Oh, plastic surgery. Like that friend who stirs mixed emotions at parties. Some people are eager to talk about their nips and tickles. Others? They would rather talk about something else. Plastic surgery is not just for reality shows or gossip. People choose plastic surgery for looking younger for a variety of reasons. It’s time to have a good old chat about it.

Let’s be clear – having a facelift is not just about trying to look like your latest celebrity crush or chasing the fountain of youth dreams. There are other reasons to have a cosmetic procedure. Imagine a person who has been through a lot with their health, an accident, or perhaps they have just given birth to a child (congrats, moms!) Surgery could be about regaining confidence or feeling like ‘them again’.

The hot topic is ethics and those annoying beauty standards. Some people are not fond of the nips-and-tucks industry because it makes them feel inferior if they do not match some airbrushed ideal. When your Instagram feed is full of gravity-defying figures and flawless faces, it’s not hard to feel like you need some tweaking. It’s important to have a real talk with your doctor. They should be both a cheerleader and realism checker.

Let’s not overlook the cool side to cosmetic enhancements: technology! Here’s stuff that would be right out of a sci-fi movie. 3D printing implants? Check. Are robots helping in surgery? You betcha. You betcha.

Spider-Man, thanks for the example. While it may be tempting to pursue perfection with the shiny new tools we have at our disposal, you need to ask yourself some tough questions. What are we really aiming for with these changes? What do we really want? Acceptance? A killer selfie?

When you ask a question, everyone instantly becomes an expert. Your neighbor’s cousin or friend of your neighbor who has had work done suddenly knows what to do. You are on your own journey, so don’t take advice too seriously.

Let’s not forget that these things aren’t always cheap or easy. After a procedure, wallets may feel lighter than air. If you are thinking of taking the plunge, it’s important to do your research and save up before you make a decision.

This little chat is now over (see what i did there? Remember: it’s fine if you are all for or against plastic surgery. It’s important to be comfortable in your own skin and make changes that you want, not because others think it is necessary.

Live your best life, whether it involves surgery or accepting every wrinkle and line earned through frowning and laughing. Remember: whatever you choose to do (or have done), you should smile when you look in the mirror. You are confident and have a wicked sense of humour.

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