Thursday, 23 June 2011

Guest Post: Will Your Fashion Fix Lead to Surgery?

Today I have a guest post for you all written by Isabella from cosmeticsurgeryguru.com. Isabella writes about all aspects of cosmetic surgery on her blog and today she tackles a tough question that leaves us thinking how far would we go in the name of fashion...

Few accessories can finish off a look as a well as a pair of stylish earrings – but as designs become more and more elaborate, some are finding there’s a price to pay for glamming up your lobes further down the line. In fact a whole cosmetic surgery business is being built around the pursuit of accessory perfection.

You can’t have failed to have noticed the earring designs on the catwalks over the past few years, as designers aim to outdo each other with ridiculous designs and sizable weights to match. Forget tasteful diamond studs or small rings, we’re talking huge hunks of metal, wound down from each ear like an expensive light fitting. Some even wind around the wearer’s neck!


And of course, where the catwalks lead, the high streets follow and many of the popular retailers have followed suit with their own budget versions of the designs. While these cheap and cheerful homages may not weigh as heavy on the wallet, they can certainly do just as much damage to their wearer’s lobes.

Clinics are reporting increasing numbers of
patients needing ear surgery after years of overloading their lugholes with heavy pieces of jewellery. Ironically, the cost of the surgery far outstrips what you’d expect to pay for a jewellery box-full of tacky earrings.

Typically, the repairs cost a few hundred pounds per ear and can take half-an-hour under local anaesthetic. Once the operation’s complete, your lobes will be hole free – but this isn’t the end of the story. For many people who have the procedure, the repair isn’t final – and is simply a chance to start again – and the ears can be pierced again six weeks later. In fact, some surgeons are even being asked to strengthen the ear during the operation so that the patient can wear actually wear heavier earrings. If this is the case, surgeons have the option to remove cartilage from the inner ear to add to the lobe or plumping up the lobe with Restylane.


Although some may be shocked by the lengths some will go to go one better during their beauty regimes, for others it’s nothing new. Given that there’s already
liposuction for calves to help women fit into knee-high boots and toe shortening to ease the foot into heels, the trend shows no sign of stopping – how far will the world’s glamourpusses go to stay beautiful?

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25 comments

  1. Paying loads to get ears repaired? That sounds abit stupid, as many people actually enlarge the holes in their ears which can easily shrink back to normal. I guess people just have to be patient in letting the healing process commence ^_^

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  2. People should just be happy how they are and not go through surgery to fix their ears, sounds a bit silly :S xxxx

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  3. sooooo ridiculous tbh! i can't understand how shallow people can get...each to their own i suppose!

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  4. Lets face it, it's only as ridiculous as having a boob job so you can wear a bigger bra, or more feminine tops. I'm completely pro all surgery :) as long as it makes you feel better about your self, why not :) x

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  5. surely if a persons piercing holes get bigger because of the heavy earings, they can strink again? its like when people use stretchers and if you take them out, the hole will gradually shrink.

    x

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  6. can't believe this! people really need to stop messing around with themselves!!
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  7. This is all a bit scary. I think the worst is toe shortening? That's horrific!

    x

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  8. Certainly not that far. I'm of the belief that I should wear fashion and fashion shouldn't wear me. I've been pondering a breast reduction for some time as even though I'm perfectly happy with my body (in fact I would go as far to say that I'm happier seeing myself naked then when I'm dressed) but clothes shopping would be an utter nightmare and most styles and shops couldn't cater to my big bust/tiny waist. Every time I got dressed I felt rubbish. Everytime I went shopping I would cry. I'd either look like a sack of potatoes and seven stone heavier or my boobs would be pinched and bullied and squeezed into bizarre shapes. Fashion made me ugly. It's only been in recent years that even bras have caught up! I was a size 8 with a 32G bust at my biggest. I even contemplated starving myself below a healthy BMI where I know my chest would decrease to a C cup just so I could look nice in clothes for once!

    Then I went to Chloe one day and tried on one of their dresses which I thought was my size and would fit. It was for a wedding, just after I'd had a baby too, so I needed to feel good. The dress was too big. So I tried on the next smallest and then the very smallest and then even THAT dress was slightly too big. Now at that point I realised if I'm healthy and curvy enough but can still fit into this tiny beautiful Chloe dress, even after having a baby and not even wearing control underwear then wtf should I change myself to fit clothes at ALL. CLOTHES should fit me. And from that point on ive said to myself it's fashion that is wrong, not me. Why should I cut my boobs off, risk my life and be scarred for life because they lack foresight? I don't have to give them my money after all.

    Now I get everything tailored to fit my waist if I need it too and I'm learning to sew so I can wear the looks I want and which actually flatter my body. It's more effort and I mourn the fact shopping is still a chore BUT it's taught me how to be original, inventive and love myself.

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  9. This is ridiculous! good thing I tend not to wear super-huge earrings!

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  10. To me that just seems stupid. Beauty and looking good doesn't and shouldn't have to come at physically changing yourself. Other things are way more important and beauty should come from loving yourself the way you are first.

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  11. This is why I don't wear heavy earrings except occasionally!

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  12. @Lianne, I had a breast reduction two years ago. I went from a 36DD to a 34D (two cup sizes), and it was THE best decision I have ever made. I can run now, my back/neck/shoulder pain has lessened, and I don't have to buy specialty tops and bras. And they're still large! My buttoned shirts still pull a bit, but I no longer find myself crying in dressing rooms. Looks aside, I just FEEL so much better without all of that extra weight.
    I'm completely opposed to plastic surgery unless it's medically necessary- even though I'm still crossing my fingers that one day my nose will be broken and require surgery to fix. But I know that the chances of that are slim to none, and knowing that I look the way I was meant to look, without the help of a doctor, knowing that I am a real, natural person- that puts me a step above the rest I think. The fact that I have the confidence to be myself even though I don't always like the way I look is awesome. I don't need a tiny nose to be beautiful.

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  13. Thank Heaven for plastic surgery! I rarely wear earrings and if I do, they are only a pair of light weight studs my husband purchased for me. I see nothing wrong with getting saggy earlobes fixed. I've seen old ladies with saggy earlobes before so it isn't really pleasant. As far as calve lipo is concerned, that is a Godsend to anyone who was born with bigger calves and always dreamed of wearing fashionable boots but could never find a pair that fit. Finally, my husband really wants to have children. I'm in my 30s and I already notice that my metabolism is not what it used to be. The women in my family all have had babies in their 30s and struggled with losing baby weight. I am not shy about telling him I want a mommy makeover after I have children with him.

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  14. wow... you know what ..the 1st model on the photo looks like Tanyas model on her last video :) xxx

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  15. Wow. This is definitely an eye-opener; have never heard about this but am glad to know it now. Thanks for the post!

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  16. the first earrings are very cute but they are too harmfull

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  17. They must be wearing some seriously heavy earrings to damage their lobes to the point of surgery :P

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  18. We've discussed topics like this in school and it's always fascinated me a ton - how far will women really go?

    What amazed me most was the fact that women, after having their ears sewn back into place, could turn to the doctor and ask for them to make their ears stronger! Soon we'll have a bunch of strong earred women running around!

    It was funny though, as I read that part and further on, it reminded me of the Hunger Games (if you've read them) and how in the Capitol people has really strange tattoos and surgeries done to make them more beautiful, and how we are slowly growing towards that type of society.

    Just fascinating. Thanks for posting! I love your blogs!

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  19. I have always liked long earring but to the point of leading me to surgery is not fun. Never hurt yourself for the sake of fashion or looking good. There are always other options.

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  20. I'm honestly a little surprised at Isabella's tone here - it seems borderline scathing (amused, perhaps?) toward women who would elect to have these surgeries. I would argue that they're not at all frivolous.

    I'm unsure whether or not this is popular outside the U.S., but ear-gauging is very "in" right now. Generally, the ear can repair itself, but once you hit a certain gauge size, you're guaranteed those holes in your ears for life. Is it the most intelligent decision? No. But neither is setting your hair on fire and burning your scalp, but it happens.

    Also, I WISH I could get calf liposuction! Anyone who scoffs at THAT has no idea how painful it is to be born with 18" circumference calves. (I'm not overweight - just an ex-weightlifter and hockey player with thick muscles. x[ There's the subcutaneous layer of fat, but it's mostly muscle.) You can't wear skinny jeans or beautiful boots. You'll be lucky if you can find knee-high socks or tights that fit well.

    Overall, as long as a surgery isn't unnecessarily putting one's health at considerable risk, I feel it's a MYOB thing.

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  21. that's so terrible! I don't think designers need to have THAT big of earrings. I bet the first designer to recreate the small, pretty earring will get a lot of attention haha

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  23. It is really no good following every trend blindly. These catwalks and glamour industry has made people follow the changing trends even those which may be damaging to them. There have been botched botox and fillers cases. You can search the anti wrinkle injections before and after pictures online to see how cosmetic treatments from unprofessional have lead to disasters.

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  24. I love the way you write and share your niche! Very interesting and different! Keep it coming! liposuction abroad

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