Every woman has either been shamed or felt shamed at some point for a decision in her life. The worst part is, the shame usually comes from other women, making us feel like we don’t measure up in some way. Often, with plastic surgery procedures like tummy tucks or breast augmentations, there’s a stigma surrounding them that makes us worry what other people will think. According to an ELLE magazine article, we all need to stop shaming women who get plastic surgery.
Plastic Surgery Doesn’t Have to be Complicated
When asked about her nose job, actress Lisa Kudrow said, “That was life altering…I did it the summer before going to a new high school. So there were plenty of people who wouldn’t know how hideous I looked before. That was a good, good, good change.” Though the public may want to shame her for giving in to the impossibly high beauty standards set by the media or assume that she must have low self worth, Kudrow’s candid statement implies that it wasn’t about anything complicated. Sometimes a breast augmentation or a nose job or whatever it is, just makes your life a little bit better.
Some of us go years wanting a procedure, but are stuck wondering how we can make it seem like it was for health reasons and not just a vain desire. A tummy tuck won’t solve all of your problems but if it will boost your confidence in a shorter amount of time than years of therapy will, is it really so wrong? One study found that “Compared to those who had chosen not to have plastic surgery, the patients felt healthier, were less anxious, had developed more self-esteem and found the operated body feature in particular, but also their body as a whole, more attractive.”
What We Can Do
When we band together and support each other, we can expand the definition of beauty. A woman who embraces who she is and one who opts for a breast augmentation or plastic surgery of some sort can in fact, be the same woman. Though there is still plenty of work to be done against the industry that makes women feel less than, “[this is] the idea that real liberation for women must include the possibility that not every individual decision should be weighed against what it means for the collective.” Sometimes a woman’s choice for a tummy tuck is simply that and nothing more.
Talk to your surgeon about the procedure you’ve been wanting, and they can reassure you that the choice is yours. No matter what type of surgery you’re looking for, Dr. Colgrove of Vinings Plastic Surgery Center can help you decide what will be best for you in a no-obligation one-on-one consultation.
Call today at 770-955-9000 to schedule your appointment.
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