Female CEO tells Oprah.com how plastic surgery helped her life and career

December 19, 2011

The surgeries were not just an asset but also a career investment.
The surgeries were not just an asset but also a career investment.

A 55-year-old CEO who insists on anonymity reveals she has had two nose jobs, liposuction, breast implants, her ears pinned back, eyelid surgery, a forehead lift, lip filler, a tummy tuck and her teeth veneered. However, what she really wants is someone who will love her for who she is and not what she looks like. She isn’t crazy; she’s simply human, or in other words, a bundle of contradictions.

After her first surgery, she noticed that men reacted to her more positively. She knew their reaction was based solely on her new appearance, which she wants men to look beyond. Nonetheless, she proceeded to have at least eight more surgeries, leaving only her buttocks, hands and feet as they were.

Her surgeries began after she ended a sexless marriage of several years. The first man she dated made callous remarks about her small breasts and heavy thighs. Although she was a successful Wall Street investment banker, her self-esteem was zero and she thought she would never find love.

After the surgeries her romantic options exploded and her career shifted into high gear. She was still the same person but she now, “looked like a bombshell.” She was courted by senior partners and included in meetings with CEOs. The surgeries were not just an asset but a career investment.
When interviewed by Oprah.com, she was asked about the time and pain involved. She replied that surgery hurts but it stops hurting quickly, and “once you fix something with surgery, you don’t have to think about it again.”

So, does she now felt more confident? She doesn’t deny feeling more confident now that men are reacting differently to her, but she knows their reaction is based on her looks rather than a deep connection. However, her improved looks also make her feel less vulnerable and, with that, more careful about whom she chooses. Like someone burdened with wealth, she is looking to be loved for who she is and not what she offers. In the end, she’s enjoying the options plastic surgery provides and believes it’s important to equip herself with all the advantages.


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