Plasticality

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Lets talk about boobs. Men and women alike have them, their size and appearance varies depending on the person, and they are revered world wide for their feeding as well as sexual qualities.
Some people are happy with what they were born with, and others want an improved pair by the means of plastic surgery.
Boobs aren’t the only thing society alters through plastic surgery, and what better way to find out what society things than by asking my friends.
A while ago, I approached my instagram feed with the question: would you get plastic surgery, and if so, what would you have done?
The answers ranged from “no way in hell” to “in a heartbeat.” Many moms expressed how unhappy they were with their post baby body, and another set described those opting for plastic surgery as insecure. Those that didn’t want it went back and forth with how they were scared to go under the knife or they didn’t want the stigma associated with being “plastic.”
While I used to be guilty of thinking those that had plastic surgery were plastic, I now know that it was unfair for me to judge. Plastic surgery may not be for everyone, but chances are an unkind comment was said to the plastic surgery patient at some point that prompted that persons want and desire for change.
I have thought about a few things I would like to change; most notably my pixie ears that stick out. Eventually I would like larger boobs, but in all reality will probably never go under the knife. When I was a pre-teen, my mom offered to take me in for my ear pinning, but I never got around to it. Some days I wish I had had it done, but at this point in my life I couldn’t imagine being out of commission for 4-8 weeks.
As far as my boobs go; 32DD would be awesome… Who doesn’t want big perky boobs?! Well, I guess not everyone does, but that’s the size I would choose if I could have any size boobs. When my milk came in, that’s what my cup size was and it was pretty fab! I currently hover between 32C and 32D depending on if Atticus has nursed recently.

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I think it’s incredibly important for people to talk about plastic surgery, the dangers and the imperfections that can come with it. I’ve actually found a great resource in a soon-to-be mom, and fellow blogger; Jennifer Stano. In this post about her enviably amazing boobs, she opens up about Symmastia which is a surprisingly common complication of breast implants. It took her FOUR breast augmentations to get her 32D’s and after reading her journey, I really stopped wanting a different cup size. Since I don’t want to say never, perhaps one day after my baby feeding days are over I will go under the knife for a little nip and tuck.

So what about you? What would you change? Are you totally comfortable in your own skin, and wouldn’t change a thing?

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Xza
Xza Louise Higgins is the founder of MommyCon, creator of The Mommy Dialogues, and punk rock mom to two year old Atticus in the great city of Chicago, IL. She is incredibly passionate about birth options, human rights, and promoting gentle parenting practices.

10 Comments

  1. Amanda M S -  May 16, 2013 - 9:09 am

    I would get plastic surgery in an instant! Lol. Besides needing lipo on my whole body I want new, smaller boobies, my double chin gone for good, flabby arms gone, ear lobes smaller, slimmer thighs…. You name it, I would want it! Haha. But in all honesty what if I had to choose one thing I’d want a boob lift and reduction.

  2. Jen -  May 16, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    No way! To many possible complications. Plus, a non elective surgery is scary enough let alone an elective one. Also, once it’s done. It’s done. There’s no going back. (Obviously implants can be removed, but then that’s another surgery) I just don’t see that it’s worth it & If I had that much extra money I would find other ways to utilize it.

  3. Shavon -  May 16, 2013 - 5:44 pm

    Before I had kids I had perfectly beautiful 32C’s and loved them then after my dd they were 32B then after ds 30A so we’ll see when I stop nursing my 11m old what they look like…I would really just like to refill where all the skin is, so much skin, I feel like I could stretch it out across a room. I don’t know that I will but my boobs are a concern. I keep asking God if I can just keep these ones when Abel is done bf’ing 🙂

  4. Jenna -  May 16, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    For me: it would be a chin implant & jaw realignment. When I was a teenager I survived a tragic incident. Surprisingly, my then, fiancé used to f*ck with my emotions by using that insecurity as his weapon of choice. It would be nice to take the high road and not let it bother me. But, to this day, I’m insecure about it. Even tough 95% of people probably don’t notice it.
    Fun bags would be nice, too! LoL

    • Xza -  May 17, 2013 - 7:57 am

      Oh hug honey. That’s so not cool

  5. Bethanie -  May 16, 2013 - 7:18 pm

    I plan on having a breast reduction once my husband and I decide we’re done having children/I’m done breastfeeding. I’ve had back/shoulder problems since I was a teen because of my huge boobs (currently a 38K), but I chose to postpone surgery because I knew I wanted to breastfeed and I also knew that a reduction sometimes makes exclusively breastfeeding impossible. My husband has already agreed to pay for the surgery if our insurance refuses. I don’t really consider it “elective” since I would really prefer to not have the operation, I just don’t want to live with even more damage to my upper back and shoulders. As far as elective plastic surgery, I can’t say I would never do it, but it’s just not something I care about. It took me many, many years to finally love my body the way it is and accept that I’ll never be able to reach or maintain a socially acceptable level of thinness, so I don’t really see myself wanting to alter anything (surgically, at least…I fully intend to do my best to work on my muscle tone once I have this baby).

  6. Kathy -  May 16, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    I never thought I would be one for any type of plastic surgery. I’ve always been comfortable with myself but after nursing 2 children I would love to have perky boobs. My husband and I have talked about it and after we are done having kids he is on board with me getting a breast lift or implants but I’m still undecided because I want my girls to be comfortable with themselves and don’t want it to effect them negatively.

  7. Cristin L -  May 17, 2013 - 7:20 am

    While I would love to make a few changes to myself, namely get my full 34 C bra back (two babies sucked the life out of them)- I personally don’t think I could ever get surgery. 1. I’m a WIMP lol the thought of it makes my breathing heavy and I get a little dizzy. 2. After I had my daughter and thought about how I present myself to her as a female, I decided that I wanted to show her that I was happy with who I was just the way I am. I want her to feel content with her body, always. By getting surgery to change my body, it could send a message that her body needs changing too. I’m not judging women who get plastic surgery. It’s just not for me, and I hope that it’s not for my daughter either. Workout, eat healthy, dress for your type, surround yourself with people who accept you, think positively about yourself- these are the kinds of ideals I want my daughter to see from me and emulate. She’s perfect in my eyes, and I know to her (and my son and husband’s) eyes I’m perfect.

    • Xza -  May 17, 2013 - 7:59 am

      Those are super good reasons. I worry about that too…. what will Atticus think if I did alter something.

  8. Gina -  May 19, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    Hmm, at first I thought, oh heck no! But I have the flattest bum so a little extra cushion would be nice! But in reality I’m slowly beginning too be the body I have. Even with having a boy, I know that he will watch what we say, and if we ever have a girl in the future, I’d want to her to love what she has.

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