How Much Would You Shell Out To Be Beautiful?

by Sheri @ Purposeful Habits
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Ever Thought About How Much Would You Shell Out To Be Beautiful?

I came across an article two weeks ago about a young woman named Pixee Fox, a 25-year old, in the pursuit of bearing resemblance to the animated figure Jessica Rabbit.

She has had four rhinoplasties, breast augmentations AND a butt lift. Rib removal is part of her bid to shrink her waist to 14 inches!!!!

Pixee says, ”Cartoon characters represent the idealization of the female body’.

So my question here is, how far would you go to be ‘beautiful’?

I put the word beautiful in quotes as we all know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

If you are not happy with the way you look on the outside, can you be happy on the inside?

Beauty has different meanings for different women. To look beautiful, some women prefer the simple look, while others prefer a more extravagant look.  I prefer the simple and classy look. No judging.

Where is the line drawn at looking good for yourself, as opposed to looking good for a man, or for what society says you should look like?

Women put themselves through the daily regimen of putting on make-up, fixing their hair, wearing the right outfit…is that not enough?

Let’s throw dieting in there as well. The industry continuously launches new jaw-dropping treatments. From Bee venom to Sheep’s placenta.

Who comes up with this stuff?

Ask yourself, what has been the most extreme thing I have done to be more attractive?

Would another person consider it normal or excessive?  Or is it simply, “no pain, no gain?”

 

Does Social Media Play A Role In How We Define Beauty?

Of course it does! Everyone poses for pictures at each and every opportunity!

Thirty pictures taken in order to capture that perfect selfie.

Are we being forced into presenting our best selves online? With the rise of  photo-editing apps there’s pressure to make our best selves even better.

In a few taps, it’s possible to achieve flawless skin, gleaming teeth, standout eyes and pouty lips.  

Apps and programs that guarantee the promise of making you look GOOD.

 

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Why Some People Turn To Surgery

Those who do not feel confident in their own skin, or have low self-esteem often turn to surgery.

Obsessiveness with appearance can lead to a desire to change appearances through plastic surgery or having perceived flaws removed.

Needless to say, these procedures cost money. Lots and lots of money.

In Pixee’s case she has spent:

  • 4 Rhinoplasties – $19,000
  • 4 Breast augmentations – $40,000
  • 2 Liposuctions – $7,000
  • 2 Blepharoplasties – $8,000
  • 1 Labiaplasty – $5,000
  • 1 Brow lift – $3,200
  • 1 Butt lift – $12,000
  • Cool-sculpting – $1,000
  • Cheek injections – $7,500
  • Lip injections – $7,500

Total = $119,200!!!! YIKES!  I could buy a house for that amount!

What Do You Do When You Cannot Pay For The Procedure?

Do you finance your surgery with a loan? Binding yourself to monthly payments for years? What about recovery fees and procedure related fees?

I  watched Botched last week – oh dear!

My advice? Before going under the knife, ask yourself WHY.  WHY WHY WHY is this necessary at this stage in my life?

I think it there is a huge difference between needing the surgery, and simply wanting it.  Surely there are alternative approaches right?

Cosmetic surgery is often carried out for psychological and social reasons, not functional reasons. It is important to understand the motivation behind the surgery. Of course, if you were running, fell down and knocked your two front teeth out, you may be in need for cosmetic dental surgery. I get that. 

However, if you want to have surgery just to look more beautiful, then you need to ask yourself the question, “did a specific event or situation set off this want for perfection?”

If you are thinking about undergoing plastic surgery and believe your self-esteem rests on the outcome of the surgery, you are likely not a good candidate.

At the end of the day, you will have to live with the outcome.  Bad or good.

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Ana Ojha September 12, 2016 - 23:21

I feel very disappointed to know how world has set the parameters for women’s beauty and so many females are getting crazy for their looks and spend millions to make their bodies like super-models. However, what they don’t understand is every one has to die and decay one day. Everything is shallow! One needs to love and respect their body! Very moving article for creating awareness about plastic beauty!

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livelaughhlovee5 September 12, 2016 - 02:23

That is actually very expiring I would love to do something like that to be different and beautiful in our own way!

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Izabela September 11, 2016 - 17:12

While plastic surgery can be great as it helps people who had accidents etc, some people go to extremes to transform their bodies. I personally don’t understand why they do it.

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ToddWorley March 28, 2016 - 15:51

Nice post! I really think that surgery is not the answer and that we all need to feel comfortable being who we are. Really ask yourself WHY! Great article! 🙂

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robjodiefilogomo March 26, 2016 - 15:34

I don’t think it’s bad to try to look nice with what we have, but when we go to extremes to change ourselves….that’s when you wonder the reasons!! it’s also like the commercial “be together, not the same”. we don’t need to look like the models to be beautiful!! jodie
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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 26, 2016 - 17:21

You are right Jodie and I really love that quote! 🙂

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Suzie March 26, 2016 - 10:12

I’m not against plastic surgery at all – particularly for people who have been involved in accidents… However, it does bother me when I see young people going under the knife. I suppose that it’s each to its own really… Really enjoyed your post!

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 26, 2016 - 17:22

Thank you for the feedback Suzie. In some cases it is necessary and important. Like you I don’t like or support seeing young people going under the knife to fit the images the media portrays. 🙂

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heidi March 25, 2016 - 18:19

It is crazy, I’ve said never will I get work done to my face, I’m pushing fifty and I earned those lines. I even make my own skincare products now, more about the chemicals tbh. btw I use ELF makeup its cheap and works just as well as the rest. I have to say tho I would get the boob lift lol

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 26, 2016 - 10:02

I think earned lines should be kept. I know a lot of women in their 50’s feel the need to “look younger”, I think if you are 50, you should look 50. Nothing wrong with that. The media imposes all these images of what we SHOULD look like which is so unnatural.
Boob lift – ahhhhhh LOL. Well, I can relate. 🙂

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jjandbeyond March 25, 2016 - 17:50

Wow! That is certainly extreme. Although I believe in exercising and eating right because I like to look and feel good, I am not too fond of a surgical knife or going to the doctor’s office at all. I prefer the makeup, hair care and body oils to make me feel my best when I come out the house.

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Sheri - A Busy Bees Life March 25, 2016 - 18:10

I am with you on this one Joa! I cannot imagine going under the knife to “look good”. I would not want a surgery of any kind unless it is absolutely necessary. I wear make-up to cover up blemishes, and I love bath and body oils to smell nice. I also only do this for myself to feel good about ME. My husband of course likes it, but would never pressure me to do anything to look better. In fact, I think he likes the natural me more than the “made up” me. 🙂

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