Fix Your Face? Pondering Plastic Surgery

by Jamilah Lemieux

Mother of the Kardashian clan Kris Jenner debuted her new face this week after having some surgical enhancements done in order to prepare for the wedding of surgically enhanced daughter Kim (forger her butt-why is she under thirty and looking like a prettier version of the ‘cat lady’?)  in the coming weeks.

My mother, who is in her sixties and looks like she’s in her early fifties, has been lamenting a possible face lift for some time now. My late paternal grandmother once told my father that she had enough money to live independently for “ten more years”; shortly thereafter, she had a face lift and quipped “Well, I’m down to three now.” Vanity, I come by you naturally.

I’ve already committed myself to working out and eating (mostly) well in order to help my body age well on its own. And though I don’t see myself injecting botulism into my cheeks at thirty to look more youthful, nor ever changing my appearance 180-degrees with a bunch of work designed to make me look like someone else, I’m not shutting the door to the possibility of plastic surgery.

I hope to age gracefully; meaning with the ability to accept that I no longer will look like a 20-something when I’m a 50-something. But I also want to age well. If forced to choose between accepting how I look naturally, yet not loving it and loving how I look after having some work done, then I would likely find myself in a surgeon’s office. I’ve already established that my large, already low-hanging bosom will require a lift after the birth of my children. And I’m not opposed to a tummy-tuck or liposuction either. I’ve typically thought that my face would just do what it does naturally, but I’m not sure that I’d be cool with sagging jowls or crows feet if I didn’t have to deal with them.

What say you, Clutchettes? Have you or would you go under the knife for beauty? Why or why not?

  • ZY

    unless i’m disfigured in some sort of accident (God forbid)… I will not be altering my face w/any plastic surgery. i’m blessed with my mothers’ genes and that’s all i need. i’m not about to have anyone cutting into my face. no thanks.

  • Melinda

    I could never go under the knife.I like the way I look,even though I’m not stopping traffic all of the time.:)

  • LMarie

    I would definitely go under the knife for beauty. I don’t want to look like a different person (Vivica Fox or Kim K) but much like you I want to look fierce and fabulous and bourgeois a la Diahann Carroll and Lynn Whitfield. They are my mature inspirations! Not to mention all the 40 somethings that look amazing think Jada, Lisa Raye, Stacey Dash, Angela Bassett, Nia Long, and Sanaa Lathan. Thats my goal to take care of myself and look good without looking over done.

  • Saun

    Facelifts never seem to look natural and just make a person look like more of a weirdo. I’d do it for corrective measures after an injury but that’s it. As for lipo, I’m all for it. A dietician once explained to me that fat cells can multiply but conversely, can shrink down but never go away w/o lipo. After hearing that I became pro-lipo

  • fuchsia

    I sure would. I already know that I will need a breast lift or reduction eventually. Huge breast run in my family and every time I go up a bra size I freak a little. But I haven’t thought of doing much else.

  • Jon Perlman MD

    I’m a plastic surgeon and amongst the majority of doctors who truly feel that elective cosmetic surgeon is not for everyone. After 30 years of practice I’ve learned two important rules:
    Rule #1- Any deformity or weakness on a patient’s own face or body seems 25 times more prominent to him/her than it does to others around him/her.
    Rule #2- Having the insight and understanding of rule #1 doesn’t matter, since the feelings associated with the need to change a flaw are so strong that it never changes their viewpoint and desire for change.
    Rule #3 (based on experience): Many people who claim that they personally would never consider botox, fillers or plastic surgery eventually change their minds when aging starts to appear and an option to look better exists.

    Aging gracefully and naturally is a wonderful thing but it’s simply not for everyone.

  • Tami

    The only way I would consider plastic surgery is if my face was disfigured. Otherwise I will work with what I have. I feel beautiful most of the time & I try to eat right, though I hate to exercise. I’ve seen facelifts on people that look un-natural & would never deliberately do anything to damage God’s work of art.

  • WoW

    Eventually I will get fillers and a boob job. Right now I’m into the small stuff, laser/bikini hair removal, eyelash growth, beauty vitamins. I swore off meat, cheese and butter. I do more yoga.

    I saw LaToya Jackson on tv the other day….SHE LOOKS GOOD!

  • WoW

    Many black women are not familiar with fillers. I find that their perception of plastic surgery is limited to nipping and tucking. However, I did read there was a black plastic surgeon D.C. area that is blowing up because every year…more black women are discovering how cool all this (messing with God’s work) laser,injections, face-lift can be.

  • hehe

    I’m in my 20′s and doing my best to keep my body intact so I can look good in my later years. I have genetics on my side(thanks mom and dad!) but I still work out, try to eat right, keep my skin well moisturized, and visit the dermatologist. Plastic surgery is not out as an option because I want kids in the future and they can cause havoc on your body that diet and exercise can rectify.

  • Tatiana

    I dislike this distinction of aging well vs aging poorly. It’s kind of an ageist perspective to take on one’s physical appearance: you’re aging well if you “still look good” and it’s poor if you, well, look OLD. And using plastic surgery to “correct” these areas or act as some kind of maintenance seems extravagant.

    Personally, I’m more concerned with physical and mental health than ageist beauty standards. If I’m able to get around and can gladly still remember things then everything is going pretty well in my book. I don’t disagree with plastic surgery, I think it’s great actually. But I don’t think it should be used like it’s medicine, like a sort of check-up.

  • oknow

    facelift no but tummy tuck yes..

  • binks

    I definitely want to age gracefully but I also have no problem with some in office cosmetic procedures here and there though I’ am iffy about full blown surgery in general so we‘ll see how I feel when I get there. And to me Kris Jenner looks no different so that surgery looks like a waste of money

  • Miss Jay

    Yes I would definitely go under the knife without hesitation. I am very top heavy and have been so since my teen years. I am now in my 30s and I have learned to live with it but I would also like the luxury of living without it. Yes I have back problems, bruising etc but the main reason I want a reduction is aesthetic. I am “ill built” I know it and frankly I don’t like it. If I had the finances I would definitely make the changes..

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