by Sherrell Dorsey of Organic Beauty Vixen

For the past few months I’ve been doing some social media contracting work with a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon. I probably know more about procedures, risks and preparation than I care to know. The entire experience has made me contemplate whether or not I would ever get plastic surgery. Would you?

Whether it’s a bigger butt, a thinner nose, a flatter stomach or bigger breasts it seems as though our culture is just a tad bit obsessed with our looks and the ideal image of beauty. I’m surely guilty and must admit that I’ve have considered a boob job when I realized that the same bra I wore in high school is still relevant to my life (and my boobs for that matter) today.

I’m a victim of vanity. I got Invisalign fresh out of high school, had my teeth bleached a few times and started working out to get that hard body I’ve always wanted. I color my hair and wear eye cream. I never want to look plastic but there are a few procedures I’ve considered to give me a little bit of what I was missing to fill out my clothes the way I want to. But do all of these things equate to lack of self-love or is it completely the opposite when we do our best to take care of what we have and take pride in how we look?

When we talk about changing our beauty in favor of something that may look a little “better” are we playing into society’s stereotypes or truly improving on what God has already given us? I’ve been hit with this conundrum for a while and not sure if subliminally we all do have our standard image of beauty whether we want to admit it or not.

Increasingly, according to an article I read on MSNBC “The Grio”, plastic surgery has become more affordable even for those without “money in the bank”. Additionally, Black women are having more and more work done.

Nene Before & After

Take a look at NeNe Leakes in an article on Essence.com who has made a dramatic “improvement” to her appearance. The sister looks fly I must admit but was there anything really wrong with her appearance in the first place?

I’m a little torn about the decision to undergo the knife. Maybe you all can help me with the pros and cons of the situation.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons the following were the top procedures for African Americans in 2010:

1. Liposuction

2. Nose Job (Rhinoplasty)

3. Breast Reduction

What do you think about these statistics? Have you had a procedure or considered one? Please share your story and experience with me.

Sherrell Dorsey is a natural beauty expert, writer, speaker and advocate of health, wellness and sustainability in communities of color. In addition to creating OrganicBeautyVixen.com, Sherrell writes beauty articles for Tyra Banks’s beauty and fashion site TypeF.com, Jones Magazine, MySalonScoop.com and Posh Beauty. Follow Sherrell on twitter at www.twitter.com/organicvixen and connect with her on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OBVMedia

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CN Says:

I couldn’t get a cartilage piercing without irritation and a threatened keloid. I’ll pass… unless of course my pathetic tidday situation doesn’t start looking up… literally 😉 As Nene said, ‘nipples high to the sky!’