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Summary: When it comes to plastic surgery, it’s difficult not to think of those celebrities who, too often, end up having to put their own transformations front and center. These celebrities can often have their motivations challenged much more than someone who, say, walked out of a clinic run by a Milwaukee facelift surgeon. In Hollywood, eyes are everywhere. So why do we examine the motivations of those celebrities? I think because we can relate to them. And that’s not unimportant. Tori Spelling’s recent revelations is just the most recent example of this trend.

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Plastic Surgery in the Spotlight

Celebrities have always been pressured to undergo plastic surgery. There’s career pressure to remain young-looking, and then, of course, there’s the ever-prying eye of the public. But then there’s also personal pressure to get plastic surgery—and that’s something we can definitely relate to. In a recent story published in US Weekly Tori Spelling of 90210 fame apparently wants to get a facelift in order to boost her self-esteem and self-confidence. Now, at first, this might seem like a slightly shallow reason to get a facelift—but the more we think about it, the more this makes sense.

Tori Spelling and the Power of the Facelift

In fact, many plastic surgeons openly boast about the positive emotional impacts plastic surgery can have (emotional benefits which have, by the way, been at least corroborated by research). So if Tori Spelling wants to get a facelift to boost her confidence and self esteem, we think that might be an excellent step for her. Of course, it will be between her plastic surgeon and her whether it’s a good idea. But much of that discussion will depend on the specifics of her case (for example, Spelling has procrastinated on replacing her breast implants for years because of her fear of general anesthesia—understandable though it may be).

Powerful Procedures for Confidence

And, certainly, Tori Spelling isn’t the only one who looks to plastic surgery for a boost of self-esteem. Many plastic surgery patients do likewise. So let’s take a look at a couple of different procedures and how they might help you in the self-esteem area:

Facelift – Since we started the conversation with a facelift, it seems fitting to discuss this first. During a facelift, a surgeon will typically remove excess skin and pull back the remaining skin. The end result is a far smoother appearance—the reduction of wrinkles and signs of aging such as lax skin. When done properly, there should be no “plastic” appearance to the face—it should instead look naturally more youthful. This youthfulness can be particularly empowering in a world where more and more of us are working later and later in our lives—and suddenly you’re fifty years old and going out on job interviews. Knowing you might look ten years younger than you are could certainly give you a nice shot of confidence and self-esteem.

Breast Augmentation – Among the most popular plastic surgeries out there, breast augmentation has been shown to lead to a significant rise in quality of life for those who want to have the procedure performed. During a breast augmentation, a breast implant (usually, but not always, silicone) is inserted into the breast in order to give the breast a larger appearance. In some cases, women don’t necessarily want larger breasts, they just want perkier, more youthful breasts. In these cases a procedure known as a breast lift would be more appropriate. A breast lift, essentially, correct the sag of breasts which occurs over the years due to aging and the effects of gravity.

Eye lid lift (blepharoplasty) – The truth of the matter is that there are all kinds of procedures that could make someone feel a little bit more confident. I’m choosing to give a little love to the eyelid lift because I don’t think it generally gets enough attention. During an eyelid lift procedure, plastic surgeons go in and remove excess skin from around the upper and lower eyelid. This can lead not only to improved vision (the overgrown eyelid can literally interfere with your sight) but also to a more friendly demeanor. In other words, excess eyelid tissue can make you look old, tired, and angry—by removing the excess eyelid tissue, plastic surgeons can make you look more youthful and vigorous.

Plastic Surgery Confidence Individualized

We’ll never know quite what’s in Tori Spelling’s head—nor, in the end, should it matter terribly much. Because everybody defines confidence differently—and it comes from a different place for everybody. The procedures that Tori Spelling might use to feel confident aren’t the procedures that you or I would use, and that’s perfectly okay. That’s why plastic surgery offers so many different options—from tummy tucks to liposuction to facelifts, there are many ways to get that shot of self-esteem. Millions of people get plastic surgery for just that reason.

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