#THOUGHTPOST | Plastic Surgery

What do you think about plastic surgery?
Just wanted to point out (just in case) that the picture is not me, it’s from Death to Stock.

Plastic surgery.

I know that this can be a controversial topic and there are many sides to it, but I wanted to keep this simple and short and mention my perspective behind it, as it was a big reason I started this blog in the first place.

Plastic surgery always been an option for me, and I could never understand the vehement negativity against it. Granted, I understand the theory behind being “natural” or the idea that you have what you have for a reason or religion or whatever.

In fact, one of the reasons I wrote up this post is because I was re-watching a really old Bones episode where the main character talked about how she couldn’t understand why anyone would want to change their face, to change their uniqueness. (Let’s skip over the fact that the main character is attractive, knows it, and knows other people thinks she is attractive.) In my opinion, it’s not that simple.

For example, I’ve had something called a venous malformation right between my nose and my cheek. It’s puffy, noticeable at first glance (especially because I already have a small nose), and with coloring identical to a bruise. I can’t tell you how many people have come up and ask me if I’m alright or if I’ve gotten into a fight. Up until my teenage years neither my family nor I knew what it was, and doctors were absolutely no help. If it didn’t hurt, they couldn’t do anything, and many of them were hesitant to touch my face at a young age. The older I got and the more it grew, the idea of plastic surgery to “fix my face” and “make my face normal” crossed my mind so many times.

Although now I know that plastic surgery couldn’t have fixed it (instead, another surgery was implemented and the prob is a-okay as best as possible) it’s still a lingering thought in my head. I’ve never considered it “wrong” or said I’d never do it. Not because “never” is a such an absolute word choice, it’s that someday when I am older, for whatever reason, I might want that option and getting it wouldn’t be “out of character” for me.

Obviously other people haven’t grown up the way I have, and I’m relatively sure if I asked my friends (which I am the next time we see each other because this got my wheels turning) about whether they would actually do it, I’d get a resounding “no.”

However, I’m curious: what are your thoughts on plastic surgery?

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  • I have nothing against it at all and I completely understand when someone wants to do it because they have a good reason for it. The problem I have with it is too many go too far with it and ended up not looking even remotely close to who they are. It’s additive and too many have succumbed to it with disastrous results. 🙁

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Sam

      Yeah, an addiction to it is obviously a problem, and I wouldn’t encourage that at all.

  • It’s not for me only because surgery is scary to me, haha! But I certainly think if someone wants to take advantage of the technology/medical skill available there’s no harm in that. Particularly because you want it for you, not to conform to something you think someone else wants.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Sam

      I agree, I think having a good reason behind doing it is really important because it is your face, and something you’d have to live with.

  • I think it’s up to people to decide for themselves whether they want to do it or not. What’s the problem behind doing plastic surgery is more the question of why one want to do it in the first place? Completely understandable if one does it for medical reasons etc, but when people are buying themselves a new face to become pretty (that’s what it comes down to more or less), it’s questionable to ask why they’re not pretty as they are? There is an enormous societal problem with ideals, media and the obession with celbrities as it excludes so many different types of beauty, or all the beauty that is. Doing a plastic surgery, that’s not medical, comes from a place where one is not enough. And why do one have to spend thousands of dollars on something because someone/society have given them the view that their nose is too big or their eyes too baggy?

    At the same time though, why should we judge someone’s wish to do something? It has nothing to do with anyone except that person. But it’s somewhat sad/annoying that the feeling of needing to change one’s appearance, to look better, exists in the first place! Xx

    http://www.thefashionfolks.com

    • Sam

      It is disappointing to see that so many feel the need to change their appearance because of our society and such, but I also think that it’s not something that can be changed. It’s partly society / media, and partly human nature, in my opinion. Self-esteem also plays a huge part in it, because it’s a complicated and fickle thing that’s hard to understand when it’s not ours.

      But yes, I completely agree. We shouldn’t judge other people (especially when we seldom know the reason behind it) but it’s still disheartening to see that it affects so many people.

  • This was so interesting to hear your view on this! I agree with most of what you said; it’s just up to the person to decide really 🙂

    My Little Online Space

    • Sam

      Thanks Evie!

  • It is a very personal decision but it can be a slippery slope. It’s important to still feel like yourself without sacrificing everything in the process.

    ISA Professional

    • Sam

      That’s a very good point! When it becomes an addiction, or when it’s a complete overhaul, I would feel like it’s too much.

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    My opinion on plastic surgeries is, that people need to get out of other people’s business, lol. If someone wants to go for it, then who cares? I don’t understand any kind of social controversy or stigma around the topic, people are free to do what they like with themselves and I don’t see how it’s anyone else’s place to judge. Plastic surgery isn’t something I’d personally consider, but I’m glad that there are options available who those who want it! <3 x Even if someone goes 'too far' with it then… Whatever… If it makes them feel more comfortable in their own skin, then why the hell not? I just don't get people sometimes, lol. Thanks for sharing this interesting post! <3 x x

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com

    • Sam

      Haha yes, when I see so many posts or people butting into other situations about it I really don’t get it (especially as this is something that practically in all aspects has nothing to do with anyone else). It was really good to hear your thoughts, Kay!

  • My general thought in life is that if it doesn’t negatively affect other people, then it shouldn’t be anyone’s business, haha. If plastic surgery is something that would make a person happy and more confident, then that’s really their business and they have a right to chase after their own happiness 🙂

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

    • Sam

      I agree! Thanks for the input, Stephanie 🙂

  • I don’t see anything wrong wth plastic surgery. if it makes someone happy and improves their self confidence why not i say! Great post!

    Darriyan xo

    http://www.darriyancateland.blogspot.com

    • Sam

      Thanks Darriyan 🙂

  • Nice article! I really don´t mind if someone undergoes it or nope. Mostly, if it´s for their own sake like they´re not satisfied with something or they were bullied for something and they just want to correct it. But when it´s too much and someone´s obsessed with it, I think there´s a problem then 🙂

    ♡ * Le blog de la Licorne * ♡

    • Sam

      Agreed. Addiction is a serious problem, but as far as getting something fixed that someone wanted to have fixed, I don’t see the problem. Thanks for adding your input, Gabrielle!

  • I feel like plastic surgery isn’t necessarily a bad thing. We see it as bad because it’s not natural and we are trying to change something that shouldn’t be changed. To me, it really depends on the reasoning behind why someone is doing it. If it were to fix a part of their body that bothered them immensely and affected their emotional health, I think that it is not wrong to do something. But it shouldn’t be for anyone else but themselves. Not for a guy or to fit social standards or other stuff.

    ~Andrea Tiffany~
    aglimpseofglam.blogspot.com

    • Sam

      The reasoning is definitely an important part, and I like the example you said about affecting their emotional health. I was thinking that while reading some of the responses, but I wasn’t sure how to put it into words!

  • I definitely don’t have any problem with plastic surgery. In fact under the right circumstances I think it can be a really positive thing for some people. If there is something about somebody that has negatively impacted how they feel about themselves for their entire life and they have the ability to change it then I think it can be a wonderful thing to do! I am not ready to have any surgeries yet myself but am definitely considering one or two as I continue to age. I think the most important thing to do when considering such a big surgery and change is to analyze both sides of the situation and really sit with it for a while. If the good outweighs the bad and it’s something you keep coming back to then by all means look into it!

    • Sam

      Thanks for your thoughts, Kasie I completely agree! I also think researching the actual surgery itself and knowing what happens in recovery (the pain, checkups, etc.) is important.

  • First I want to say I think you are absolutely beautiful!! I haven’t met you in person but from your pictures I’ll say you look gorgeous.
    I have considered laser treatment to remove some marks on my legs. Though, i don’t have a strong issue with them, some people do manage to make me self contious about them sometimes by staring excessively. With time i’ve learned not to care so much.
    I don’t mind plastic surgery if done for the right reasons. I think it can really help boost ones confidence and self esteem. I feel like there is no standart when it comes to the way we look.. so I tend to be opposed to it when I see people wanting to do it to look like this or that other person, they see as a representation of beauty… or because they are being influenced by people around them. In those cases what’s really needed is self love, not surgery.
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss

    • Sam

      Yes! Standards of beauty of subjective, and I think to do it for the sake of looking like someone else isn’t very healthy, even though it’s completely up to them.

      And thank you so much for your compliment, Sauniya! 🙂