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Thoughts on Cosmetic Surgery


BY The Conversation Team

As a guest on The Conversation, Zoe Saldana spoke with Amanda about cosmetic surgery, saying “as long as you’re doing it for reasons that are balanced for you… there’s nobody on this earth that can tell you that what you’re feeling is wrong”. This week, we want to know your thoughts on the subject.

What are your feelings about cosmetic surgery? Have you or would you consider it for yourself?

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  • Sophia

    I say go for new breasts after breastfeeding if it will make you feel more happy and confident Amanda. However if they are uneven as in one is pointing the other way the implants will not correct this unless you have the nipples moved which will give scars. I also have one that droops slightly lower than the other so the nipples are not even caused by breastfeeding but decided to go for the pear shaped silicone implants anyway. The main reason for me was they had lost their volume so I went up a cup size as a bonus! I’m really happy with mine, they look really natural and to be honest men have no idea! I have had them for 3 years now and actually even loved being in hospital with no discomfort at all plus the scar is invisible now too. I think other procedures are fine to have and If you have a good surgeon then no one should notice you have had anything done.

    • http://www.amandadecadenet.com/ Amanda de cadenet

      Healthy perspective you have …

  • http://perpetuallite.com/ ByKrisB

    I agree with Zoe here. If it makes you feel balanced in your everyday life, and can put a smile on your face about who you are, then definitely go for it!

  • Susanne

    Zoe has a great perspective on cosmetic surgery. I agree that if you have it done, it should be for the right reasons. Unfortunately, there are many who undergo surgeries and procedures because because they fear aging or they see imperfections that no one but them sees. I’m now 44 yrs old, and while I’m not thrilled with the aging process that I see in myself, I try to remind myself of my mother. She died at 34 years old and didn’t live long enough to get gray hair or wrinkles (or to see her children grow up). What right then do I have to complain about getting older, cellulite or saggy breasts when I’ve now outlived my mother by a decade in age? That is the kind of perspective I try to have when I’m feeling down about my body. It doesn’t always work and I do have some bad days, but I try to snap myself out of it by thinking of her. As for bodily imperfections, I’ve had surgical scars from a very young age as I had open heart surgery at 4 yrs old. Because of that, I have a surgical scar right down the center of my chest, so not only are my breasts lopsided, there’s a big scar in between them. I know the thought of that would be horrific for many women & they would get cosmetic surgery to try to “correct” it. I once even had a doctor who examined me for something unrelated hand me a business card of a plastic surgeon he knew and said “You’re a pretty girl, you shouldn’t have to go through life with a disfigurement.” He thought he was being nice, but he wasn’t. As a young woman then, it certainly didn’t help me feel good about my body, but I was confident enough to not do anything. It’s a scar from an operation that saved my life, so why should I change it or be embarrassed? So while I’m mostly against cosmetic surgery and wish not as many women would undergo it, I do understand why some do. I can only imagine what other young women’s reactions would be if a doctor handed them a business card to correct what is referred to as a disfigurement.

    • http://www.amandadecadenet.com/ Amanda de cadenet

      Wow what a story . I am shocked a dr would assume you felt you needed surgery and you were disfigured . I have a friend who had open heart surgery and I personally find her scar to be beautiful in that it tells the story of her survival . I am not the one living with it of course , but scars ( of which I have a few too ) are not ugly to me .

    • Susanne

      It is shocking that a doctor would say such a thing, but it was 25 years ago when I was 19. Hopefully those in the medical profession (and adults in general) would know better now. Have you thought of doing a photo essay of women with scars and their stories behind them? I would consider posing for something like that if tastefully done, which I know you would do. On a related note, I remember a line in one of Keanu’s films about chicks digging scars. So I wonder, do men dig scars on women or are they turned off by it?

    • B.

      Great idea.

  • B.

    It’s ok to change hairstyles or jobs or cities or anything about your life if you aren’t happy with it. And there are people with gender identity disorders who need to have radical surgeries in order for their outside to reflect who they are on the inside. There’s a whole spectrum of things people can do when they’re not happy with their life. It’s just important that you’re fixing the actual problem and not just covering it up (or even creating new ones!) I think this really comes down to loving&accepting who you are and always be who you believe you are in your heart

  • Barbara White

    After marriage and having a child i find my breasts have drooped a bit. Also I find the rightright one little more disfigured than the left? Is this something normal? Is it going to get fixed on its own? Or I have to opt for a surgery? I am just low on my confidence. I am ready for a Breasy lift surgery if needed!

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