Poll: Would You Consider Cosmetic Surgery?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
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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No, never. Report
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 :) Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
Yes I would but I fall into the excess skin after significant weight loss Report
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. Report
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! Report
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. Report
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. Report
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.. Report
Yes. But not to add to anything as much as to lift certain areas. Report
In a New York minute if I had the extra money just lying around. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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! Report
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! Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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! Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
Yes, yes, and Yes!!!! Report
Maybe for excess hanging skin folds, but no just for cosmetic reasons. Report
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. Report
No, I worked hard for every wrinkle and bump.
And in women my age, the results are almost scary. Report
YES, YES, YES. I'd go have a Facelift tomorrow if I had the money, since I'm 63 and hate my sagging face. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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. Report
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 Report
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. Report
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. Report
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... Report
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 Report
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. Report
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!! Report
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!!!! Report
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