[quote="Luna_Lovecraft, post:2, topic:287292"]
I had a reduction mammaplasty eight years ago that tremendously improved the quality of my life in so many ways; it reduced neck and shoulder pain; it increased my mobility; it enabled to me exercise in ways I couldn't before; it enabled me to wear pret-a-porter tops that fit me properly; and it greatly increased my comfort while I sleep. When I came out of the anesthesia in the recovering room, my very first thought was that I was lying on my back yet I could still breathe. I literally cried with relief.
I have two scars on my forehead from childhood accidents that I toyed with getting minimized/eliminated. But age has brought a certain Laissez-faire attitude and magnanimity about my body and how it looks. I've accepted my scars and sags and wrinkles as symbols of a life well lived; if others have issues with them they need to d*mned well keep their opinions to themselves.
Movie stars and celebrities, on the other hand, have a vested interest in manipulating their bodies to meet sets of standards that don't apply to us mere mortals. For these men and women, their faces and their bodies are their industry, their livelihoods. Their jobs, and the jobs of the dozens and dozens of people who work directly for them, rely on their ability to hit and keep a certain "look." I don't think this is necessarily a good thing, and I truly abhor the horrible body image messages it sends to children and teenagers, but I do on some level understand why they're doing it.
I think it was probably a good thing the plastic surgeon you went to did not work on you. I'd be more than a little creeped out if a physician told me of any personal, aesthetic judgments he'd made about my body. And the fact that he dismissed you laughingly, telling you to go home because you're gorgeous, sounds more than a little patronizing to me.
Breast reduction is more of a health measure than an aesthetic measure. Must have been nice to feel more free :thumbsup:
I just worry that Hollywood pillow faces are going to be considered normal by the time my daughter is a teenager.