To Nip & Tuck Or Stay Au Naturel?
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As persons who identify as LGBT, much of our struggle in life is to feel comfortable in our own skin. We come out of the closet to our loved ones as an act of accepting who we are as complete individuals and having others accept us. So why then are so many gay men electing to have cosmetic surgery to alter their appearance? Beyond the wallet, what is the cost of plastic surgery on the body, mind, and soul?
Many of us spend countless hours in the gym toning and sculpting our bodies, while others willfully exist as is, content with what they’ve been dealt. The number of gay men who have had cosmetic surgical procedures is steadily growing according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. In 2011, liposuction was one of the top five cosmetic procedures in America; while Botox injections are number one. The stigma surrounding these procedures seems to have melted away over the past ten years. Reality shows revolving around plastic surgery have almost glorified the practice. Is it self-mutilation or self-improvement?
People alter their appearances for many reasons. Some hope to gain an edge in the workplace by looking younger, some are trying to mirror media constructs, and yet others feel they just need that extra boost of confidence. Whatever the reason, one must question whether spending the money will yield long-term results or be a temporary fix. We will all age eventually, and while some try to escape it by morphing themselves into a self-proclaimed Adonis, others may find the perfect balance and ideally achieve the extended longevity they desire.
Not all procedures are as effortless as implants or a nose job. Many who partake in liposuction to loose a few extra pounds must also make a life change to keep the weight off. For those looking for the easy solution plastic surgery might be the way but will you be truly happy or just deeper in debt? Until we find the actual fountain of youth we’ll just have to work with what we have available.
Have you considered plastic surgery, and if so, what do you hope to achieve? How much does liposuction cost? Click here to see if it’s in your budget!
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