Fixing those insecurities

It's 2023, and advances in technology and health, as well as access to resources, means that no longer do we have to live with those things that made us insecure — we can fix them, or embrace them. Just two weeks ago, American model and socialite Blac Chyna chronicled her 'life-changing journey', as she shared with her social media followers, in detail, how she was reversing several plastic surgeries and injections. Having had her first breast enhancement at age 19, the now 34-year-old said she was removing her breast and butt implants, and removing fillers from her face. "You all have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that," she wrote to her followers.

While Blac Chyna is doing the reverse — removing the enhancements that she once thought would make her feel better about her body — others are doing what they can to enhance themselves, so they feel better, less insecure. And that's OK.

We asked some women, what was or is your biggest body insecurity, and what have you done about it?

Chloe, 43:

I had this ugly scar on my leg from when I jumped out of a handcart as a child, and it meant that I was very uncomfortable wearing shorts, or even being intimate with anyone. As a teen and a young woman I tried everything to remove it — laser, bleaching creams, oils, and even once tried to cut it out myself, which made it worse. The other day I visited a plastic surgeon who was able to do a scar revision, and now I just have a tiny line scar. It was so easy to do, and I realised I went though years of heartache when it was an easy fix.

Tonya, 30:

Under eye bags. I looked like 50, and like I was always tired. It's genetic and I hated looking in the mirror, and every photo I took, I'd have to edit them. I was browsing Instagram and saw a surgeon, made an appointment for a consult and within a few weeks I was doing surgery. I had to take out a loan, but I'd do it all again for the confidence I now feel.

Moya-Ann, 35:

My insecurity now is my belly, after having a C-section. It won't go down, no matter what diet I'm on, or how many exercises I do. I'm so uncomfortable that I can't wear certain clothes. I'm saving up for liposuction because it's modern times now, and mothers don't have to sport that mom belly anymore.

Liz, 37:

It was my teeth, and I couldn't do anything about it before because braces was out of my reach, and I had two children in prep school. Now that they started high school and I got a promotion, I was able to finally get my braces, as well as work on all the other things that were wrong with my teeth. It's still very expensive, and thank God I have insurance, but it's a sacrifice I had to make for myself.


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