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Our Editor’s Take: Plastic Surgery Overload

Written on April 13, 2011 at 9:43 am , by

You'll need a few bandages for that many surgeries! (Photo courtesy of Flickr user Mimi_K)

You'll need a few bandages for that many surgeries! (Photo courtesy of Flickr user Mimi_K)

I just finished watching an ABC news interview with Cindy Jackson, a 55-year-old woman who looks like she’s 32 and holds the world record for number of cosmetic surgeries (52!). Not sure whether that’s the craziest thing, or if it’s the cash she’s forked over ($100,000) to look like she’s young enough to be her own daughter. She’s had five facelifts, nips, tucks and “knee liposuction” (to get rid of the bags of fat along the insides her knees, she explained).

When the reporter commented that Cindy was messing with nature, Cindy corrected him. “Nature is messing with me,” she said. “So I don’t have a problem with that.”

Whether or not you believe in plastic surgery, or have thought about getting a face lift, or could see the day when maaaaybe you’d have lipo… 52 procedures? Really? I mean, think of all the workouts you could do in that time! The calories you could burn! The muscles you could tone! The personal trainers you might have worked with! Surely, 20 surgeries would have sufficed? Throw in some core conditioning and Pilates classes, and I bet she could’ve gotten away with 19, minus that last tummy tuck.

I’m all for “you gotta do what you gotta do.” I’m just saying I’d rather do it the old fashioned way. More sweat, less needles.

Now tell us: Would you ever consider plastic surgery? What’s your take on this story?

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  • Jessica

    I would consider surgery. I would like to have my breasts put back to here they used to live when I was a young teen. i would like to have the excess skin removed from my stomach, and I’ll love some knee lipo… I will do all of this eventually, but not until I prove to myself that I can keep the weight off naturally. I do not want to ever have the same surgery more than once because I got lazy, or I got depressed and got fat and ruined the original results … the weight is something I have to do myself in order to ensure the operations are worth it. I have bad skin that rips rather than stretches like it should so it does not ‘go back’ when I lose weight. as a result I have extra skin on my boobs and my stomach… and those darn knees just never go away!

  • dee

    I’ve had my breasts done and love it. I agree I would do everything in my workouts to get the results I want before I elected surgery. Mainly because it would happen only once. No repeat business! That lady is nuts.

  • Jessica

    I’d never have plastic surgery done I personally think it’s cheating and not at all good for your body I think you need to be comfortable in your own skin and not change it to what you think should be your skin. If you exercise and eat right you will look your best. And while I’m not there yet I know I will be!

  • Julie

    Hey, whatever floats her boat. It is her body. Some areas of the body can not be corrected with exercise and diet. I had gastric bypass almost 3 years ago. I have lost over 100 lbs and right at my target weight. Afer the weight loss there was a lot of broken saggy skin. That stuff at my age, does not go away. I worked out everyday, but was still not totally happy with my body. I had a great tummy tuck and a breast reduction then small implants. I later had spider vein removal and I feel totally sexy now. I plan to do a little more sculpting later. I still workout and try to do the right things. It is my body.

  • PJ

    There’s nothing wrong with making the most of your looks. After all, in a culture that celebrates youth, it’s hard to escape that feeling of competition as your own youth fades.

    I had breast augmentation done a few years ago and I have mixed feelings about my choice. I love them in evening wear; I worry about ruptures. In the end, plastic surgery is a personal decision with pros and cons. I understand how someone could get carried away.

    Though, for the record, surely 55 surgeries can be defined as “carried away.” There is definitely something to be said about balance! You’d think her doctor would recommend counseling at some point.

  • Shelly

    I don’t like “excessive” plastic surgery…I feel bad for the person who cannot get enough. At some point we should at least be happy enough in our bodies to let some control go…we should always strive to improve, but hundreds of thousands of dollars later and multiple sugeries later…the risks really start outweighing the benefits.
    Now personally, I would consider a breast reduction down the road. I have been a little extra “blessed” in the breast department and as I see my mother struggle with her equal “blessing,” I have contemplated getting a reduction later in life…