not "plastic" surgery, but definitely unneccessary surgeries that improved my life greatly.

Tubal ligation (not necessary) made my life better. 100% covered by insurance...

Lasik (not necessary) made my life better. Not covered by insurance.

Carpal Tunnel surgery to both wrists at the same time. 100% covered by insurance (yeah I have great insurance and one seriously loving husband since I had NO hands for 2 weeks!).

Each surgery changed my LIFE.

When it comes to plastic surgery or changing my looks, I say to each his own. When it comes to breast reduction I think if a woman wants to do it, she should. Same with stomach stapling IF all diets have failed.

I have a friend who had breast inplants, and let me tell you, she went from being a normal human being to being a freak of nature. It changed her life FOR THE WORSE. She got huge hoo-hoo's, and she CHANGED internally. Can't even say she's a friend anymore, her hoo-hoo's changed her THAT much. Kinda sad.

If I ever do another elective/unnecessary surgery, it'll be something like skin treatments (laser off a mole or something). Elective surgeries are a person's choice and can seriously alter their life for GOOD! Your friend should definitely get what she wants done, it will make her feel better about herself.

If she was going from a Size A breast to a Size DD (like my old friend) I'd be a tad leery. Things like that make people change on the inside.
post #45 of 54
Also, if you've lost a lot of weight, medical insurance will usually cover at least a part of having your tummy done and.. it might cover other things...because they consider a tummy "tuck" neccessary if the skin is folded over, due to the fact that it causes rash and other health issues.
post #46 of 54
Ann, I say Very Good Luck to your friend! Cosmetic surgery can be a great thing both physically and emotionally.

I`ve had 5 cosmetic operations due to congenital problems with my eye and jaw and my nose was broken 3 times as a kid so they sorted that as well.
It`s made a huge difference to my life though I will never feel 'normal'. The effects of being bullied and stared at still affect me and my confidence isn`t great but people hardly notice anymore. It`s the mental scars that hurt.

I hope your friend gets over the nerves and goes for it.
post #47 of 54
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Originally Posted by Jaffacake View Post
Ann, I say Very Good Luck to your friend! Cosmetic surgery can be a great thing both physically and emotionally.

I`ve had 5 cosmetic operations due to congenital problems with my eye and jaw and my nose was broken 3 times as a kid so they sorted that as well.
It`s made a huge difference to my life though I will never feel 'normal'. The effects of being bullied and stared at still affect me and my confidence isn`t great but people hardly notice anymore. It`s the mental scars that hurt.

I hope your friend gets over the nerves and goes for it.
My friend had a similar reason for cosmetic surgery, although she was left scarred after being attacked by a dog (and not a pitbull!). Her cosmetic surgery hasn't made her into some beautiful Hollywood starlet or taken away the years of suffering she experienced -- she had the surgery as an adult and had to go through most of her childhood with the scars -- but now she feels like her scars don't make her stand out. She feels like she can be "normal," whatever that means.
post #48 of 54
I definitely can understand your friends decision on reconstructive surgery. I myself was bit in the face by a wolf (luckily the wolf was pulled off me before he ripped my face off) and now my three scars above my lip have been minimized to one (otherwise I definitely would have had surgery)... I am very thankful and proud to wear my silly scar! I can only imagine all the pain and suffering she has been through due to being attacked (mental and physical). I wish her the best and hope she can overcome her scar complex... In situations such as this I see no wrong in making a correction!
post #49 of 54
I haven't and don't plan on ever doing so. But I don't have problems with it. I don't know many people that have that in person, except one, and she was not happy with the results later on in life (breasts). But I don't see anything wrong with people doing it if that is what they feel might make them happy
post #50 of 54
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Originally Posted by Mirinae View Post
My friend had a similar reason for cosmetic surgery, although she was left scarred after being attacked by a dog (and not a pitbull!). Her cosmetic surgery hasn't made her into some beautiful Hollywood starlet or taken away the years of suffering she experienced -- she had the surgery as an adult and had to go through most of her childhood with the scars -- but now she feels like her scars don't make her stand out. She feels like she can be "normal," whatever that means.
Oh, your poor friend!
I can totally relate to that. Although I used to have regular check ups at the hospital, I never had surgery as a kid because my parents thought if they waited the surgery offered would be better
And yeah, it wasn`t to make me beautiful, just kind off make things less noticeable.
I hope your friend is doing well now.
post #51 of 54
I dont know its hard to say.. I say she should go for it bu tme I would be very scared myself. Im not against surgery even for cosmetic reasons it just scares me.
post #52 of 54
I don't like surgery either, and avoid it as much as possible. I'd have it for medical reasons but never for vanity.
post #53 of 54
If I could have surgery and knew it would not harm my body in any way, then I would have my flat butt rounded out and have my breasts enlarged(I'm a size A, lol!).
post #54 of 54
No, I would not have plastic surgery. It scares me to even watch it on tv. I would rather spend my money on more important things. The only way I would agree with it would be if it was because of disfigurement, an accident, etc.. but they would be the only reasons for me.
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