Comments on: Cosmetic Procedures http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:14:52 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: Jenny http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-537210 Jenny Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:44:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-537210 Beautifully said! I completely agree!

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By: Jenny http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-537207 Jenny Mon, 22 Jul 2013 21:39:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-537207 Living in Nashville, where the entertainment industry is huge, cosmetic procedures are pretty popular. And obviously so, I might add. Women and men are both buying into it. My mom worked for a doctor who does a lot of facial stuff and had several skin procedures done that she was happy with, but I don’t think I could do it. My sister had breast augmentation in her mid twenties! I want to pass on to my daughter that we can be women and be imperfect and be happy with ourselves. Sure there are things that I wouldn’t mind changing, but they do not make me feel bad about who I am and what I have to offer the world. If they were a big source of unhappiness for me then I would have to ask myself why? This is a great topic!

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By: Melissa http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-535277 Melissa Sun, 21 Jul 2013 00:40:48 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-535277 I had a breast reduction at the ripe old age of 15, and it changed my life dramatically for the better. Having a more proportionate size increased my confidence significantly (I was NOT prepared for the looks and stares from members of the opposite sex at 15) and made shopping for clothes fun again. I could also sit up straight and wear a seatbelt properly, both of which were unbearably uncomfortable pre-surgery — as were wearing turtlenecks in Texas to camouflage the cleavage line I had from wearing double sports bras all the time. I had braces in college, and may do Invisalign in the future. I don’t think a breast lift would be out of the question, either. I don’t imagine myself doing anything that would dramatically change my looks, though.

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By: Sally Thompson http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-535225 Sally Thompson Sat, 20 Jul 2013 22:22:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-535225 I finished a two year stint of invisalign braces this year, a month before my 60th birthday! It’s never too late to correct your bite, but invisalign is the way to go, if you’re a candidate. You should look into them if you want orthodontia. Good luck!

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By: Jen @ committed. http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-1/#comment-533735 Jen @ committed. Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:44:56 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-533735 Bravo!
I’ve thought a lot about this debate, especially because I want a happy, healthy, confident young daughter.

I want her to feel secure in herself without putting too much emphasis on her appearance. My mom took me to get electrolysis on my eyebrows at 15, and every few weeks I’d come home with ice packs on my face. Nobody teased me about my eyebrows, but my mom was embarrassed of her own, and thought she was helping me. But once we started getting treatments, was self-conscious about the eyebrows I had and in pain over the parts I got rid of.

It’s a fine line to model good behavior–I shave, wax, wear makeup, get haircuts, paint my nails. I may even consider some type of surgery when I’m done having babies, so I can feel like myself again. But I hope to never put those pressures on my daughter. If she asks for help or guidance, I’ll happily give it to her. If she’s fine with herself, I hope to let it be.*

I like your message of keeping things “somewhat natural and relatively modest,” so your best self shines through. I think that’s the best & healthiest message for our kids and ourselves.

And Gabrielle–don’t sweat getting braces! They’re not like 20 years ago–most of my friends have/had them and have been thrilled with the result.

(* we’ll see if this holds in 13 years!)

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By: kalanicut http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-533656 kalanicut Fri, 19 Jul 2013 19:59:02 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-533656 Earlier this week I was trying to find a dermatologist in LA for a member of my family. Every doctor’s big push was not healthy skin but anti-aging procedures. After looking at website after website for doctors I was really freaked out that all the talk is about expensive anti-aging and nothing about skin cancer, healthy skin, etc. The websites were all so disturbingly slick looking. Really discouraging what this says about our area…not that I should be shocked but it’s clear where the money is made by these doctors.

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By: Deborah http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-533635 Deborah Fri, 19 Jul 2013 19:42:31 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-533635 I had clear braces called Simplify. They were only $1,000 compared to the $5,000 of invisalign. I hadn’t worn my retainers during pregnancy and then they didn’t fit after the kids. My teeth were shifting towards each other, and when one finally chipped the other, I decided it was worth it to have them corrected. 12 months and I was back to normal.
I’m on the fence for other procedures. I never thought I’d consider surgery, but as a size 6-8….with 32DDDD breasts- it’s hard to find clothes that fit and my back hurts every day. (I was a 32c before the kids and breastfeeding.) I agree with the mom above, that fear of dying on the table is what keeps me from going through with anything. (Plus the costs) Although every time I have to put on a swimsuit and worry about people seeing my chest, or have to spend a lot on one that actually fits, I reconsider. Having a larger chest isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…I wish I could warn the ladies that try to go too big.

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By: Lauren http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-533615 Lauren Fri, 19 Jul 2013 19:27:14 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-533615 Actually having wonky teeth can alter your bite causing huge medical issues -asking anyone with bad TMJ caused by misalignment! Braces can be cosmetic, of course, but they aren’t always!

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By: Kate Coates http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-1/#comment-300213 Kate Coates Tue, 04 Oct 2011 12:38:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-300213 Right on.

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By: cbloe's mom http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-288500 cbloe's mom Fri, 05 Aug 2011 05:39:34 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-288500 i saw a documentary on a woman who had a double mastectomy and chose not to have her breasts reconstructed because of the message that she would be sending to her daughters. i was inspired and amazed at her courage. it is a decision that i am 100% confident that i would not make for myself, yet i was totally inspired by her ability to do what she thought was best for her and her girls. i have also applauded women who have felt unsatisfied with what was left after having nursed their babies and had their breasts reconstructed, which in our culture can also take a lot of courage. i say to each her own.

p.s. i’m pretty sure you know a lot of people who have had botox.

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By: LLH Designs http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-287127 LLH Designs Tue, 02 Aug 2011 04:31:21 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-287127 Ditto!

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By: LLH Designs http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-287126 LLH Designs Tue, 02 Aug 2011 04:30:25 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-287126 Not a fan of surgically altering my body ever…even after children. Children are my reward for deflated boobs. They were worth it! And what message am I sending my daughters if I need to alter my body? We have some twisted body image issues in America for sure. I don’t want to make it worse for my girls by portraying a “perfect” body image that I attained through surgery.

But don’t think for a second that I don’t sometimes wish I had a few less wrinkles and sags! It just is what it is! All I can hope is that there enough women who feel they way I feel so that as I age, I’m not the only one who looks REAL!

Great discussion!
xo,
Linsey

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By: Julie Kirby http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-287103 Julie Kirby Tue, 02 Aug 2011 02:00:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-287103 I am 35 & have braces. I got the clear ones & am so glad. My grandma got them in her 70′s. I say you are never too old to straighten your teeth.

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By: cherie http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-287027 cherie Mon, 01 Aug 2011 21:54:37 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-287027 I love your comment, Marisa. Well said and well lived!

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By: melissa http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-286959 melissa Mon, 01 Aug 2011 20:17:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-286959 no, no, don’t get braces. straight teeth are way overrated.

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By: Paul http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-1/#comment-286909 Paul Mon, 01 Aug 2011 10:03:49 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-286909 On the same page as you on this one. Celebrities take it way over the top, and as you’ve said, glow in the dark teeth. I’m really not that into “perfection” believe it or not. I also find that crooked teeth have to potential to bring a “je ne sais quoi” sexiness. In Japan, overlapping extra teeth are considered a rare beauty mark.

Even wrinkles look good and classy with some women. However, I do understand if those particular individuals might want to have either some botox or dermal filler injections done, because it’s for their own needs of what they want to look like. However, these cosmetic procedures done in moderation is the key.

Paul Johnson, Cosmetic adviser, Skin Vitality complaints

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By: Jill Leever http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-286904 Jill Leever Mon, 01 Aug 2011 02:19:57 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-286904 Braces are not cosmetic, they are for the health and longevity of your teeth. “Crooked” teeth can be difficult to keep clean,and therefore can contribute to gum disease, and eventually tooth loss. I would not compare braces to botox ever! I don’t mean to sound harsh! Sorry! I’m a dental assistant and know how important oral health is. That being said….I would like to try botox. I know several people who have and they really like the results. Maybe it is just very commom here in California. So enjoy reading your blog! ~Jill

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By: Heidi http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-286634 Heidi Sat, 30 Jul 2011 13:58:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-286634 My dad didn’t get braces until he was in his late 40s! Our family orthodontist actually gave them to him for free since my dad had paid for all four of his children to have braces first! Buy four, get one free?!

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By: Marisa http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-286328 Marisa Fri, 29 Jul 2011 01:25:24 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-286328 I live in an area where we are bombarded constantly with advertising for invasive cosmetic procedures and it makes me sad. After listening to it on the radio day after day on the way to school, my girls (8 and 5) started noticing and asking me about it. It turned out to be a great discussion as we talked about how are bodies are wonderful just the way they are and how we should strive for health, cleanliness, and femininity. There is so much more value to a female than her body, and I hope to teach my girls the power of their creativity, humor, education, perserverance, and goodness.

I just feel like a lot of women get confused by the constant barrage of media regarding the “perfect body” and I wish I saw more women out there who felt confident in their own body over the course of life, and who could find enjoyment the aging process. I am fine with my tummy stretch marks because I was able to carry three beautiful children. I am fine having “deflated” breasts, because I was able to breastfeed them all for as long as I wanted! I am fine having crows feet around my eyes because I’ve had a life full of smiles and laughter.

What I’m saying is why are we all trying to be something we’re not? I have found that there is never happiness where any level of dishonesty is concerned. I am all for making an effort to exercise, eat right, sleep well, and love ourselves. I love to wear clothes and accessories that make me feel happy and speak to my personal style and taste. But my personal “line” is doing anything that doesn’t feel authentic. And I hope that my example of being okay with a less-than-”perfect” body will inspire others to be the same. We are beautiful women and should be proud of our bodies– and the amazing things that have taken place throughout our lives to shape them.

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By: adriane http://www.designmom.com/2011/07/cosmetic-procedures/comment-page-2/#comment-286234 adriane Thu, 28 Jul 2011 19:59:36 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=12576#comment-286234 i would definitely do braces again if i felt like i needed them. i had them twice and have had retainers since i was 13. ask for permanent retainers – you will never regret it. i get compliments on my teeth all the time and i know it’s because of my retainers (a huge thanks to my orthodontist, who just does that for everyone, and to my parents of course, for not giving me a choice!).

as far as the other cosmetic stuff goes, it’s definitely something that is a personal decision. i am an aesthetician and have worked in a medical spa, so i saw A LOT of bad boob jobs, bad botox, bad lipo, etc. if you go to the right doc and you feel really passionately about something, i say go for it. i’m in my early 30′s and i’ve had botox, a lip filler, dark spots taken off of my face, moles removed, and laser hair removal. the lip filler was the scariest for me because it altered my appearance the most. funny thing was, most people couldn’t tell i’d had something done. and i felt a little bit at ease knowing that it wasn’t a permanent thing.

just make sure you do your research and, if you go by word of mouth, make sure you see, in person, what kind of results people have gotten from their doctors. that’s the best advice i can give. good luck!

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