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I’d definitely consider them, though I don’t think I’d consider things like Botox/fillers at this particular moment in time. I think whether it’s something for me will just matter where I am and what I’m doing in life. I think it’s important to do it safely and carefully, of course, so that it looks natural.

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Yep, thought about getting breast implants.  Im really bad pear shaped to the point where I cant wear dresses or one piece swimsuits, cause my boobs are one size and my hips are always a size bigger.

I have issues with one pieces because I’m hourglass shaped with big boobs and tiny ribs. I generally wear a size 6-8 (US 2-4) but my bikini top is a size 14 (US 10) and it’s just big enough. And I have to get ties. Clasps are way too big around the back.

I have already considered procedures! And I will do them in the future, but yeah like Christine, I’d of course want it to look natural. I’m not against plastic surgery. 🙂

I don’t think I’d ever consider any cosmetic procedure. With any procedure, there is always a risk of something going wrong. Unless it is medically necessary, I would never put myself at risk. Luckily, I have good genes, and I have always taken preventive measures since I was very young. Besides, I’m not a big fan of pain.

[email protected]! Implants, and any surgical procedure has its risks – often these procedures are more high maintenance than people realise. Having experienced chronic illness for half a decade I know there’s nothing more important than your health! I would never go under the knife, unless it was medically necessary. 

[email protected] Cole I think a lot of people take it for granted that they’ll be ok after cosmetic surgery because it’s so commonplace these days. As a surgical nurse I have seen some horrific results after cosmetic surgery. People who have had to have 2, 3 or more operations to fix things that have gone wrong during the original surgery. I would never do anything or have any surgery unless it was necessary. You might be fine but there is always a chance that you will one of the unlucky ones. Your health is far too important to throw away on looking the way society deems you should.

I have mixed feelings about cosmetic surgery, since I don’t believe in telling any person what to do with their body, but on the other hand, I think there’s a great deal of murky ethical issues tied up in the way surgery is advertised to the public.  Personally, the only procedure I could see myself going for it laser removal for vericose veins.  They majorly squick me out (not to mention that they’re incredibly painful), so I’d be all for getting rid of them.

I’ve already had one… And would look for more if need be. I see it as if the individual has made an informed decision and it makes them happier within themselves why not?

I already have considered them! Not that I can afford them–plus, I’m only 18. I wish I had money so I could get a few choice procedures and finally be happy with my body.

I’ve…sort of had one? I’m trying Botox therapy for migraines, and it’s not quite the same but has had the side effect of mostly freezing my eyebrows, so when I frown nothing moves between my eyebrows. It’s very odd. I don’t think I’d do this as a cosmetic procedure, though, and I’m dubious about trying it again for medical reasons. But I never thought I’d be reading makeup/beauty blogs and obsessing over launches either, so it’s entirely possible in ten years I’ll be signing up for whatever the options are at that point! 🙂

Absolutely not. I prefer to take care of myself now and let nature take its due course in the future. I draw the line at makeup (I don’t even wear false eyelashes, hair extensions, etc).

If I had the money, I’d walk in and get a fair amount done today. My eyebrows droop over my eyelids, so I think that’s a brow lift, or at least some way of taking the fat out of my brow bones. Then I’d get some kind of microdermabrasion. And botox on my upper lip because I sweat an absolutely ridiculous amount on my upper lip. Oh and teeth whitening too, I’d really want veneers, but they are just so unrealistically expensive.
I’m also 100% getting rhinoplasty, just need to finish university first so I can save up.
I grew up, from aged about 11, hating the way I look, and nothing can change those deep-rooted feelings when I look in the mirror, 10 years on. It’s sad, but if the option to improve my self-esteem and my entire life is there, I’m going to take it.

If I could afford it, yes. I would have something done to reduce the bags under my eyes. I’ve always had them, no matter how healthy or well rested I am, there they are. Now that I’m entering middle age, they’re getting even more pronounced. It drives me crazy.

I am having LASIK surgery in 2 weeks, which is considered cosmetic, the reasons being to improve my quality of life and to save money on contacts/glasses in the long run.  As for procedures to enhance my appearance without good medical reason (e.g. reconstructive surgery due to some illness/injury), I doubt I would consider them.  I want to take care of myself and look my best by wearing tasteful makeup, exercising, and eating healthy, but I don’t see myself going beyond that in the name of “beauty,” since there is a lot more to beauty than surface appearance.  I don’t have any problem with those who do elect to have these procedures, it’s just not for me personally.

I’m getting so very close to the big 5-0 and I’m extremely lucky to have really really good skin and most people peg me in my mid to late 30’s.  I’ve watched many friends succumb to the temptation and although I have contemplated it countless times, I just don’t think it’s for me.  I see people coming off fillers (at the end of their duration) and they look more haggard than they did before they started in my opinion.  I almost believe that fillers compound the problem and you just end up chasing the look until you end up looking like a bit of a frozen characterless freak.  People typically do not consider the maintenance with any of cosmetic procedure and the cost and the toll all of these things have on your body.  A really good example is breast implants.  Once you have them, you are on maintenance to have them replaced every 10 to 15 years.  So if you are at the age of 20 getting new boobs..  I guess my thought is, it always ends up looking fake and it could cost you your health in the end so why even go there?
As far as the more extreme procedures involving cutting and messing with my face, I think far too much of what the downside could be and I am thankful for what I have and I look pretty damn good all things considered.  Who knows down the line.  Never say never.  But for the time being, I just say no. 

I was considering breast reduction 🙁 they’re huge. I’m not super skinny, i’m average and 32DDD-G is killing my back. exercise hurts even more.
Maybe in the future get the lines fixed under my eyes. Of course I would consult with several doctors and get different opinions before taking the plunge.

I’m considering getting my eyes done. Never thought I would do it, but at 43 I look permanently tired with puffy undereye circles. So I want to get rid of those bags.
And I actually did go to a surgeon for a consult on a tummy tuck… After he described the procedure and seeing the scars the afters were left with, I decided to change my lifestyle instead. Chicken!

Just in response to the comments that say “I’d want to make it look natural”.  . .what is meant is “What looks natural for someone not my age.”  What IS natural is looking how you are at the age you are.  I of course would make exceptions for people who ruin their bodies with sun damage or obvious needs like breast reduction (something that causes harm or pain), but where does this pursuit to look “natural” stop?  It’s called plastic for a reason, precisely because it’s un-natural.  Let’s not kid ourselves that we should look 25 when we are 30.  Everyone gets old and I know old women with loads of wrinkles and under-eye baggage who are totally beautiful.  I notice their smile, or the sparkle in their eyes.  These are the things that count.

[email protected] I agree with you on the natural issue and its logical fallacy. We shouldn’t kid ourselves that any of this is actually “natural” or what nature intended. However, I don’t think there is anything wrong with doing things in moderation if it helps a person feel better about themselves. It’s another tool in the armor of appearances, much like make-up itself. Technically and theoretically, make-up too is not truly natural. A thousand years ago or even 150, Illamasqua like colours were not the norm.  What *really* is the theoretical difference between yellow nail varnish, teal eyeshadow and bright magenta lips (or even deodorant!) and some fillers?  It’s just a question of degree or extremeness.  That said, imo, Helen Mirren with wrinkles is a thousand times more beautiful than Meg Ryan with her duck lips. 

[email protected]—-everybody has to draw the line somewhere!  I guess I draw the line for “natural” at things that can be easily taken off—but if I wore magenta eyeshadow everyday that would beg the question.  If people get cosmetic procedures to make themselves look younger, that is their business, but yes, the logical fallacy that it looks “natural” should be avoided.  It also breaks my heart to hear people on here say that they want to do X procedure because it will make them feel okay with themselves.  I understand true problems like deviated septums (getting surgery on mine this summer because it causes breathing problems), breast reductions, etc.  But you know if people don’t like their nose’s shape and want the cute Hollywood button nose that everyone has, it may make them feel more confident for a bit, but they will also start to look like everyone else. We think our flaws should be corrected, but often they are the endearing parts that make us stand out from other people.  I just wish more of these ladies could see themselves as beautiful without anything cosmetic (even makeup).

[email protected] You speak with such kindness and compassion. 🙂 And I agree with you in theory that we should see ourselves as beautiful without anything cosmetic, though I draw the line at ruling out make-up. 😉  LOL. I also agree that no cosmetic procedure *or* makeup is going to make someone love themselves if they don’t.  But I think there is a difference between doing something that makes you feel better about yourself *because* it makes you feel pretty or prettier -vs.- because you hate yourself or your image. I dye my hair every few months because I hate my grey hairs and I feel happier/prettier with my usual jet black hair, not because I hate myself. I got laser hair removal for the same reason I love purple as an eyeshadow colour — I feel prettier. Don’t we all want to feel prettier? Isn’t that at the root of feeling more confident in the same way that losing some weight or getting a sexy bra would? Reading the responses here, none of them struck me as being motivated by self-hatred. If they were, I would agree with you whole-heartedly. 🙂 

Hell yes! I had a crevasse between my eye brows that made me look 100 (I’m 45)! So off to the board certified dermatologist for some restylane. The restylane filled the line and it hasn’t returned. I also did botox and I do like the results (lifed eyes), but I don’t like the feeling that I’m wearing a hat that’s too tight which is how botox makes me feel.

I tried juviderm under my eyes for the eye hollows, but it didn’t hold – sort of ‘washed ‘ away under my skin and was a waste of money. I’ve also tried restylane under my eyes, but it’s not very pliable (looked lumpy) and didn’t really help the situation. So now, I’m not doing anything, but would if that line between my eyebrows comes back or they create a better fill for under my eyes

I also would only have injections done at a dermatologist office and not some general practitioner that took a few classes to get a license for injectables.


I don’t consider this cosmetic… But this last december I’ve got a nose job because of a horrible deviated septum, they did minor “esthetic” fixes to my nose, other than that, I have never used botox or something like that, I’m 22 I don’t need it even when I get older, I don’t think I will use these procedures

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