The plastic surgery debate

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I’ve often wondered what nurses think of plastic surgery as an option to enhance one’s looks. I think that anything can be fine—in moderation, that is. Today, we live in a world where we can go into a surgical suite and come out looking like a completely different person. We also live in a world where there is so much pressure to look “perfect.” We’re either too fat or too thin, too tall or too short, or too wrinkly and pale. We live in a world where we can fix anything—for a price. So what do we do? Should we be happy with what the cards have dealt us? Do we tweak what Mother Nature has in store for us?

In my opinion, looks do matter in some instances. Is it fair? No, but that’s the type of world we live in. Let’s say, for example, you’re interviewing people for a potential job, and one candidate is completely put together and gorgeous, and the second candidate is not so attractive and looks quite disheveled. Who do you think is going to make the best first impression?

Do I think nurses should pursue some sort of plastic surgery? If they are truly unhappy with something and it can be fixed, I say why not? I think if you’re a nurse in the plastic surgery field, a little work wouldn’t hurt. Nothing sells more than the product itself! The New York Times recently ran an article about hospitals in Prague offering their nurses free plastic surgery. The article argues that the nurses who opted for plastic surgery offered an ideal body image. In addition, the article stated that the surgery could have a negative influence, and the nurses could appear incompetent and would hold less value at the bedside.

I have to admit that since turning 30, I’ve started to dabble in injections and laser facials. I’ve been really happy with the results, too! I can see how people can go overboard. I often come out of the office wondering, “What else can I do to look better?” If you pick up any gossip magazine, you’re sure to see someone almost unrecognizable from various procedures. I wonder what they see when they look in the mirror. Is it deeper than just wanting to change the way they look?

Some people say I should just be happy with myself, and that’s true. But if you ask me, I am happy! I just want to enhance some of my features, not completely change them. I love the beauty industry and what it has to offer. My curiosity has even momentarily sparked an interest in working in an office like this when I’m a nurse! Oh, the possibilities of an RN!

What do you think about the plastic surgery debate? Have you indulged? Would you do it again?

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Megan Gilbert

My name is Megan Gilbert. I am a 29-year-old third year nursing student at Purdue University Calumet. I have been married to my wonderful husband Scott for eight years and we have two beautiful boys; Reece and Mason. We currently reside in Northwest Indiana in the town of Schererville, which is about 40 minutes outside of Chicago. I love spending quality time with my family and l also enjoy singing with my local church. In addition, one of my favorite things to do in my down-time is blog and read blogs.

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6 Responses to The plastic surgery debate

  1. Mona

    What makes us any different than any other person on the face of the earth. I’ve had several procedure. Glad I did each and every one too.

  2. Tiffany

    I work in a Dermatology practice and I must say that when patients are thinking about having a procedure done the always ask us (the nurses) if we ever had this procedure done and how we like it. I feel that if you work in the field of plastic surgery or dermatology you almost have to look perfect. You almost feel like you have to look flawless. I always have patients ask, “your skin is so beautiful, what products do you use or procedures do you do to have your skin look so good”. I admit I have had some laser facials and some botox too, and I love the way it makes be look and feel. I could not image working for a plastic’s office because I am sure I would get in trouble.

  3. I have lost 100 lbs in 18 months after having gastric bypass. My birthday present is a TA-TA job. I would like to have a tummy tuck and a face lift, but will see how my birthday present comes out, first. By the way, I’m 60 yrs old and been in nursing for over 30 yrs. My husband is 15 yrs younger and I want to look good for him and when we go out. We’ve been married 18 yrs. So, its a thumbs up for me. Too bad I don’t live in Prague.

  4. Alana Flynn

    I am definitely considering having something done. I am neutral about my appearance. but, I do want to keep working, and looking old is not career building.

  5. Kimberly Vicchiollo

    I had a tummy tuck and breast augmentation after having my 3rd and last child almost 7 years ago, I was 33 at the time. I am very happy with my decision and don’t mind telling people about my experience if they ask. I currently work in pediatrics but plan on making the switch to surgical nursing once I finish the program in December. I never thought about working in plastic surgery in the past, but as a surgical nurse I will definiely consider it, especially if it offers me the opportunity to finetune some areas using Botox, Lipo, laser hair removal etc.

  6. Rashida Lee

    I worked for a cosmetic surgeon for a year and got quite a few things done. And I am definitely happy with my decision. I would do it all over again. But I would have done everything at once instead of separately.