To needle or not to needle, that is the question.

There are two distinct sides of the plastic surgery coin.

Those who are for it.

Those who are against it.

If you read my blog regularly then you know that I’m totally that woman who lives by the motto; LIVE AND LET LIVE.  So it should be no surprise to you that I feel the exact same way with regards to plastic surgery.  If you aren’t down for it, then that is totally fine, don’t do it.  I happen to be all for it.  I’m 1000%  behind, and for plastic surgery.  All forms of it, I’m like; “if you can afford it, and you want it, have it.”

I also feel like it really isn’t anybody’s business if you have it, the same way it really isn’t anybody’s business who people love, and want to have sex with.  Wait, let me rephrase that statement; you must be only having sex with another consenting, legal aged partner.  Moving on.  I had my first plastic surgery experience at twenty-six, post two babies…then racked a couple more up while my husband was filming a TV series with Playboy Playmates in California, and I weighed 200lbs after delivering our youngest, Mikaela.  I will also confess to you all, that the woman I am today, a confident, secure, mature, knowledgeable woman, would have skipped the two plastic surgeries post Mikaela.  The reason I wouldn’t have had them, is because I can see now, that I did them for the wrong reasons, and looking back now I can see that they literally made no difference to my relationship, or my career.  But tell that to a twenty-seven year old mother of three, watching the love of her life roll around with young women who’ve never given birth, with fresh implants and hair extensions, all day every day for ten months of every year for three years.  Not fun.

So would I go under the knife the way I used to when I was younger, no, no I would not.  Do I regret them?  Also no.  I just know that there was no need for them, and I believe I would still be who I am today even if I hadn’t done the surgeries.  I would tell my girls to avoid going under the knife post-babies, because in the end I’m not sure that they really make that much of a difference to your self-esteem, sex life, or career.  I also think a proper diet, with a commitment to exercise would provide the same results.  It would just, obviously take longer, which means the payoff to having your body back wouldn’t come as quickly as it does when you employ the aid of plastic surgery.  So looking back I don’t think I would have done the surgeries.

But, injectables?  Those I do.  Those I won’t stop doing, unless they prove that it is destroying echo systems, or rain forests, or that small children fill the vials.  Then in that case I would have to stop.   But until then I will keep on, keeping on in that area of plastic surgery, because really, the last thing I want to go for is a facelift.  I’d rather do the maintenance now, so that I might avoid ending up with a face that isn’t mine via a good ole fashioned you end up with skin so smooth it resembles a baby’s bottom facelift.  That procedure is a no for me, always a no for me.  As for the rest of plastic surgery, in the infamous words of The Beatles…”let it be, let it be…”

4 Comments

  1. I appreciate this blog post because it raises the important issue of taking control over one’s life and doing what is necessary for one’s self-esteem. Of course, I support your right to live as you see fit, and I admire your willingness to be your own person and speak up for issues you care about. And no-one has the right to criticize you for the choices you make– whether in your profession or on a personal level. Only you can make those decisions.

    But as a media historian, I often study representations (both in words and in images) from the past. When I look back on magazine ads from the 1930s-1970s, for example, they remind me that the culture for far too long has pressured women to look a certain way or live up to a certain standard. And while some men do get plastic surgery, especially those who work in Hollywood (where a youthful physical appearance is key to success), it’s still mainly women who get these procedures. I see it as part of a larger issue: I remember growing up in the 50s and early 60s, and I was pressured relentlessly to wear makeup. Okay fine, for some women, this is something they enjoy. For me, the message I heard was that how I looked was not okay and I needed to fix it immediately. Of course, all around me, I saw guys who were in no way handsome or even good-looking, but the culture did not tell THEM they needed to immediately fix how they looked. No, it was only the women who had the wrong eyelashes or the wrong shape of cheek-bones or, God forbid, the wrong body shape.

    I wonder how many young girls are mocked even today (as I was back then) and told the way they look is all wrong. It’s been a gift for the cosmetics industry, but not so much of a gift for the self-esteem of so many young women. So, Chantelle, I applaud you for being proud of who you are, and for taking the actions you felt you needed to take. (I think you look great, by the way.) But I do wish we lived in a world where women were not judged by their appearance, in a way that men still are not.

  2. I’m with you girl! Funny you brought up this topic, because I plan to have my eyes tucked this year. I am Italian, with olive skin, dark brown hair and blue eyes. You could always see my eyelids, so my eye makeup had to be just right. I was proud of my big blues and got many compliments on them. Now that the years have progressed, I noticed that you cannot see most of my eyelids now and that is starting to bug the shit out of me. So, I’m getting it done. Then,we’ll see what’s next. Why not?! I detox, take multiple vitamins and supplements and hydrate. Now, I just have to start working out consistently. I’m on my way though!
    So, I’m with you. If you have the money and want to do it, then do it!

  3. Hi great post as always.

    I agree its each to their own.

    If you want it and can afford it and have looked a the pros and cons and risks and still want to go ahead then go for it and hope it works out. My only niggle is that sometimes because we are bombarded with images of the ‘so called perfect woman/look” that it may not give you the result you are seeking.

    But if any of these things give you the happines/courage/self fullfilment that you are after then its got to be a good thing for that individual person.

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