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Extreme Plastic Surgery

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Is it just me or does it really seem that more and more people are taking plastic surgery to an extreme?

I suppose it’s not too surprising that some men and women are taking a choice that’s most often made for fine tuning, rejuvenation or reconstruction and running with it. Running far, far away. We humans do seem wired for going overboard with ideas. (Speaking of running, for instance, it doesn’t seem enough for some runners to complete a marathon anymore. There are “ultramarathons” in which you run 100 miles at a time, and extreme marathons like the one in the Kalahari Desert that cover more than 150 miles in seven days. Talk about extreme!)

One of the extremes I can almost understand is plastic surgery “addiction.” I can see how some people, finally having the generous, perky breasts they always dreamed of, now wish they had asked their plastic surgeon to lipo a little off the saddlebags as well. Then they would really be happy with their figure. But wait, maybe they should have a little tummy tuck too. Everything would truly be great after that.

Obviously, someone thinking along these lines should take a giant step back and examine their life and happiness from a different perspective. But it is tempting to think that if one is dissatisfied with their condition, the answer is somewhere “out there” rather than deep inside. Still, I can sympathize. Everyone probably looks in the wrong place for contentment from time to time.

But that doesn’t mean I understand the latest cosmetic surgery-crazed celebrity, Heidi Montag. The reality television star even admitted to People Magazine, “I’m beyond obsessed.” In her most recent round of plastic surgery Heidi had 10 procedures in one day, including breast augmentation and rhinoplasty revision, ears pinned back, liposuction and chin reduction. And she plans more surgery.

Indeed, her looks are ultra-important to her career. And yes, she has the right to do whatever she can convince a cosmetic surgeon to do for her (although electing to have so many procedures in one day is certainly questionable in terms of safety).

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Good article

January 26, 2010 - 9:45am
EmpowHER Guest

I agree, plastic surgery has gone overboard. It is a panacea to happiness. I know of parents giving breast augmentation surgey as high school graduation presents. My nurse friends have discreetly told me that several of the young women had very graceful C cups and still wanted the procedure.

I fault society and our false expectations of what will make us happy.


January 26, 2010 - 9:45am
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