Originally Posted by Amity
Champers, are you saying you weren't in any way influenced by others' opinions when you had surgery?
Whatever procedures I had done, I did simply as marginally improving what I felt needed a helping hand (scalpel, needle, etc). I didn't use peers, the media or advertising as a barometer to gauge what I "should" look like aesthetically. I did, however, see people's "before and after" photos before letting anyone near me and I thought if these people can have just a minor "tweak" and look infinitely better, there's no reason why, as an informed adult working within the industry, I shouldn't be able to do the same.
Interestingly enough, most people I knew tried to talk me out of having anything done yet afterwards they admitted I looked much better as a result. Of course, I didn't got into it to seek outward validation from others but I will admit, it was nice to receive supportive feedback.
Aesthetic procedures, like tattooing and body piercing, CAN be addictive, though, LOL.