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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Would You Get Plastic Surgery?

View of a clear plastic tube and a gloved hand in an operating room

Would you get plastic surgery to advance your career?  That’s the question today on Working Mommy Wednesday.

This is an easy answer for me.

“No.”

Now, before you conclude that I’m a spiritual giant who is only interested in inner beauty (and believes plastic surgery is only for the vain and shallow people among us) think again.

My objection to plastic surgery has more to do with my aversion most types of medical procedures.  I can’t stand the sight of blood.  I don’t tolerate pain very well.  And most medication makes me ill.

The last time I stayed overnight in a hospital I tried to sneak out early.  The only problem?  I had a newborn with me, and it was pretty hard to keep her quiet.  So the nurses almost called security….

Sure, there are other reasons to avoid plastic surgery – like the time and money that could be better spent elsewhere (like on starving children across the world!) – but I really try not to judge other people who sign up for tummy tucks and liposuction.  After all, if I made a living on stage or in front of a camera I might feel differently. 

As much as I tell my daughters “God only cares about what you look like on the inside” the fact of the matter is we live in a society that is driven by appearances.  While our security and identity shouldn't rest on how we look, ever the research shows that appearances can affect the way people treat us (and even our ability to earn a living). 

If plastic surgery was cheap, fast, and easy I just might do it.  After all, I dye my hair on a regular basis and I’m not opposed to wrinkle cream.

What’s the difference?

9 comments:

Gina said...

Great post. I completely agree. And good question at the end. It got me thinking...

Amy Sullivan said...

Susan,
So no, I wouldn't get plastic surgery, but much like you, but it isn't because I'm some kind of "spiritual giant". I wouldn't do it because #1 I'm not a fan of pain, at all. #2 I like me. Ok, my nose is kind of weird, I miss my prebaby C-cup boobs, I hate the veins in my legs, and I've always struggled with dark circles, but I'm me...and on most days, I'm fine with it.

Heidiopia said...

I'm just a minimalist when it comes to medical procedures-- if I don't need it, I don't have it done! I don't judge others that opt for plastic surgery, I know it's just not for me. Dying hair and face creams? Rock on! I draw the line at needles to improve upon my looks. :)

Laura said...

I'm like Heidi -- a minimalist when it comes to medical procedures. You know what the doctors are doing, right? Practicing!

Just kidding -- I do trust my doctor. But I'm just not interested in undergoing all of that for a fix that would be somewhat temporary. Now, if it were fast, cheap, and easy... :0)

Rachel M. said...

You tried to ESCAPE THE HOSPITAL WITH A NEWBORN???? That's funny! I couldn't walk until the 3rd day!

Julia said...

i wouldn't do it either. i think there are better things to spend my time and money on!!

tracylynne said...

thanks for leaving me a comment by the way I am looking forward to reading your book soon

Graceful said...

I'm with you -- I'm terrifed of the knife, which is why I wouldn't consider plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons. But that doesn't mean I don't have body complex issues -- like grappling with grey hair (to dye or not to dye?) and the "laugh lines" around my eyes.

Babetta said...

I guess I'm the oddball of the bunch. I have totally considered plastic surgery lately. Post-baby boobs, thighs and tummy make the top three on the list.

Ultimately, I will probably decide to exercise and get a miracle bra instead, but don't hold me to it!