Would you ever consider plastic surgery? I used to think I'd never consider plastic surgery, under any circumstances. But then, a couple of years ago, I had laser surgery to fade some acne scars on my face (I went through a really unfortunate phase when I was a teen). I didn't do it out of concern for my health; I did it purely for vanity's sake because I hated looking in the mirror every day and seeing the angry red reminders of my awkward youth. I know a lot of people wouldn't really consider that plastic surgery. But after that, how could I possibly draw a line in the sand and determine what kind of plastic surgery is "acceptable" and what's not? How could I judge anybody's reasons for choosing to undergo plastic surgery?
According to Yahoo!'s Year in Review, the top cosmetic procedure searches on Yahoo! in 2011 were "plastic surgery," "breast implants," "hair extensions," and "brazilian wax," so it's clear that many women do consider plastic surgery. We wanted to hear what readers had to say, so we asked some of our favorite bloggers if they'd ever consider plastic surgery. Here's what they said:
"For me, it's just not something I would ever seriously consider. I don't hate any part of myself enough to have someone cut it off and reshape it. I don't think badly of anyone who does choose to have it done, but it's not even on my radar."
— Jill of The Sassy Pear
"After losing 158 pounds, I am left with some unflattering skin issues that plastic surgery could surely correct, particularly in my arm, stomach, chest and thigh areas. However, even though I would never judge anyone who fixed these types of issues, I would not choose plastic surgery for myself. Why? Three reasons. One is that I am deathly afraid of surgical procedures. Secondly, I would feel uncomfortable undergoing a risky surgery that is purely elective, and lastly, some of those skin issues I carry serve as a reminder of how far I've come and how I never want to go back to being morbidly obese."
— Diane of Fit to the Finish
"Plastic surgery can be a necessity for people who've lost a lot of weight, not just for vanity reasons, the excess skin can be a hindrance on daily activities and lead to infections. I fully support it under these circumstances and if I need it, I hope to have it myself when I'm closer to my goal weight."
— Diana of Scale Junkie
"I respect those who choose to undergo it but at the moment, it's not something I choose to do for myself. Technologically speaking, I believe we're years away from having most cosmetic surgeries look truly natural. Also, because cosmetic surgery is still a relatively new endeavor, we aren't aware of the long-term effects. I support those who are genuinely uncomfortable with certain features of theirs and who truly believe their quality of life will improve when they feel good about their looks, but I'm not so unhappy with my natural features that I would go under the knife to change them. My nose is definitely more rounded than I'd like in photos and I constantly try to figure out facial expressions to make it appear less so, but at the end of the day, it makes me me and I wouldn't feel like myself without it."
— Amber Katz of Beauty Blogging Junkie
Would you guys ever consider plastic surgery? If so, what would it take to get you under the knife?