The Plastic Surgery debate has been in the blogosphere lately with several of Babble’s contributors weighing in on the issue and sharing their personal stories. Since then, a few other bloggers have shared their own stories, criticisms, or salutes to the women that have undergone a procedure or two themselves.
To say that reactions have varied among comment probably is not a surprise to many of you. The cosmetic surgery debate can get as heated as a conversation about politics or religion. And as bikini season approaches, and pictures of hot pregnant mamas like this one surface all over magazines and the web, many women may be exploring their options and perhaps consulting with a surgeon to determine the cost of liposuction or breast implants to see how much work their budgets will allow them to have, if any.
And since I love a healthy debate, I figured why not discuss the topic myself and see what you all think about the issue.
So here I go. I think the decision to undergo surgery is certainly a personal one and totally up to the man or woman considering it. Some people do it for health, others just to look better. Whatever the reason, if it makes YOU happy, I say go for it! Some women can spend hours and years in the gym trying to get rid of that baby pouch leftover from pregnancy. Why not snip off that pouch if your able to do it?
Where I draw the line, however, is excessive plastic surgery. Women like Heidi Montag from the MTV series The Hills comes to mind. She went form 0-60 with her breast implants and all the other work only to look, well, plastic and no longer attractive. She still looked natural after her first procedure. Unfortunately for her, she quickly became the example of going overboard.
Women like Heidi are the narrow exception to the other women that decide to undergo a little nip, tuck, or suck here or there. I think that in most cases, most women don’t look like the stereotypes we see all over the gossip magazines. Most women would probably be surprised if they knew how many of their friends, neighbors, teachers, etc., may have had some work.
Absent problems with the procedure, most women feel great about themselves after recovering from the surgery. If it helps a woman to feel better about her body image and improve her self esteem, I say go for it!
So what do you think? Is plastic surgery a good idea, bad idea, or do you prefer to plead the fifth on the issue?
Image credit: Flickr/Naira Mattia