Poll: Would You Consider Cosmetic Surgery?

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4/26/2013 12:00 PM   :  792 comments   :  31,733 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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  • 742
    I would become as educated as possible before making the decision. Ask these questions and find the REAL answers.

    1) If you do lose the weight naturally by diet and exercise, will the deflated fat cells sit dormant waiting to balloon back to life when the opportunity arises?

    2) If you have the procedure performed and it removes/destroys those cells, will they be naturally replaced by your body in that area if you do start to gain again?

    3) Since you say that your pouch has been there since college, will your belly truly go flat if the procedure were to be performed?

    With these questions, you try to get to the real issue that you want to know! Will it work? How long will it produce results? Will you be setting yourself up to be disappointed and devastated at having spent the money and only being slapped with an unforeseen result!

    If you have the money and you can attain real, long term results and if you believe that if you don't have it done, you will never be able to happy with yourself as you are, just knowing that you are entertaining the thought says that you should pursue what helps you find the peace you are searching for!

    You are the only one that can live in your skin! To spin a phrase! - 5/16/2013   7:55:04 AM
  • 741
    No, I wouldn't! But I admit I long for the days - and body - of my youth! :) - 5/15/2013   10:55:41 AM
  • 740
    After my ACL repair at 19 (I too, was a volleyball player in college) I have some spider veins on my legs. I would happily get rid of those. It is a big cluster where the surgery scar is, and is from the surgery. Ugh. Hate that.

    Also, after nursing a child and losing weight, I would possibly consider a breast lift. Really would depend what I think about it later. - 5/14/2013   11:11:48 AM
  • 739
    I wouldn't consider liposuction but I am sorely tempted to see what a plastic surgeon could do about the turkey wattle that was left when my double chin disappeared. It is pretty gross and there's no way to hide it. - 5/13/2013   5:47:48 PM
  • 738
    I have a cousin who did have this kind of surgery, and the results were pretty amazing. She had her stomach, back, inner thighs, and arms done--it was amazing to behold. If I had the money, I would consider a non-invasive procedure. - 5/8/2013   7:31:28 PM
  • 737
    If I could afford it, definitely. - 5/7/2013   7:54:06 PM
  • CIRANDELLA
    736
    Nope. Poor surgical risk...plus, I'm chicken! ;) - 5/4/2013   8:56:03 PM
  • 735
    If I could afford it, I would do ANYTHING to get rid of loose skin! - 5/2/2013   2:26:16 AM
  • 734
    I have done something similar that reduced the fat, but not skin and it worked 100%. I lost about 3% body fat with 3 treatments but it didn't help my skin. This however says too so I may try it. - 5/1/2013   2:32:42 PM
  • GREENGOBBLIN
    733
    My dad's been suggesting and offering to pay for me to undergo surgery since I turned 18 (I will be 25 in July). He reckons I could fix my nose and my eyes. Strangely enough, those features were inherited from him (thanks dad). It's become a battle of wills, patience and persistence; every few months he rings me, asks how I am, and drops hints to get fixed, every few months I ring, ask how he is, and politely point out I'm not broken.

    Just to be clear, it's not as if I am disfiguringly ugly (so I hope). I've battled body image issues for years, and have found peace with my "imperfections". In fact, I now see my body as a book, chronicling all the choices I have made in life. As long as my body is healthy and functioning, I will not let a scalpel anywhere near me, so help me God. - 5/1/2013   12:33:17 PM
  • 732
    the dangers scare me too much to consider surgery.
    - 5/1/2013   12:22:15 AM
  • 731
    I've thought about the LifeStyle lift on face, but don't know if I would actually go thru with it. Would love to have the saggy neckline fixed and have the eye lids lifted as well. Have to admit that I am a little worried about the loose skin on tummy after I get this weight off. - 4/30/2013   5:27:58 PM
  • 730
    I would like to have it done so I can remove the excess skin after having lost 168 pounds, the healthy way.. Daily exercise and eating healthy can't take care of that extra skin that is hanging around. That is the only reason I would ever consider cosmetic surgery. Most likely I will never do it though because of how expensive it is. - 4/30/2013   1:24:00 PM
  • 729
    I never thought I would, but after losing 115 pounds and having the extra skin hanging on my thighs I would like to have them done. I wouldn't mind a little extra medical help. I do exercise daily and I am proud of my body and myself for how long I have come, but I would love to be firmer!! - 4/30/2013   1:22:19 PM
  • CHICA_BORICUA
    728
    YES, I did once and will do it again. - 4/30/2013   10:14:02 AM
  • 727
    To have cosmetic surgery simply for vanity seems to be taking unnecessary chances. There are risks to any surgery. Having said that, I think I might consider having excess skin removed after losing a great deal of weight ( I think all the extra skin might cause balance problems). And of course in case of an accident or birth defect or any medical issues I would certainly consider it! - 4/30/2013   9:18:20 AM
  • 726
    I guess it would depend on how I felt abut my body and image...but more likely than not.....:no I wouldn't do it... - 4/29/2013   6:10:02 PM
  • DELLMEL
    725
    NO. The Lord made me this way and I love it. Stay the way you are. You was created that way so stay that way. BEAUTIFUL. - 4/29/2013   1:51:37 PM
  • BAMAJAM
    724
    No-- Never--- I am afraid to have my ears pierced! - 4/29/2013   11:42:48 AM
  • ROBBIEY
    723
    Yes, if it made me feel good about myself. I don't see myself doing it though. I don't want to have surgery unless it is for a medical condition that I have no other options. - 4/29/2013   10:47:09 AM
  • 722
    I would definitely love cosmetic surgery if I could only afford it. Since it is impossible for me, I don't dwell on wanting it. - 4/29/2013   6:44:30 AM
  • 160HEREICOME2
    721
    I would consider it because of being so big for so long I will have lose hanging gross skin and who can feel good about that even if you lose the fat? I would do it if I could! - 4/28/2013   8:58:45 PM
  • 720
    First of all, I am 72 1/2 yrs. oldand NO. I have lost a total of 24 in. since last April 3, 2012 and dieting, exercise & walking will do the trick for me. - 4/28/2013   4:26:24 PM
  • BLUENOSE63
    719
    Yes as have been an athlete all my life and I would love to get rid of my pooch as I have done tons of exercise but that is the last thing left....I run half marathons, I do Ironman Halfs, I open water swim.....I eat right, don't drink and don't smoke....so yes I would do something to get rid of the pooch I have. - 4/28/2013   3:40:42 PM
  • 718
    I had a breast reduction. It was one of the best decisions I ever made. - 4/28/2013   3:28:18 PM
  • SBNESS
    717
    I would love a breast reduction. Other than that i wouldnt consider anything that i had to go under anesthsia for. But if you dont have to go under and you can afford it, i say go for it! - 4/27/2013   9:15:56 PM
  • BHEALTHY4ME1
    716
    I lost over 100 lbs. and was left with saggy skin, even though I did it slow & with exercise. I had many areas "fixed" & am pleased with the outcome. Yes, there are scars, but they look better than the excess skin. - 4/27/2013   7:48:45 PM
  • 715
    Yes! Bring it on! I want a facelift, and my husband said, lose weight then lift. I was halfway to my goal when he talked me out of it. After that, I lost my motivation. I am gradually getting my mojo back, but I put the facelift back on the goal line. I hated my extra skin under my chin, hanging down my neck like a turkey wattle. Wearing makeup shows up each wrinkle around my eyes and mouth. When I re-gained ten pounds during the holidays , I actually liked my face better, as the fat had filled out my face and reduced the wrinkles and wattle. I could use a full body lift, but so far, I can easily live with the poochy tummy, bag of marbles hanging from my upper arms, and flour bags hanging from my inner thighs. Obesity has made an ugly mess of my beautiful body. I did it to myself, so if necessary I will surgically correct any aspects that I can't be happy with. I am going for health and beauty , and my body needs serious attention on the inside. My muscles need correction via exercise first. That is my opinion for me. I am finally learning through sparkpeople to trust my opinion for me, and search for answers when lost. I had no idea how important the facelift was to me, until I was talked out of it, and suffered the fallout. Only now, am I able to see that my commitment to fat loss was just to lose weight, and not to gain health. I assumed health was a byproduct of fat loss. Now, I believe fat loss is a byproduct of healthy eating and exercise. This change in mentality will achieve my goal for fat loss, and my facelift will be even sweeter, as I am developing healthy habits for now and into the future. Tough lesson to learn, but glad I finally learned it.

    - 4/27/2013   7:48:40 PM
  • 714
    in a heartbeat if i had the $$ - 4/27/2013   4:02:02 PM
  • JSIEVERT
    713
    I would definitely consider several procedures, but cost and recovery time are the main prohibiting factors. - 4/27/2013   3:49:20 PM
  • 712
    In cases of dire emergency/accident, perhaps--plastic surgery, not cosmetic surgery. I've got circulatory issues, it's very dicey ... - 4/27/2013   1:55:50 PM
  • 711
    I would to get rid of excess skin and turkey neck, but don't have the money for anything like it. Don't have the money for a co-pay if insurance would cover anything, either. - 4/27/2013   11:58:42 AM
  • 710
    I have a lot of excess skin that I call "twin skin" leftover from delivering two very large and healthy twins (8lb 4oz and 7lb 4oz). In the past year, I've been able to lose all of the weight, but the skin is still there - and very droopy :(
    Because of this, I am definitely considering some sort of procedure to deal with the extra skin. - 4/27/2013   9:27:06 AM
  • 709
    Admittedly--I have thought about it but it isn't for me. No major body issue although I do dislike my triple chin--not weight related, just extra skin. But no--too $$ and too many possibilities for problems. - 4/27/2013   9:17:59 AM
  • 708
    I've considered it, but I doubt I would ever do it. I remember being shocked when this skinny little lady (my age) told me that she planned a tummy tuck as soon as she retired!!! - 4/27/2013   8:37:37 AM
  • 707
    I would consider a procedure that didn't require general anasthesia but not one that did. I just read about cool sculpting and I am seriously considering it. - 4/27/2013   6:58:01 AM
  • 706
    Yep. I have always had bags beneath my eyes and loose skin above them. At some point I'll qualify for it to improve my range of vision. The question is - how hard would I have to fight family resistance? And would I win?

    I'm not there yet but I'm seriously thinking about it. - 4/27/2013   6:36:28 AM
  • JOYCHAIRDANCER
    705
    No, nay, never. - 4/27/2013   5:25:32 AM
  • 704
    Nope, no, & never. - 4/27/2013   4:03:34 AM
  • 703
    I would need to know a lot, lot more. The first question that comes to mind, is 'How large is a 'treatment area'? - 4/27/2013   12:54:03 AM
  • KHALIA2
    702
    NO! - 4/27/2013   12:21:34 AM
  • 701
    NOPE! - 4/26/2013   11:56:59 PM
  • ETHELMERZ
    700
    Not getting a job as a tv news anchor, so won't be getting this stuff done. These cosmetic "fix er up" companies are a dime a dozen now, why is our culture so afraid of showing what they really look like? Fake bodies, fake personalities, shallowness, etc. - 4/26/2013   11:32:59 PM
  • MAYFLOWER15
    699
    Would love to get my loose skin minimized under my chin...but could not afford surgery unless I win in the lottery. So in the meantime, I shall keep working with my Spark friends. kb PS: This is my first attempt answering publicly. Nice
    meeting you. - 4/26/2013   10:58:20 PM
  • 698
    Liposuction only works on "loose" fat, not the 'hard' fat that's around your intestines that you've probably been carrying around for awhile. For hard fat, you'd need the surgeons knife and I just can't deal with the horrible scar it would leave. My belly might not be flat, but my skin is smooth and soft. Not dimpled, or pinched and buckled with a nasty big red scar. Look at the before and after on a Plastic Surgeons website and see the scars people end up with. Wicked! - 4/26/2013   10:31:36 PM
  • 697
    I agree a recycled blog indeed! Please reset the sparkpoints so I can reclaim them!
    I don't remember my original comment, however, after losing 150 lbs and keeping it off for more than 3 years I decided to get rid of some of my excess skin with a circumferential abdominoplasty and an inner thigh lift. I had it done March 18 2013 and am very pleased with the results. Thank goodness my mother left me some money back in 2001 because my insurance sure wasn't going to pick up the tab. It was worth every cent! - 4/26/2013   6:56:51 PM
  • 696
    I most definitely would!!!! My belly needs to go!!! - 4/26/2013   6:15:58 PM
  • 695
    I am losing so slow loose skin does not seem to be a problem.. I hate surgery and lyposuction sounds painful so no from me I will accept my imperfections.. and I fell comfortable in a one piece bathing suit the kind used for swim marathons... and I swim several days a week..My knee surgery hardly left a scar but the anesthetic knocked around my teeth badly. the breast surgery for cancer lumpectomy they actually did a good job and it is kind of like a slight breast reduction.... maybe I should get the other one done now to match. - 4/26/2013   5:55:44 PM
  • 694
    there are always issues when you go under for a cosmetic procedure. why do yo want to stress your body and go through pain just so you may look better, not for me. Me and my daughter both have pacemakers ,yes they are life saving devices. but they switched her wires causing a extra surgery . and when implanting mine they tried to place it on the left side like most people then changed to the right side. now I have two sets of scars. Since mine was placed on my dominate side i have pain every day in the area.i would not trust anybody again with my body.,or my daughters. - 4/26/2013   5:45:39 PM
  • 693
    The only things I would ever, ever consider doing are fixing my breasts and getting my deviated septum corrected. - 4/26/2013   5:45:34 PM

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