Dolly Parton is one of my heros. Not just because of her career, determination, and effervescent outlook on life, but because she’s straight forward about herself and the procedures she’s had done over the years. She had numerous nip, tucks, and sucks to keep her looking as young as she feels.
Like Dolly, I’ve had work done. Not as much as her, but still I have had more than what society admits to having done. There are so many people that claim to be “authentic”, but they don’t disclose all the procedures that they have had done for fear of judgement of others. If you want to be a “real person” you have to be really real. People don’t want the “My life is absolutely perfect” persona that you put on social media, they want to know YOU and ALL of you.
When I was 26, I started noticing the fine lines creeping in on my forehead. I was 26. You aren’t supposed to get wrinkles at 26. You are supposed to start getting wrinkles when you’re like 50. To counteract this, I started getting botox, you know, preventative measures, right? I didn’t want to wake up one day and not even recognize the person in the mirror. It typically takes 3 weeks for Botox to kick in and your wrinkles disappear. By week 3, I was amazed.
Once the I saw the effects of Botox, so did my hubby. He asked “so, can they put that stuff in your lips too?” Most people would be offended by their husbands saying this because “he should think I am sexy no matter what mentality”, luckily I’m not one of those people. At 27, I started getting lip injections. They made my round face proportional now. Currently, I ask my doctor to give m DSL’s (If you don’t know what that means, google it). My doctor is so awesome, she refuses to make them look “fake” because I want a natural look.
In between all of the Botox and Juviderm, I got breast implants, lipo suction, and a tummy tuck. I didn’t do it for anyone but me. It made ME feel good. My hubby never asked me to get those particular things done, I did them on my own accord. You know what it gave me? Confidence. I hadn’t had that in a really long time. I also got lots and lots of sex, not because my boobs were bigger, but because I was confident of my body. I was all about having sex, because I felt good about me.
A few months ago, I was doing a Facebook Live and someone had commented that they loved my lips. I replied with “thank you! Me too! Goodness knows I paid enough for them!” I had never really been open publicly about my small little procedures that I had done. A few days after the live, I had 3 women thank me for being so open about it, they had wanted to get theirs done, but worried about societal backlash. That moment taught me to not be ashamed of getting things done and to be REAL about it. Something people hate more than the “perfect person” is that person pretending everything is natural and selling yourself as that.
You probably have an opinion on what I have done and continue to do, and that’s cool. The awesome thing about me is that I’m going to keep doing what makes me happy and telling the world that I’m not perfect and I paid a lot of money to look this way, but I did it for me.