Plastic Surgery Part I: The scalpel or the needle?

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I’m finally back! A week without DSL was like a week in a cave! Thanks Michelle and Kelly for picking up the slack around here. Without internet access, I finally had time to flip through stacks of neglected fashion magazines and I noticed that many young actresses and models already have the botox frozen look. I started thinking, when is it too early to have work done? Is it ever too early? And is it really possible to stop time with supposed miracle fillers? Which led me to another question, which is more effective? The scalpel or the needle? I asked a cosmetic dermatologist and she told me a needle and a laser is all she needs to keep you looking like a college co-ed. Then I asked a plastic surgeon, who insisted no amount of injectables will lift sagging jowls and skin like a little nip and tuck.

This is a touchy subject and it’s been hard to get women to talk to me about it for this entry. I know a 46 year old woman who is constantly getting injected with fillers, she always has random small bruises on her face but makes up stories about falling off the stepladder or being hit with toys by her nephew. On the other hand, I have a friend who is very open about her “improvements” and got her facelift before she turned 50! She shows the scars on each side of her face proudly and offers to give gory details with photos. It’s all kind of scary to me but who knows what I’ll do in 20 years! Kelly and I always talk about aging gracefully but is there really such a thing? What do you think? The scalpel, the needle, or the hell with it I’m just gonna age with dignity?

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  1. Julie
    March 26, 2007 / 8:15 am

    Good point, I don’t know what I will end up doing but I’m certain it will be something!

    I know one thing though, I won’t be pretending I fell off a stepladder when I do it!

  2. Gretchen
    March 26, 2007 / 8:18 am

    Both…I’m 35 and use the needle now and plan on the scalpel when needed later!

    I have a pal who once blamed a blemish on “falling off of my bike”…

  3. mq, cb
    March 26, 2007 / 9:32 am

    Do you think that it makes a difference whether it’s for the face or body?

  4. March 26, 2007 / 12:21 pm

    I support cosmetic surgery all the way.. But only if it’s to enhance or fill up some creases. I would be against it if people use cosmetic surgery as a means to recontruct their faces (e.g. Pete Burns).

    Even though I’m just 17 (18 in June), I do plan on getting those collagen fillers, vitamin injections, etc. in the future.

    In fact, I’m hoping I can become a cosmetic surgeon!!

  5. March 26, 2007 / 1:03 pm

    i say “never say never”. at some point in our lives, we will be faced with the question of what to do. i’m all for gradual and subtle improvements. just for maintenance, you know. and i’m too scared of going under the knife so maybe botox is the answer!

  6. lulu
    March 26, 2007 / 2:09 pm

    I think a big issue with plastic surgery and fillers is people’s self esteem issues. As a clinical psychologist, I get teen girls with flawless bodies and complexions desiring to do one kind of surgical enhancement or another (to their body or face) to feel better about themselves. And in the same respect, I have women in their 30s and forties discussing how cosmetic surgery and facial enhancments (botox, resalin, etc.) would make them feel so much better about themselves.

    I strongly believe that these beliefs and desires transpire in people when they aren’t happy with who they are on the inside or are disturbed by one thing or another that is going on in their lives. Honestly, the most perfect plastic surgery cannot make your boyfriend or husband love you more and likewise, your life isn’t going to suddently become a dream.

    I have talked to many patients who have gotten superb results with their surgeries and yet after a couple of weeks or months, the negative feeling about themselves return. Why? Because they haven’t dealt with the emotions triggering the initial desire for change in the first place.

    I’m 26 myself and hope that I would never get to a place in my life where cosmetic surgery enhancement would be an answer to acheiving happiness in my life.

  7. Heather
    March 26, 2007 / 3:51 pm

    I would like to say I will age gracefully, but I’m still very young so I guess it’s easy to say that. However, I absolutely can’t stand people that look plastic – think Posh Spice or the “real housewives of orange county” – so if that’s what a little botox does, count me out!!!

  8. March 26, 2007 / 5:21 pm

    ^If you look at the High Quality pictures of Victoria Beckham’s face, she actually does have lines under her eyes, and it seems pretty apparent that she doesn’t have any botox or fillers in her face. Her bionic boobs, however, is another question. The real plastic people are people like Marcia Cross (expressions, anybody?), Joan Rivers, Amanda Lepore, etc.

  9. March 26, 2007 / 8:53 pm

    I am for cosmetics surgery 5000% . When and if its ever needed I will get it. I try to take care of my skin the best i can with the best skin care on the planet.. ( I am talking $1,489 eyecreams, and $440 dollar foundations.) Only the best and I try to get sleep and drink the right amount of water but its not easy 🙂 I don’t care what I use I am sure the day will come when wrinkles and lines appear. And I will pop them out faster then you pop a sliver of your favorite gum..:)

    Think Halle Berry , she’s had work done and she looks great!.. I only have one life and I want look great, feel great, and do great things all the way through… 🙂

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