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Very well put. I was going to mention something about breast enhancement in the last post--that getting braces should not be put in the same category.
Lack of self-esteem, especially for women, is a big issue. Unfortunately our society encourages the illusion that if you look a certain way you will be happy (and drive a certain kind of car, etc. etc.).
Filling a hole like that with ANYTHING outside of ourselves is fruitless.
I immediately thought of my own experience and what recovery talks about: as an alcoholic I walked around with a hole and tried to fill it with alcohol (and drugs. and sex. and relationships). I moved across the country. But I was still there, and I was still empty. We call it a 'God-shaped' hole. It is a spiritual bankruptcy, and finding a sense of spirituality after getting sober, I found myself. As I got better, I found my sense of self worth.

I could have tried to fill that hole with cosmetic surgery just as easily (if I was rich maybe, or was surrounded by people who go for that kind of thing).

Great topic...I could probably go on and on, so I'll stop myself here. :)


Well, there's no surgery that'll fix my mug, so I hide behind the camera. :^) I'm afraid of needles nearly to the point of phobia, and the thought of scalpels also gives me the heebee-geebees, so I'm not tempted anyway.

Re: tooth pain -- I had my wisdom teeth pulled when I was 25 years old and the resulting pain throbbing through my jaw for the following couple of weeks would only respond to Advil (ibuprofen). I realize that it won't help for the procedure itself, but it might help for the days following while her teeth and jaw adjust. Enough to eat maybe.



A very thought provoking article.

In addition, we also live in commuinties where commerce hones in on our greatest fears and then invites us to purchase a product or service that will transform our lives forever. Our economies are built on this idea.

There was a time, not so long ago, when the idea of cosmetic surgery for anything but medical emergencies was abhorant. Now it is normal.

Tracy (Terelina)

Getting braces to have straighter teeth in general isn't cosmetic to me. Even having a better smile isn't too much cosmetic - but when you are going into it for the "perfect smile", etc., then you can cross a line, I think.

I think that there can be helpful benefits for some for cosmetic type surgery - but nips and tucks won't fill an empty heart.

I feel for your daughter. My parents gave me permission to whine, complain, whatever, for 24 hours following anything being done with the braces. (After that, I pretty much had to grin and bear it, literally - but it was helpful in that they acknowledged my pain, but also helped me learn to deal with a necessary thing.) When you're first getting them, it's horrid, but it got easier after the first few times.

Of course, my braces were a very long time ago (think decades). I'm not looking forward to my son getting them in the next couple of years (he's almost 12, and definitely needs them, and not just for cosmetics).

I found your blog after you commented on my gymnast post a while back. I appreciated your comment but was still very new to blogging and didn't reply!


There is a difference between self-confidence and self-esteem. Cosmetic surgery might be able to boost self-confidence. Self-esteem comes from the center of the spirit and can only be achieved through a long painful spiritual journey.

I've often wondered what God thinks about cosmetic surgery.

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