Dear 100 Hour Board,
If you're willing to share, have any of you had plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures? If you have or have considered it, what were factors in your decision?
Dear gif jif,
I got LASIK because I hated how I looked with glasses and thought being able to see perfectly would solve all my problems or something. This hope was--dare I say it--nearsighted. While I don't deal with irritated eyes from contacts now, I've traded it for halos around lights--and stars--at night and generally mild but often recurring dry, irritated eyes that still bother me sometimes 7 years after the surgery. I wouldn't do LASIK again. I wish I'd done PRK instead, which I feel is a better, safer procedure with fewer possible side effects. It might have also been worth it to just get better-looking glasses.
Too late now. Like they say, hindsight's 20/20, but there's no seeing what the long-term effects of this very elective surgery will be.
P.S. The surgery itself I immensely enjoyed, oddly enough. I vividly imagined I'd been kidnapped by aliens who needed to correct my vision for their nefarious purposes. Because aliens wouldn't botch an eye surgery, right? ...Right?
The summer after I graduated from high school, I had surgery to remove some scar tissue from a cycling accident years earlier. The scar itself - an inch-long Joker scar on the left side of my mouth - was never a big deal, but I felt like my mouth was about a millimeter smaller than it had been before the accident and it bothered me on a visceral level. Surgery was intended to relieve that sensation and make the corner of my mouth look a little more normal.
I don't regret it, although if I'd known how painful it would be from the moment the anesthetic wore off, I might not have been willing to go through with it.
I had a breast reduction. They removed over five pounds. Now I can wear $15 bras instead of $70 bras. The recovery was very easy and I’m super glad I did it.
I've never had plastic surgery, but I have had a number of cosmetic procedure with the first taking place when I was in elementary school. There was a benign cyst in my cheek that my mom took me to a doctor to get removed. I'd say that going through the rest of my life without a grayish lump on my face has definitely been worth it. I've also had multiple warts burned off. And of course the biggest procedure I've gone through was getting braces for my teeth.
I don't think of myself as someone who's very focused on their appearance but I guess I've done a lot of cosmetic stuff:
-Laser hair removal to my neck. Purely cosmetic. I just thought my hairy neck made me look kind of werewolfy.
-Laser eye surgery. This one was partially cosmetic because I don't like how I look in glasses, but it's also very practical to be able to see without assistive devices.
-Braces. (This counts, right?)
-Kybella. This was purely cosmetic because I didn't like my double chin. It didn't work that well and I wouldn't really recommend it.
-Botox. I do this just to my forehead. I was partially motivated by improving my headaches (which are reduced by about 95% now), but also I was just getting a bunch of lines there and I didn't like how it looked. I've been having this done regularly for about 4 years.
-Too Vain to Use My Real Nym
I've had bad teeth ever since I was a teenager and my dad had to take out my braces with pliers because we were too poor to keep going to the orthodontist (always a good fact I use for "two truths and a lie"). It messed with the enamel and even though I've gotten fillings and root canals and such since then, I'm still very self-conscious about it. I really want to get veneers but they're expensive so it's more of a "maybe in a decade or two" thing. But yes. Very much yes.
As others have mentioned, I'm counting laser eye surgery, which I am considering having done next year for reasons both practical and cosmetic. I've worn glasses daily since third grade and have always hated them--the way they look and the way they get in the way of doing things. Laser eye surgery seemed like a futuristic expensive technology until recently, and now I'm super excited to be done with these clunky things on my face! (Also I've never worn contacts, they just don't work for me. So this will be a BIG change.) It will help me see better when I get up in the middle of the night, it will help me style my hair and makeup the way I want to, it will help me when I need to wear goggles or sunglasses, and it will eliminate those Velma-from-Scooby-Doo "my glasses! I can't see with out my glasses!" moments I have all too often when I knock my glasses off my nightstand and somehow they go flying way off somewhere I can't see (which is not very far, I suppose). And also I am learning that it would be helpful when wearing face masks, too.