Poll: Would You Consider Cosmetic Surgery?


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4/26/2013 12:00 PM   :  835 comments   :  41,153 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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  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
  • 765
    I just had cool sculpting done on my abs because I just can't lose the inches. So far I am slowly losing. It takes up to 4 months to lose the fat that is treated. And after almost 2 I am losing the fat. The procedure is not comfortable and you do go through a different type of recovery. But it IS NONINVASIVE with a minimum of side effects. Plus the cost comparably is fantastic! Consider it! I do believe it was worth it for me. - 5/22/2013   6:00:06 PM
  • 764
    If it were to remove excess skin then yes...but otherwise...like implants or gettting rid of wrinkles or things like that no because I believe God made us the way we are and I don't think its right to change it that way... - 5/22/2013   5:46:44 PM
  • 763
    I definitely would consider getting rid of excess skin and fat that now hangs...especially if I lost the excess weight first. I lost to 144 from 193 in 1991 and was excercised and toned....but the pouch was still there. I was close my BMI I would have chopped off that pouch myself if I could - 5/22/2013   5:41:20 PM
  • BWALZ56377
    Yes I definately would if it were the noninvasive type. I have lost 20+ pounds in the two years but as others have stated the "baby" fat bulge just doesn't totally disappear and after losing weight and exercising to tone up my body I think I would to feel better about my body image and to go along with how much better I feel since taking better care of myself. - 5/22/2013   5:34:11 PM
    Yup I sure would!! It would be for ME! I've got major stretch marks and loose tummy skin and I hate it. It makes some pants and other clothes not do right or fit right!! And makes a roll that's not really a roll!! - 5/22/2013   5:04:44 PM
  • 760
    I did do it. After keeping nearly 100 lbs off for a year and a half and after being heavy/obese my whole life I have no regrets at all! Is my stomach perfect? Nope but it is a heck of a lot better!!!! - 5/22/2013   4:39:38 PM
  • 759
    Heck yes. Also, a dietician, personal trainer and a cook. - 5/22/2013   4:19:33 PM
    yes, I have lost 60 pounds and had a C-section when I was over weight....I have what I call my pounch...my husband calls it Alex (our sons name). I would love to have that gone!
    - 5/22/2013   4:14:46 PM
    100% yes not even a second thought - 5/22/2013   4:14:45 PM
  • 756
    Oh, heck, yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!! - 5/22/2013   3:50:17 PM
  • 755
    If money were no object.. I'd buy a personal trainer - a chef - AND cosmetic surgery. Oh.. and a house cleaner... - 5/22/2013   3:46:36 PM
  • LAURAG5697
    yes yes yes! I've lost about 140 pounds and I now have 'bat wings' and they drive me nuts! Along with loose skin in other places. - 5/22/2013   3:38:24 PM
  • 753
    Yes! I would be very wary of messing with my face, but weight/age related body stuff, you betcha. It sounds like you work very hard at being healthy and staying fit, so you sound like an excellent candidate for that sort of procedure. I am a yo-yo dieter so lypo would be futile, but if I could do something about the baby tummy, stretchmarks, gigantic Scandinavian arms heck, even permanent hair removal so I don't have to shave all the time. I'd be all over that. I have thought about breast augmentation, I wouldn't mind having a fuller chest, but I am not willing to risk losing an entire erogenous zone for it. I haven't even had Lasik yet though, extra money goes to kid stuff. I don't mind though, its like Disney or Lasik? No brainer. - 5/22/2013   3:33:29 PM
    Yes I would have cosmetic surgery if money was no object. There is only so much you can do with exercise. The rest can be fixed by the professionals. - 5/22/2013   3:33:15 PM
    I have recently had bariatric surgery and lost 70 lbs. so far. I have about 50-60 more pounds to go but I would not have the cosmetic surgery. I am 65 years old and know that there are ways to dress and thank God for Spanx but for the outer look I can hide the flab. I want to keep it as a reminder of where I was and where I have come to. The love of my life loved me before the weight loss, had stood by me through thick and thin and I know he loves me for my accomplishments. It is what is on the inside not on the outside that counts and I am not a VAIN PERSON. - 5/22/2013   3:17:35 PM
  • 750
    Yep, I sure would - but not as a substitute for healthy living. Of course I'd have to do a LOT of research and feel confident about the results and side effects. But all that being done, yes. - 5/22/2013   3:09:10 PM
  • 749
    yep, I would. I've got about 70 lbs left to lose. When I finally achieve my ideal weight, I will have the skin removed, and while they're at it I may opt for a facelift to get rid of the turkey wattle and a belly tuck, since I've never had a flat belly ever, not even when I was thin. I figure its a better reward than a big meal any day of the week. - 5/22/2013   3:06:57 PM
  • 748
    Yes, I would. Lots of exess skin from losing 230+ pds. It would be a whole body lift for me. - 5/22/2013   3:05:20 PM
  • 747
    If money were no object, I would pay a personal trainer/nutritionist to help me before would pay to have surgery that isn't really needed to begin with. - 5/22/2013   3:05:13 PM
  • 746
    In the past I wouldn't do it, but since having 3 C-sections(due to a narrow pelvis) I have skin that hangs and it has gotten caught in the zipper of my pants(sorry if it's TMI). I would do it for health/comfort not for beauty reasons. - 5/22/2013   3:02:39 PM
  • 745
    No, the risk of any invasive surgery isn't worth it. I too have a belly pouch from childbearing I'd like to reduce or tone and I am willing to work at by natural means...if it doesn't work I will not however consider surgery. - 5/20/2013   5:59:20 PM
  • 744
    If I have too much saggy belly skin after I lose the weight, I will consider having it removed. But I am hoping it will take care of itself as I lose 1-2 pounds a week. Started at 344, will get down to 180 range. (302 now) - 5/17/2013   8:37:34 AM
  • 743
    no...I will work with what I have..extra and all..!! - 5/16/2013   2:54:28 PM
  • 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
    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
    Nope. Poor surgical risk...plus, I'm chicken! ;) - 5/4/2013   8:56:03 PM

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