Poll: Would You Consider Cosmetic Surgery?

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4/26/2013 12:00 PM   :  815 comments   :  34,911 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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  • 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
  • MARYGWELLER
    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
  • IUSASSYRN
    805
    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
    794
    Yes. But not to add to anything as much as to lift certain areas. - 11/3/2014   10:16:17 PM
  • IAMDONNAJEAN
    793
    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
    Yes.
    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
  • 790
    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
  • 788
    Yes I would and I currently am. I have a pendulous stomach from surgery years ago. I would LOVE to get rid of it and am currently working on losing enough weight so that I can. - 3/22/2014   8:37:44 PM
  • 787
    I would never consier it. I have fitness competitors who gracefully and proudly show off their hard work despite their imperfections. When you hold you head up high (NOT snobby) proud or yourself and what you have accomplsihed comming so far is very classy! - 3/22/2014   3:34:00 PM
  • 786
    I would consider the non-invasive cold laser fat removal treatments if I could afford them for the trouble spots that have always been there (from 110 in HS to 225 when they did the C-section). If the scarring from the stretch marks could be minimized I would definitely consider that as well - I can't even consider a bathing suit that doesn't have a skirt/shorts type bottom since the stretch marks go several inches down both thighs. I wouldn't mind a breast lift/reduction either - tired of all the back pain! - 3/22/2014   2:36:53 PM
  • 785
    I think I'd only have cosmetic surgery to fix bad scars if I ever had any (I don't currently). But I don't have sagging skin or anything like that. - 3/22/2014   9:50:23 AM
  • 784
    I wouldn't do most plastic surgeries. However, I've worked hard to lose over 50 pounds and I'm still losing. If I could afford it then, yes, I would have the excess skin removed. - 3/22/2014   9:15:32 AM
  • 783
    It is something I have been put some thought into. I still have about 80 more pounds to go till I reach my goal weight. At this point I have decided to talk to the doctor when I reach my goal and if there is a medical need for any surgery I will consider it and if there is no medical reason for it I will not undergo it. Yes it would be awesome to not have any loose skin after losing the weight but surgery is risky and I have decided not to take that risk for cosmetic reasons. At the same time I can fully understand the reasons behind those that do get the surgery. - 3/15/2014   12:40:01 AM
  • CHARLEYSILVER
    782
    I studied abroad in South Korea this past semester, and literally around every corner there would be another ad for cosmetic surgery. It is so common place there that people receive it for their high school graduations. Being in that environment I thought about cosmetic surgery a lot. Honestly, if I had the money, I would definitely consider getting it, although not to drastically change any part of my looks, just to fix my saggy stomach lol.. But I'm afraid once you start, sometimes you can't stop! - 1/11/2014   1:10:23 PM
  • 781
    Once I reach my target weight, if I have saggy skin I absolutely will get the excess removed. I am not working this hard to look good, only to look awful anyway. - 1/11/2014   8:50:14 AM
  • 780
    I don't like the idea of someone cutting into me and fiddling around. Everything works right now, it's just not as firm as I'd like it to be. I'm scared about getting work done and then developing an infection or a complication that could ruin my life. It's not worth it just to look a little better sooner. - 11/21/2013   3:54:04 AM
  • MAGGIE567
    779
    I am a big coward! Like the idea of losing fat deposits in my lower abdomen but don't have the money and at my age - don't want to risk complications. - 11/3/2013   11:52:09 AM
  • 778
    just had brachioplasty - after losing 120 pounds, I had wings and not in a good way! I still have about 20 pounds to lose in my abdomen and am looking forward to a tummy tuck to take care of my apron of loose skin there, this time next year. - 11/3/2013   6:49:40 AM
  • FIREFLY212
    777
    Absolutely. After only 40 lbs of weight loss, I'm already getting saggy skin. I can't imagine what my skin will look like after another 100 lbs. I'd also like a breast lift. I'm large breasted; gravity and 2 years of breast feeding have taken their toll. - 8/20/2013   10:13:22 AM
  • 776
    Yes, yes, and Yes!!!! - 8/20/2013   9:16:23 AM
  • 775
    Maybe for excess hanging skin folds, but no just for cosmetic reasons. - 6/10/2013   6:14:42 PM
  • 774
    Think about it no further. They have laserlypolysis here in the UK. Some have likened it to the following - take a laser pointing/penlight device, wave it over your trouble spots...done! That is the equivalent of wavelength and strength you can expect. The 'laser' can't be turned up too high for fear of skin burns or organ damage and supposedly it only works if you follow a healthy diet and exercise regime. - 5/30/2013   5:47:20 PM
  • 773
    No, I worked hard for every wrinkle and bump.
    And in women my age, the results are almost scary. - 5/29/2013   9:54:07 PM
  • 772
    YES, YES, YES. I'd go have a Facelift tomorrow if I had the money, since I'm 63 and hate my sagging face. - 5/25/2013   8:07:35 AM
  • 771
    Yes I would definitely have a tummy tuck. After 4 kids and a 200 lb weight loss my belly skin rubs and make sores. It's very painful and if I had the money I would certainly get rid of it just for health, hygiene and comfort reasons. - 5/24/2013   8:42:13 AM
  • 770
    A lot of people say "if I had the money". But I'm not sure. A friend of mine didn't have the money but she save for 1.5 years and got the procedure done. She is happy with the results. It's the same as weight loss if you want it bad enough you'll do it. As for myself; I have the money. And after 3 kids, a C-section and too many stretch marks to count I will not get it done. Yes, I have a pooch and saggy skin but I love myself and my husband loves ME. I'm not defined by my imperfections but defined by who I am on the inside. - 5/23/2013   11:32:24 AM
  • 769
    Let's assume that I've put in the work and lost weight to get myself into a healthy range. If it were still an issue, I'd totally do a breast reduction. - 5/22/2013   11:09:35 PM
  • 768
    If I had the money, I definitely would do it. I have lost 163 lbs, and I have the skin to prove it! I could probably take off and fly with the skin under my arms, and I have the worst case of scrotum thighs you've ever seen. I need a LBL, but can't afford it. - 5/22/2013   9:54:53 PM
  • DLOSTEN
    767
    If I suddenly had the money handed to me I would definately have it done. I have lost almost 100 lbs and would love to have the excess skin gone and the problem spots lipo'd - 5/22/2013   8:50:15 PM
  • 766
    There are a lot of procedures labeled "cosmetic," and they often get a bad name because of the fake, Hollywood look we often see in magazines. I had a breast reduction 13 years ago (I was 20), and it is the best thing I have ever done for myself physically and emotionally. Some things, like that, can't be changed with lifestyle, and I think surgery, even invasive like mine was, shouldn't be seen as a cop out. We get LASIK so we don't have to wear contacts; why is lipo so we don't have to wear spanx that much different? I do fear people hearing the ads for aqua lipo and such and seeing it as a way to get thin with no work, but that's always been an issue. - 5/22/2013   7:16:26 PM

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