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On Plastic Surgery

I've often been asked how I feel about plastic surgery so I guess now is as good a time as any to put the record straight. Although - despite rumours - I have never had any 'nips' or 'tucks' myself I have known quite a few girls who have.

Some have been very happy with it especially the ones who lost their boobs when they lost a lot of weight or went running on a regular basis. Yet even after surgery they still manage to find fault with their bodies - like the fact that they can't have a natural looking cleavage with most breast implants - so surgery rarely brings the 'happily ever after' ending that they are looking for. So why do we do it?

Some people blame the media others peer pressure. There is nothing unusual in wanting to look as good as - if not better than - others of the same sex, yet where do we draw the line?

I don't see anything wrong in plastic surgery when it is used for the right reasons. If I had an accident or if there was something about my body or face that really affected my life or made others ridicule me in public then I would definitely consider it.

Yet having it because I felt pressured into having the 'perfect' face or body or because I needed a certain look to get a job or win a competition would be a completely different thing. Plastic surgery is a wonderful thing and helps a lot of people cope with life yet it can become addictive - one boob job can lead to another and yet another and as with most man-made things they need maintaining so there is a need to take the expense of further surgery into consideration - so is no guarantee of a happy life.

Before committing yourself to the knife you should always question your motives. If you are doing it for yourself then that's ok but if you are doing it because you feel pressurised by someone else or society in general then take some time out to think about it first.

You have to ask yourself whether the botoxed lips that can give you 'trout pout' and leave you unable to smile, the implants that can leave you scarred and unable to get a decent cleavage and the hair extentions that can eventually damage your roots really are that important to you? Do we really need to spend our hard earned cash or take out loans to pay to have our appearance radically changed?

A browse through a men's magazine would lead us to believe that they are. As you flick through the pages it's no longer a case of playing 'spot the implant' but spot that much more elusive and almost extinct creature the 'natural' beauty. It would seem that if we want to be adored or desired by the opposite sex then we need conform to what is considered beautiful. It would seem that we need to be blonde, tall, skinny and have enormous 'assets'. Yet do we really want to look the same as everyone else and who is it that decides what constitutes 'beautiful'?

It's easy to try to blame the male population yet in recent years there has been a move away from the barbie doll look and a return to the more natural looking woman. Rumour has it that the Sun newspaper is no longer publishing pictures of women with implants on their famous page 3 because their male readers no longer find them attractive. So maybe certain cosmetic plastic surgery is not as important as we are led to believe.

I'd like to think that once we learn to accept ourselves for what and who we are and actually begin likeing ourselves - society will also learn to accept us regardless of whether we are a 36B or 32EE. It is afterall our differences that make us unique.

If after reading this article you decide that you still want to consider having plastic surgery then please make sure that you seek advice from a reputable source first.

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