Have You Had “Work” Done?

There — we asked it. And it’s ironic, really, because even in today’s modern, seemingly more open-minded playing field, where the pop culture MVPs are the Kardashians and Gagas of the world, and one can access Juvederm as easily as they might stop in for their preferred coffee order at Starbucks, the conversation surrounding plastic surgery still seems taboo. It’s a two-sided coin, and has been since origination. With dramatic series like the early 2000s hit, Nip/Tuck and present-day reality shows like Botched spotlighting the good, bad, and ugly, plastic surgery is everywhere, no matter how non-invasive or extreme, and whether you notice it or not. But, does the act of having work done in 2019 — whether in botox, implant, reduction, suction (the list truly goes on), or some other form — mean that it should still be viewed through a controversial lens?

Here at Bleu, we’re in the business of supporting what makes women happy, and have always considered the act of having any type of cosmetic surgery or enhancement a personal choice. It’s your body, after all. Some of the ladies on our team have had work done themselves, and others reserve the right to age gracefully. Which is why we want to open the floor for our readers to shake some of the secrecy surrounding surgery. And, we’d like you to be as candid as you feel comfortable. Have you had “work” done? Was it for cosmetic purposes? Preventative? Do you love it? Do you regret it? Are you against it? Do you pass judgment on others who do? Let’s lay it all out in the comments section, below.

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9 Comments

  1. Sarah

    June 19, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    I have not personally had any work done. I work in the hair industry and see it so often! Both of my coworkers have had injections and other treatments. I think if it makes you happy and you do it safely- go for it! I’m not sure if it is something I will eventually venture into or just let myself age naturally.

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  2. Calli Alford

    June 19, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    I’m 27, about to be 28, and had a nose job (rhino/septoplasty) at the end of 2018 to correct a deviated septum and shave the bump in my nose. I’m SO happy I trusted myself to go through with it and couldn’t be happier with the results. It didn’t drastically change my overall appearance, in fact my friends wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t told them, but I’m more self confident because of it.
    I haven’t yet, but I’m sure I’ll get botox a few times a year as I age.
    And I’m definitely not opposed to getting a breast lift if I nurse babies.
    Having “work” done is nothing to be ashamed of!
    The only people I kinda sorta judge are people like Jocelyn Wildenstein. Hah!

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  3. Molly

    June 19, 2019 at 4:23 pm

    You want us to be open and candid and yet you have not done the same. Why don’t you set the example and be transparent with your details and reasons? I think that would be more inspiring. Otherwise it feels a bit hypocritical, asking for engagement without offering anything.

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    • James Kicinski-McCoy

      June 19, 2019 at 7:46 pm

      I agree Molly! While, I cannot speak for the others on my team, I can share my personal experience. I received Botox on my forehead and filler to lift and flatten a deep scar between my eyes last year. I had thought about preventative Botox for years (I have friends that were getting it in their mid-twenties), but fear of invasive needles, the cost, and after having seen some botched jobs kept me away. It’s been about 9 months since I had it done and the Botox has long faded, the filler in my scar is starting to lower, and I do plan to go back. I keep putting it off, again for those same reasons above, but I am a fan. I have thought about veneers and a breast lift one day — two things that I am very self-conscious about, but I don’t think I’ll ever have the guts to go under the knife, I’m too much of a baby, but I would love and welcome an enhanced, brighter smile one day, but damn it’s so pricy!

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  4. Luisa

    June 19, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    If it wasn’t so expensive I would love to do fillers on my lips and botox on upper lip wrinkles. I have done fibroblast around my lips but didn’t see a great improvement on deep wrinkles. I also did beauty pen that adds hyaluronic acid through the skin and plumps the area. It’s more affordable than injectable fillers but not as noticeable. I hope technology evolves so these are more affordable. Also, I lost a lot of weight recently through reducing carbs and loosing baby weight and I wish I could afford a tummy lift…

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  5. Mackenzie

    June 25, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    If “having work done” weren’t so cost prohibitive, I’d probably have done it already. I’ve always wanted a nose job, and with that would likely come a chin reduction to balance my features. It’s a fine line, though, because then I could see myself wanting bigger lips, and then the list keeps growing, and my face would keep changing. There’s always the uncertainty–will I actually be happier if I do it? Or will I fixate on something else? It’s probably best I can’t afford it–hah!

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  6. Elizabeth

    June 27, 2019 at 7:57 am

    I’m right on board with most people who would want to get work done if it were more affordable. I have a big nose and have wanted to get a nose job for so long, but then my more ‘reasonable’ side always thinks of the travel and experiences I could have for the same amount of money. I also second what Mackenzie said about potentially becoming fixated on the next thing you don’t like once you’ve fixed the primary focus.

    The only ‘work’ I’ve had done was getting my eyebrows microbladed (although I’m not sure that really counts). At first I was in love with them, and for the most part I still am, but I do have days when I wish I wouldn’t have done it at all. Now I just have to wait a few more years for them to fade and work on a little self-acceptance in that time frame!

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  7. Gemma

    July 23, 2019 at 2:44 am

    I have mixed feelings about cosmetic surgeries…

    Of course, every woman is entitled to do what she wants with her body, but growing up in a Mormon community where lots and lots of women have breast enhancements (including my mother) because they find their worth through how men see them…. It was very confusing as a small girl and I remember feeling so embarrassed about my body.

    Years later, I’m a college-age woman standing in a communal shower in Denmark with a bunch of other fabulously flab and nude women. It was such a beautiful moment to be around natural women who felt confident in their natural skin. I ended up marrying a Scandinavian and I really love how they embrace natural things.

    I don’t think I’ll ever get plastic surgery, but if a woman wants to do so, I hope it would be 💯 for themselves. And that they would think about how their attitude towards bodies affects young girls. Keep it healthy ☺️.

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  8. Jess

    August 26, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    I’ve had a breast augmentation to even out asymmetry and a lift. Best decision I’ve ever made for my confidence. I am 100% for loving one’s body as it comes, but at the same time I felt it was the right decision for me and I don’t regret it for a second.

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