Are Influencers Changing The Way We Think About Plastic Surgery?

Shaping, pun intended, our opinions one confession at a time.
PHOTO: (LEFT) Instagram/andreabeldua, (RIGHT) Instagram/pinkoolaid

Botox, plastic surgery, nose fillers, lip fillers, V-line, wrinkles, aging, nose job, non-invasive, invasive, injectables—how many of these words made you think, "I would never?" If you’re an open-minded millennial, we’re guessing a lot of them are normal or just ~whatever~. You’re most likely way more welcoming of body modification in the name of vanity than others. After all, it’s 2019 and body autonomy—your body, your decisions—is a thing.

But while there are hundreds of people who know better than to judge others on what they want to do in terms of self-improvement, there are still a hundred others who do judge. Luckily, there are a lot of online personalities who are vocal on how, why, and which body parts they’ve subjected to procedures, treatments, or “tweak-ments” (little adjustments by a semi-invasive method such as fillers and Botox). YouTubers like Raiza Contawi, Angel Dei, and Anne Clutz have been open with their experiences.

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Raiza flew to South Korea to have a non-surgical nose lift and lip fillers procedure. From looking for a clinic to recovery, she detailed her experience in her vlog,

I TRIED NON-SURGICAL NOSE LIFT & FILLERS IN KOREA!

When Angel got a nose job, she shared that her nose has always been one of her insecurities. She explained, "I finally decided that it's the right time to do it. Kasi, if there's something I can do to improve my confidence, you know, my physical appearance, why not, 'di ba?" She also emphasized, "It's my body, it's my choice." Spoiler alert: The results are wow! 

I GOT A NOSE JOB (RHINOPLASTY) | Angel Dei

Anne got arm liposuction, and it was something she has always wanted to get. In her vlog, she said, "I'm not asking for approval... This is something na kinoko-consider ko nang matagal na panahon na." She also showed her arm, and jiggled it as she joked about its appearance. "Mula noong dalaga ako, insecurity ko na talaga yang braso [ko] kasi nasa genes talaga namin iyan. Hello, Mommy," she shared. "This is something na gusto ko talaga gawin para sa sarili ko," she further added.

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I AM DOING IT. - anneclutzVLOGS

Here's the video of her liposuction experience:

ANNE CLUTZ'S LIPOSUCTION PROCEDURE

To shed more light on breaking the taboo of plastic surgery, we asked other influencers to talk about it here on Cosmopolitan Philippines! We are totally here for transformation stories–whether it’s going under the knife or the needle, one thing we believe in is the power to change your life by boosting your own confidence. If we haven’t convinced you yet at this point, here are the “confessions” to change your mind–or if not, at least open it to the discussion.

CAT ARAMBULO-ANTONIO

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What procedures have you done?

Cat: My most significant and life-changing procedure was my nose job.

How did you decide to finally do it?

Cat: My nose has been my insecurity since I was young. My parents never allowed me to do it. When I started working and finally found a doctor that I was comfortable with, I did it without batting an eyelash.

How was your experience?

Cat: The experience of having my nose done was life-changing. It gave me new found love for myself and confidence. My only regret is I wish I could have done it sooner.

What's your opinion on those who still frown upon plastic surgery?

Cat: Cosmetic surgery is a personal choice. It’s not for everyone. Respect!

What's your message to those who want to get plastic surgery?

Cat: Do it for the right reasons. Do it for YOU. And before you decide to do it, make sure you go to a reputable, well-trained and highly skilled doctor. Every doctor’s style is different so I highly recommend that you work with someone who is the right fit for you. Do your research!

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ANDREA BELDUA, Photographer

What procedures have you done?

Andrea: I have had lip fillers (and getting them refilled) for almost two years now! I always thought my lips were too small and thin. [I found my] philtrum (the length from the top of your lip to the bottom of your nose) too long, and it always bothered me how it threw my proportions off. It was too much of a hassle to constantly overline my lips and have it be faded after every meal!

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How did you decide to finally do it?

Andrea: I decided to solve it by finally getting lip fillers on my 23rd birthday in 2017. It was a birthday gift to myself, just as going blonde on my 18th bday was, haha. I think the hardest part was convincing my mom who was very against it back then. But then I did by telling her that it was not permanent naman and could be dissolved if it goes wrong, haha!

Where did you have it done?

Andrea: I had it done in Aivee Clinic!

How was your experience?

Andrea: I was nervous the first time, but I was more excited. They put topical anesthetic anyway so the needle pain will be lessened plus the filler itself has lidocaine which is another anesthetic. By the time half of the procedure was done, I basically felt next to nothing!

Recently, I also tried Botox for the first time. I’ve been grinding my teeth so much in my sleep and also when I’m awake. I am so stressed that my jaw and temples tend to be sore which stresses me out even more WHICH LEADS ME TO GRIND MY TEETH MORE, LOL. I had my masseter muscles Botoxed. I also had a few units on my frown lines (the 11s between your brows) and on the outer corner of the tails of my brow to relax and lift the totality of my brows. This move made my eyes look a bit more awake and less droopy.

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What's your opinion on those who still frown upon plastic surgery? What's your message to those who want to get plastic surgery?

Andrea: Frankly, I really don’t understand people who frown upon plastic surgery! We all want to look greatthat's why makeup and fashion exist so idk what the bigger deal with plastic surgery is.

I have three major thoughts about plastic surgery: 1. If you CAN afford it, why not? 2. If you know how to research and know fully well what you’re getting into, what the procedure you want entails for you, the pros and cons, which doctor you choose to do it and whether he/she is qualified and is the best that you know of to do it, why not? 3. Most importantly, you are doing it for YOURSELF. Not for any other person but for yourself. If you believe this will genuinely make you more confident and make your quality of life better, WHY NOT!! We only have one life, 'di ba? Why spend it in discontent over something you have power over naman. Your body, your choice.

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SHEN CALA-OR of Shen’s Addiction

What procedures have you done?

Shen: I’ve done Botox, fillers, and threadlifts (nose and cheeks).

How did you decide to finally do it?

Shen: I’m just really game for anything. I’ve undergone real surgical procedures: cyst removal under my chin when I was five years old, appendectomy at 18 years old, and two C-section births. These procedures weren’t something I was so scared about.

I noticed "11" lines forming between my brows and that irritated the hell out of me so I decided to go for it when I was offered a chance to get a Botox.

Where did you have it done?

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Shen: I had Botox done at Skincell and Luminisce. At Luminisce, they also did fillers and threads on me to lift my face.

How was your experience?

Shen: My experience was great, but there was pain involved. But overall, it was nothing they (the doctors) didn’t prepare me for.

What's your opinion on those who still frown upon plastic surgery?

Shen: People frown on so many things now! [They get] offended by the littlest thing. All I can say is you should do what you feel is best for you. I’m a blogger with an avenue to talk about it. I think that’s just what a lot of people wanteducation on these things so they could find the answers to the questions they fear asking. Let’s face it, plastic surgery is still taboo in our society.

What's your message to those who want to get plastic surgery?

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  1. Do your research. The more you know, the more you can focus on the results [rather] than the procedure [itself]. People get stuck on the procedure and pain part when those barely last minutes. Plus, all is tolerable!
  2. Find a reputable clinic! Their services may be expensive, but they will take care of you because they have a name to protect. Anything too cheap should be a warning to you already.
  3. There will be pain and a lot of healing involved. Eat healthy foods, take care of yourself, and follow the recommended post-care treatment to get maximum results and avoid complications.

ANGEL @pinkoolaid

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What procedures have you done?

Angel: Botox and fillers.

How did you decide to finally do it?

Angel: I'm 34 and I believe that prevention is much better than cure. I want to look and feel great on the outside as I do on the inside.

Who did your procedure?

Angel: Dr. Buenaventura (IG @beautydoctoroncall), an aesthetic doctor who is also my college best friend's older brother. I know him personally and can vouch for his skills. I still get touchups from him when needed.

How was your experience?

Angel: Quick and relatively painless. I'm super happy with the results!

What's your opinion on those who still frown upon plastic surgery?

Angel: People should mind their own business and let people be.

What's your message to those who want to get plastic surgery?

Angel: If you've got the funds, a trusted doctor, and you're coming from a healthy mental and emotional state then I don't see why you shouldn't go for it. Do it for yourself and not for anyone else.

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*Answers have been edited for clarity.

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