Poll: Would You Consider Cosmetic Surgery?


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4/26/2013 12:00 PM   :  838 comments   :  41,972 Views

A couple weeks back I saw a commercial from a local cosmetic surgery company that caught my attention and surprisingly I am still thinking about it. It was not a new company being advertised but the commercial content was new information and the approach must have contained the right sixty seconds of information.

After hearing the advertisement for a non-surgical procedure that could help me "lose weight from those problem areas for good," I went to check out the company website to learn more.

I have never given serious thought to cosmetic surgery. For people that have lost a great deal of weight leaving excess skin, it makes sense. Since I do not fit into that category, I have never really given it much thought and certainly not as a weight loss method. I have my problem areas like most people. At my thinnest and most fit as a college volleyball player, I had a small lower abdominal "pooch." After having children, it remains my biggest problem area. Additionally, I have a body type where I gain weight first in the mid-section and lose it last from that region. I have really been working on my core this year and have lost a few inches, which is rewarding. However, my six-pack remains hidden in a soft-sided cooler and probably always will.

As a dietitian and an athlete, I have always believed that a healthy diet balanced with an active lifestyle is the best way to manage my weight (although I did battle with disordered eating during my college years). As I have shared before, developing thyroid disease brought the reality to my life that sometimes you can't control your weight using those methods the way you want to. I will also honestly admit that over the years I have thought that liposuction would probably be the only way I would ever see changes in my problem areas. Since that would require surgery with general anesthesia, it isn't something I would most likely ever do. After learning about a new FDA approved anesthesia free, non-invasive procedure called laserlipolysis that is "especially useful for treating areas with localized fat deposits by reducing fat cells" for only a few thousand dollars, I cannot get the question out of my mind. Would I ever consider this type of cosmetic surgery? I am not sure what the answer is for me yet but I would love to hear how many of you feel on the subject.

POLL: Would you ever consider cosmetic surgery? Why or why not?

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  • 838
    Yes. And, speaking from successful experience, many U.S. women need to research safe and competent doctors outside the USA - NOT the quacks! There are certain countries where the doctors are known for excellent surgical care, at a fraction of the cost in the U.S. But this MUST be researched extremely carefully. Also, do exchange info with women who have had successful procedures in other countries. If a procedure were not safe, or were too cheap, I would NOT do it. Bad operations also are done inside the USA. - 8/29/2016   5:04:57 PM
  • 837
    10 years ago? Nope. But now, as skin is beginning to sag (weight loss), breasts not "perky" or even pointing upward... YES.
    Yes. I have the right to feel good about my appearance. I have the right to give my girls a well-deserved lift... my tummy a tuck... to lose excess skin.
    Yes. - 6/12/2016   2:32:03 PM
  • 836
    No, it's messing with a God Given image of yourself. That's only my opinion. - 6/12/2016   8:02:30 AM
  • 835
    Totally. It's my body, I can do what I want with it. There are certain things I would never change because they define me (like my nose, which is the same as my father's and his mother) but there are other things I would consider if I had the money and/or they'd come up with a procedure for it yet (I'd really love to be a couple inches taller :). ) - 5/19/2016   9:10:42 PM
  • 834
    Yes. I think it's good for our mental health, to change that which makes us feel bad. although, many times, talking with imaging professionals, can help us out party and find our strengths, without surgery.
    In case of illness or an accident, we are in our right to regain our image, as intact as possible.
    Finally, if you're careful diet and exercise, it is logical that once you get to your weight, the excess skin must be fixed .. - 5/6/2016   6:27:37 AM
  • 833
    I will need it when I get off the excess fat, I will have a lot of excess skin in the mid section, thighs and upper arms. But like most cost will be the issue, not afraid of being cut, just don't know I will ever have the money? - 5/6/2016   3:49:54 AM
  • 832
    IF I could afford it, definitely. My difficulty would be ranking it as my top priority. I have lots of places to put my money before a tummy tuck--but would be great to have one. - 5/1/2016   1:09:37 PM
  • 831
    Yes, I absolutely would consider having cosmetic surgery. I see nothing wrong with the choice to have or not to have cosmetic surgery if it makes a person feel better about themselves. - 4/4/2016   12:01:44 AM
  • 830
    I do have excess stomach skin but I think the only way I would do it is if I was having some other surgery. I don't think I would just do that electively. - 3/21/2016   2:47:58 PM
    No, I would never consider it. The most I will do is have the dermatologist remove a small mole on the face, but nothing more. I'm afraid of complications, have become a devout coward after 2 knee replacements, and want no more pain. Besides, I'm so lucky that my husband says he loves me no matter what. He's a jewel, no snarky remarks about my weight. That makes me want to lose weight for myself even more so I'll be healthy enough to stick around for as long as possible. Health trumps vanity. - 2/17/2016   10:41:03 PM
  • 828
    I have a lot of excess skin, especially my "lunch lady" arms. I would love to get that removed and a boob lift but not only is the cost a factor, but I'm a little freaked out about being cut.
    Honestly, if I had the extra cash I would do it! - 2/17/2016   12:46:11 PM
    If I have excess skin then yes I would have surgery. - 2/17/2016   12:36:42 PM
  • 826
    Yes, I would. I'm saving my pennies to get a nip here, tuck there done when I see how much excess skin I wind up with. - 2/17/2016   11:04:46 AM
  • 825
    Since it is a non-invasive procedure, absolutely ... YES! - 2/17/2016   8:49:22 AM
  • 824
    I would do it all. If I could afford it that is - 12/29/2015   6:55:53 PM
  • 823
    i would have my tummy over hang removed nothing else - 11/17/2015   10:23:11 PM
  • 822
    If I had the excess money, I would consider skin removal once I reach my goals. I know I'm going to have excess skin. It's a given, and I've taken steps to minimize that but you can't loose 100 LBS without being loose in places you don't want to be. For me, that's the area under my arms (right there on my sides) and lower tummy. I know it's going to be loose.
    That's not stopping me from trying to finish what I started, mind you... but it's not something I'm looking forward to. I'm taking a year out of my life to get fit and healthy and give myself the body I want; the excess skin is going to be a painful reminder. I would absolutely get it removed; any scar left over would be a small price to pay. - 10/14/2015   1:34:28 PM
  • 821
    Actually ... YES....
    I have told my DH that when I am close to goal.....55 pounds from now I am going to take a nice but firm look at my tummy & will probably get some help to feel more positive about this physical feature. - 8/13/2015   12:05:54 PM
    If I had the money I'd surely have a tummy tuck and while I'm at it, let the surgeons do something about my sagging cheeks. - 8/13/2015   3:07:10 AM
  • 819
    Never say never I guess, but for now I think I will stick with no. - 8/12/2015   1:22:04 PM
  • 818
    Yes definitely... Have it on my wish list... But read you should be within 20 pounds of your goal... True? - 7/13/2015   9:36:00 PM
    I would definitely consider it if after my weight loss I had left over skin. - 5/19/2015   9:20:44 AM
  • 816
    Yes i would in a heart beat and have done so after losing my weight my stomach just didnt look so good to me so my insurance paid for me for a tummy tuck and i just love i!!!! Would do it again. - 5/1/2015   12:19:02 PM
  • 815
    Yes as I am trying to lose over 100 pounds and after losing 35 I already see that I have hanging skin to deal with. It would be nice if there was a way to shrink the skin as you loss weight but so far I haven't found it. I am like DLOSTEN, it would be nice to have the money given to me so I could get it done. - 4/20/2015   11:03:32 PM
  • 814
    I am a retired nurse. I once had a patient who was probably the most beautiful woman I had ever met. She had an absolute perfect body. She was a tall natural blond. The only problem is that she was in a long term coma. She had multiple plastic surgeries and the last one was a liposuction. She had a fatty embolism to her brain during the procedure. We are what we are. Learn to live with it. Everyone has something beautiful about them. - 2/18/2015   6:52:59 PM
  • 813
    Yes, I can see areas I where I would like to see improvements, or restoration. Like an old Victorian house, a nice lift to brighten it right up. - 1/31/2015   12:37:32 PM
  • 812
    Me, too. A big "A" Absolutely. I would consider it to lift the parts of me that's going south, but I wouldn't use it to lose weight, like liposuction. So, I would do a breast or but lift. Of course, someone else would have to pick up the tab. The cost is what really keeps me from doing this. - 1/26/2015   12:57:41 PM
  • 811
    absolutely! after all the effort I'm putting into getting healthy, I won't feel I've reached my goal until I look the part. - 1/22/2015   9:34:28 PM
  • 810
    considering I am very petite build but was rather large during pregnancy, especially the second one.... yes. My son was nearly 10 pound but 30-40 pounds was just water retention and high blood pressure effecting me. I was so tight I looked like I was going to pop, was put on bed rest... 50 pounds fell off the first week or 2, the rest took time... that 30-50 pound was killer.... it stretched me so bad. I don't look bad, but the skin around my stomach is so lose that I can grab it, and when I bend over you can see it. BUT I have found a way to sorta cheat till surgery is an option.... hot baths with sea salts and Epsom salt!! it tightened my hips and stomach better than any exercise, better than dry brushing etc... it brings circulation into all those areas and when in a bikini you almost cant tell.... guys... try those baths! 3 a weak, very hot for at least 15- 25 minutes with tons of salts. ;) - 1/22/2015   2:34:37 PM
  • 809
    No, never. - 1/22/2015   2:08:10 PM
  • 808
    Yes - 1/22/2015   11:26:43 AM
  • 807
    I broke my nose twice when young, so I had cosmetic surgery to fix that. But for weight loss, no. I think once you're healthy and are doing what you can to keep trim, it's time to forgive your body for any slight imperfections :) - 1/22/2015   5:07:29 AM
  • 806
    Personally I could never afford it. I'm 63 and I have after giving birth to 10.5 lbs and 8.2 lbs. gaining and losing weight has taken it's toll. I have a large flap that unless if became a health problem I don't see it happening here either. - 1/4/2015   10:54:04 PM
    I am not against plastic surgery if my skin doesn't cooperate after reaching my goal. As a 52 year old redhead, it is doubtful. - 1/4/2015   7:45:30 PM
  • 804
    Yes, I have pretty bad diastasis recti. My abdominal muscles are two finger widths apart and I have pretty bad excess skin on my stomach from my four pregnancies. I have always wanted that fixed and nothing but surgery will make it go away. - 1/4/2015   2:50:34 PM
  • 803
    I am 62, and, at my age, I would not do cosmetic surgery. If I was 42, yes I would consider it, especially if it posed a dermatological health risk. - 1/4/2015   11:35:25 AM
  • 802
    No. I've already had 3 tummy surgeries (c sections), that's enough for me. I'll wear my apron rather then risk more surgeries and pain. - 1/4/2015   3:53:47 AM
  • 801
    Definitely. I'm planning a pannulectomy (removal of the "apron") and a breast lift/augmentation after I'm done. I will have lost over 100 pounds and have LOTS of loose skin at my belly and chest that I plan to take care of. Yes, it's vanity but no, I don't think I'll be a super model or a bikini babe after that, I just don't want to carry it around with me, I want my clothing to fit appropriately and I don't want a lot of extra skin and stretch marks. We're fortunate to have the means to schedule surgery so I plan to do it. I think my expectations both physically and emotionally are very realistic. I'm already happy and don't expect my weight loss to change that in any way. - 1/3/2015   12:00:15 AM
  • 800
    Yes I would but I fall into the excess skin after significant weight loss - 12/26/2014   1:11:19 PM
  • 799
    I'm hopping I can tone up the excess skin as I've been on this journey for life and the weigh is slowly coming off. I've lost 95 lbs in 6 years. Starting to see excess stretch marks on lower body.

    I've read about Spark members losing 100 - 150 lbs and they look toned. Like the Doctor in the Spark Coach Diet Program.

    Another point, my priority financially doesn't allow me to consider surgery. - 12/7/2014   12:18:48 PM
  • 798
    I hope that when I am at my goal and I have maintained for 2 years, that I have the money to remove my excess shin from my arms and stomach and to lift my saggy boobs. While I am firming up as I am losing, there is no amount that will suck it all in again. After all the hard work I will have been doing for the next several years to get there, why would I want to be left with skin holding me back that last bit? Ive had several surgeries so Im not afraid, and even though Im allergic to all painkillers I would STILL take all of the pain! That is how sure I am! - 11/8/2014   12:00:53 AM
  • 797
    I wish I could say no but honestly, if I could afford a tummy tuck and a breast lift I would do it, not to mention a lifestyle lift for my face. But, since I am broke and anticipate that I always will be, exercise and good eating habits will have to suffice. - 11/7/2014   7:52:31 PM
  • 796
    When I reach goal, I would like to have my pannus removed. It's not that big, but is does hang down enough to create a fold and living in a tropical climate, rashes are common. - 11/7/2014   5:17:40 PM
  • 795
    Yes. On my hips which are my first on and last off area.. and since having my daughter I would get a major breast reduction. My issue I have is an allergy to anaesthesia so the one I need costs about 10k more than everyone else, on top of any procedure. That being said.. I would need to win the lottery to even consider it because like majority of parents.. the money is better spent on my kids education than on my hips.. - 11/6/2014   8:12:23 PM
  • SUNSHINE4749
    Yes. But not to add to anything as much as to lift certain areas. - 11/3/2014   10:16:17 PM
    In a New York minute if I had the extra money just lying around. - 11/3/2014   4:04:49 PM
  • 792
    Definitely yes. I plan to do the "mommy makeover" when I've established consistency at goal (that includes both my weight AND fitness goals) to remove my "apron" (which I've had for years, regardless of weight loss) and to add life to "the girls". Fortunately, I have the means to do so and I work in a surgical environment, so the risks of anesthesia in my 40's don't concern me. - 10/12/2014   11:03:51 AM
  • 791
    I have very large breasts: 40GG. That is not a typo. Amazingly, I carry them very well. I have no pain, no posture issues. My doctor embarrassed himself once when he realized he was marveling at my carriage. (I wasn't mad. I'm proud of my trunk strength, and of my very nice breasts. They suit me.)
    BUT, they're starting to hang. I'm only 30! So when I get the weight off, just in case they shrink, which I expect they will, I'm planning on having them lifted to a more age-appropriate position. That will also cost them a bit of size, I'm told, but that's okay. I have size to spare. It's a self-confidence issue.
    Also, I have a little nodule of extra skin from where my episiotomy didn't come together properly. I'm told that can be removed for about $600. No one sees it. I don't see it! But it bothers me. - 8/21/2014   3:22:22 PM
    Yes, I have considered brachioplasty (arm lift) for years now.
    Since I was in my teens I have had embarrassingly flabby arms, even when I lost weight the first time, it was there. It brought down my confidence and I haven't worn a tank top or anything less than half-sleeve in close to 6 years because of it.
    It would be nice to be able to wear a sleeveless dress without feeling gross and jiggly. - 3/22/2014   10:33:59 PM
  • 789
    I've hit that age where being healthy is the goal, I have given up on perfection!
    I had to have a knee surgery 3 years ago, the main nerve in my leg was accidentally severed. Now I have pain 24/7. I just can't risk more pain and physical set backs for something if it's optional. Quality of life is what matters most. If I looked great but had complications from surgery and felt bad all the time that would be a bitter pill to swallow. - 3/22/2014   9:45:30 PM

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